The Los Angeles Auto Show is the final show for the year, but that did not stop vehicle manufacturers hauling out their latest wares. Subaru unveiled its seven-seater SUV, the Ascent, which essentially replaces the company’s now long defunct Tribeca. The Ascent will be the Japanese marque’s SUV charge in the US market, where Volkswagen will also be playing in that space with its Atlas. Based on the Subaru Viziv-7 shown last year, it will sit above the Forester and Outback in the range. There is currently no news on what engines the model will use, but there is a rumour that it will likely have a 2.4l, four-pot turbo petrol boxer engine. At this point the model is under consideration for SA and it will be interesting to see where it is priced relative to the competition should it be made available here. While I was in Portugal last week to drive the latest BMW M5, which you can read about elsewhere in this issue, the company was also pulling the covers off its i8 Roadster. We have be...

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