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If the recession is slowly beginning to end, it’s companies like Subaru that are leading the charge. The Japanese automaker recorded its best sales ever in July with 21,839 units sold, compared to 16,271 units during the same period last year. That’s an increase of 34 percent!
While a lot of credit can be given to the fact that in July Subaru brought the new 2010 Legacy and Outback to dealerships, both the Forester and Impreza out-paced the new models. Outback sales were up 33 percent over last July, while Legacy sales were up 34 percent. The Forester posted a 36 percent increase while the Impreza wracked up an amazing 41 percent climb. In fact, the only model to suffer decline was the Tribeca SUV, which is sold in such small volume anyway that it doesn’t have much of an effect on overall sales.
“Our sales reflect that our brand has solidly connected with customers,” said Subaru of America executive VP and COO Tom Doll. ”We have been consistent with everything we have done to build not only safe, durable, fun-to-drive vehicles, but also the Subaru brand.”
Official release after the jump:
With news of the new Subaru Legacy already out, it was a safe assumption that it would be the focal-point of the company’s press conference at the New York Auto Show. The company did unveil that model, but also had a Subaru surprise in store, in the form of the 2010 Outback.
The new Outback will be powered by either a standard 2.5-liter boxer four-cylinder engine with 170hp or an optional 3.6-liter six-cylinder boxer engine with 256hp. The 2.5-liter motor will come standard with a six-speed manual with an optional CVT transmission. As for the flat-six, it will come with a five-speed automatic.
The spaciousness of the new Outback has been improved with eight percent more cargo volume. This is due in part to an all new vehicle platform that is two inches wider than its predecessor. The wheelbase has also been exteded by 2.8-inches, although the actual length of the vehicle is slightly less than the ’09 model.
For ideal off-road capability, the ground clearance has also been improved and is now rated at 8.7-inches.
GALLERY: 2010 Subaru Outback
More on the 2010 Subaru Outback after the jump: