Report: Subaru Diesel Could Find Its Way Into North American Models

Subaru is open to the possibility of selling diesel-equipped vehicles in the U.S., but according to Subaru Executive Vice President Tom Doll, several things will have to happen first. In an interview with Ward’s Automotive, Doll commented on emissions regulations and the price of diesel fuel.

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2011 Subaru Impreza WRX to Get STI Wide-body

After missing the mark in 2008, Subaru continues to add higher levels of performance to the WRX, bumping the power output to 265-hp in 2009 and now announcing that for 2011 all WRX models will come with the STI’s wide-body. And it’s not just for show either. Starting in 2011, those flared fenders will make room for a track that is 1.5-inches wider in both the front and rear. Inside each fender a set of 17×8-inch wheels come mounted with wider 235/45/17 tires – which can only add to the all-wheel drive grip.

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Subaru Announces Record Year With 15 Percent Spike in Sales

In a year where most automakers saw staggering sales losses that pushed many to the brink of bankruptcy, and some over it, Subaru is one of a handful of companies sad to ring in the New Year and see 2009 fade into history.

With an onslaught of new products designed at a wider segment of the market, Subaru managed to move 216,652 units in 2009, up a solid 15 percent from last year and topping the company’s previous best year (2006), where it sold 200,703 vehicles.

With continual good news almost ever month in 2009, Subaru ended the year on a high note with December sales up 33 percent to 23,074 units, as compared to last year.

“We really owe this tremendous success to both our retailers and employees, who executed the business plans we set in place. Along with our vision and their belief in the Subaru brand, they helped make that vision a reality,” said Tom Doll, EVP and COO of Subaru of America.

“Subaru is well-positioned to continue its success into 2010,” said sales VP Tim Colbeck. “We have the right products, marketing and dealer network providing us with a strong foundation for future growth.”

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Report: Subaru Only Automaker to Receive IIHS 'Top Safety Pick' for Every Car in Its Lineup

With a recent barrage of testing performed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), Subaru was recognized as the only automaker to get a Top Safety Pick rating for every vehicle in its lineup.

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Subaru of America Records Best Sales Ever in July

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.”

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