Yesterday we reported that there was a rumor about the vehicle being discontinued after seeing hopelessly inadequate sales, talking to Inautonews, the company flatly denied that report, saying that it will, in fact, continue into the 2013 model year.
The trouble is that the car struggled since its 2005 debut to gain popularity or traction with consumers. Subaru managed to sell 10,975 units in 2008, but those numbers dwindled to 2,791 by 2010.
Considered ugly and irrelevant by many, the industry probably breathed a collective sigh of relief when that news broke. Unfortunately, Subaru doesn’t seem ready to admit that it’s throwing the baby out with the bathwater by continuing production.
Past rumors suggested that an upcoming version might be based on the Toyota Highlander, and given the confirmation that the unpopular Subie will stay in the lineup, there’s a chance something like that might actually happen.