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Subaru B9 Tribeca, SUV
#1948 of 8368 Inside Line errors
Feb 23, 2005 (11:22 am)
Either Edmunds' Inside Line knows many things that we don't, or they've been careless listing the specifications for B9 Tribeca:
Telescoping steering wheel?
Retained accessory power?
Manual flip-up liftgate window?
Inside mounted spare tire?
On demand 4WD?
And a few other items seem questionable:
Regular unleaded fuel? (I thought premium recommended for H6)
Desk sensing headlamps?
Auto delay off headlamps? (As opposed to Auto-off on my Outback... no "delay".)
Exterior automatic dimming electrochromatic mirror, driver only?
Rear reading lights? (I'd love to see them, though)
Anyone see anything else that seems wrong?
Feb 23, 2005 (11:24 am)
Inside Line also says Tribeca's built in Japan.
Feb 23, 2005 (11:54 am)
obviously that's wrong.
#1951 of 8368 Re: Inside Line errors [jeffmc]
Feb 23, 2005 (12:34 pm)
The heading says "Compact Wagon".
Do you more errors than this ?
They consider exterior awkward
Feb 23, 2005 (1:08 pm)
Actually, the Volvo-derived Haldex AWD system is not bad. It's still part-time, but it does act quickly.
I still say Ford is going to get the price shoppers first and foremost.
Tribeca aims a little higher in terms of design and materials, so it's not nearly as vanilla.
Honestly, I think the segment will expand as a whole and Subaru can easily squeeze out 40k buyers per year.
Feb 23, 2005 (2:49 pm)
Juice mentioned a specific model (Forester). So, I mentioned one for Ford (F-150). But Ford has done more than win just individual categories, they've won the overall division rankings, as well. GM, for that matter, frequently wins the manufacturer's title.
But we are getting way off topic here. All I meant to do add some perspective on a claim by introducing some facts.
When it comes to the Tribeca as a single model, I think Subaru will have a tougher time with loyalty. Mid-size SUVs is a fully developed market with many competitors. And unlike entry level markets, buyers are likely to come back to the segment (filled with sharks). This is not like a niche market where there are only one two players in the game. So, getting Tribeca owners to come back for another might be difficult.
OTOH, I expect they will retain customers. As I'm sure Subaru has planned, Forester or Outback owners who need something larger should look to the Tribeca. That will improve Subaru's chances of winning the Division Award.
#1954 of 8368 Re: Inside Line errors [jeffmc]
Feb 23, 2005 (4:03 pm)
They must have mixed up specs with another vehicle -- that is a lot of wrong stuff!
Feb 24, 2005 (5:06 am)
you are missing the whole point.
Subaru is only (as always) targeting a small niche customer base.
1. Already loyal customers that go elsewhere for 7-seaters.
2. Those who can't afford expensive german brands.
Comparing with Ford is not logical
#1956 of 8368 Re: [sweet_subie]
Feb 24, 2005 (10:49 am)
Tell that to the guy who brought it up.