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Subaru L-Series [AM]

Subaru L-Series [AM] in Heartbreak High, TV Series, 1994-1999 IMDB Ep. 5.21

Class: Cars, Wagon — Model origin: JP

Subaru L-Series [AM]

[*] Background vehicle

Comments about this vehicle

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DynaMike NL

2007-06-20 14:22

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Subaru?

car nerd US

2007-06-20 22:32

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Yeah, Subaru for sure. I think it may be a DL/GL.

SteveWonder BR

2007-06-21 04:53

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Leone?

See ya! []'s

nzcarnerd NZ

2007-06-21 10:54

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Leone here in NZ - not sure what the Aussies called. Later what to us is a Legacy is a Liberty to them.

coopey ES

2009-07-01 16:47

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seen again in episode 3.17 [*]:

MisterZ AU

2013-12-29 16:49

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L-Series, not Leone. Leone name in Australia was only used for sedans.

EDIT: my comment above isn't entirely correct. The L-Series name wasn't actually really used in Australia (at least, not until the 90s), and it doesn't appear anywhere on the vehicle body itself. Car reviews and Subaru brochures in the 1980s made no mention of this name. The first mention that I could find of the name "L-Series" was in 1991. The name also appears in Redbook Australia, as a name to cover the broad range of wagon models sold by Subaru. In summary, the L-Series was a name that was applied retrospectively to Subaru wagons of the 1980s, but it was never actually used in the 1980s itself, in marketing at all.

The vehicle's proper name depended on the grade. When introduced in November 1979, it was called the "Subaru 4WD Town and Country Wagon", but this name didn't seem to last very long. In 1982, an automatic transmission became available for the first time, on a new trim level, called the "4WD Touring Wagon". The base model was known as simply the "4WD Station Wagon". In 1984 only, a limited edition "Sportswagon" was introduced as a third trim level.

When the new generation arrived in 1985, the names basically continued as before. However, in 1986, the base model was renamed "DL" (or Deluxe) Wagon, and a new 2WD wagon was introduced for the first time, called the "GL". The "Touring" model continued, as the top of the line trim level. The 2WD wagon was short-lived, and was discontinued the following year. From 1988-1991, the "Sportswagon" was re-introduced. The Touring name eventually disappeared, and after 1991, models were simply known as DL or GL grade.

This is all very confusing, obviously, so I honestly have no idea how we should list these cars on this site. Perhaps best to simply leave them all as L-Series?

-- Last edit: 2018-12-09 16:17:29

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