The Subaru Forester Scores Second MOTOR TREND SUV of the Year Win
-- Subaru is the only three-time winner of Sport/Utility of the
-- The 2014 Subaru Forester's competition included 12 other
all-new or significantly updated SUVs.
-- Subaru is the only automaker with back-to-back wins as well as
the most wins in the SUV category.
MISSISSAUGA, ON, Oct. 11, 2013 /CNW/ - Subaru Canada, Inc. (SCI) is thrilled
to announce that the Subaru Forester won MOTOR TREND's Sport/Utility of the
Year for 2014, making Subaru the only three-time winner of this award with the
most wins in the Sport/Utility category. This is a repeat performance as
Subaru has had three winners in the past six years of competition: the 2014
Forester, 2010 Outback and 2009 Forester. The 2013 XV Crosstrek also ranked as
a finalist in 2012.
"The 2014 Subaru Forester beat a highly competitive field of SUVs because it
met our award's six criteria," said MOTOR TREND editor-in-chief Ed Loh. "Smart
design, thoughtful engineering, and a compelling performance on road and off
were the keys to the Forester's win. Our editors were particularly impressed
by the powerful yet efficient turbocharged engines, the intelligent and sporty
CVT transmission, and the excellent visibility and interior package found
within the Forester. Practical, affordable, efficient and fun to drive -
Forester truly ticked every box."
In addition to the Subaru Forester, the 2014 MOTOR TREND Sport/Utility of the
Year competition included twelve other all-new or significantly updated SUVs:
Acura MDX Jeep Grand Cherokee
Audi Q5 Kia Sorento
BMW X1 Land Rover Range Rover Sport
Buick Encore Mini Paceman S ALL4
Dodge Durango Mitsubishi Outlander
Hyundai Santa Fe Toyota RAV4
"This true SUV in the compact SUV segment has been breaking sales records
across Canada since it first appeared in dealerships this spring," said Shiro
Ohta, president and CEO of Subaru Canada, Inc. "Winning MOTOR TREND's 2014 SUV
of the Year is another feather in the cap of Subaru's award-winning lineup. We
anticipate more and more Canadians will put Subaru on their shopping list."
MOTOR TREND's Sport/Utility of the Year is not a comparison test, and is only
open to all-new or substantially upgraded vehicles that have gone on sale in
the 12 months from November 1 of the previous year.
To judge contenders for the award,MOTOR TREND's editorial staff conducted an
exhaustive three-phase testing process. Phase one includes a full tech check
and weigh-in, then full track testing to establish baseline data for
acceleration, braking, and handling. Phase two involves three days of road
loops offering a range of road surfaces and traffic conditions to evaluate
ride and handling, engine and transmission smoothness and responsiveness, wind
and road noise, and ergonomics. A dirt-track section tests traction,
stability, and braking control systems. In the third phase the judges debate
and deliberate. The judging criteria includes the following categories:
Design Advancement- well-executed exterior and interior styling; innovative
vehicle packaging; good selection and use of materials.
Engineering Excellence- total vehicle concept and execution; clever
solutions to packaging, manufacturing and dynamics issues; cost-effective tech
that benefits the consumer.
Performance of Intended Function- how well the vehicle does the job its
planners, designers, and engineers intended it to do.
Efficiency- low fuel consumption and carbon footprint, relative to the
vehicle's competitive set.
Safety- a vehicle's ability to help the driver avoid a crash, as well as the
secondary safety measures that protect its occupants from harm during a crash.
Value- competitive price and equipment levels, measured against those of
vehicles in the same market segment.
While still maintaining its strong reputation for safety, performance,
dependability and versatility in the compact SUV segment, the 2014 Forester is
an evolution rather than a revolution in its redesign. This compact SUV debuts
a bold exterior design and roomier interior along with improved performance
and impressive fuel economy. Standard Subaru symmetrical full-time All-Wheel
Drive also continues to set Forester apart from segment competitors.
Priced from $25,995, Forester will jump to the head of its class in full-time
all-wheel-drive fuel economy as Forester 2.5i models newly equipped with
Subaru's Lineartronic CVT (continuously variable transmission) achieve
manufacturer-estimated fuel economy ratings of 6.2 litres per 100 kilometres
on the highway. A new 2.0-litre direct injection twin-scroll turbocharged
SUBARU BOXER engine producing 250 horsepower will be introduced on Forester
2.0XT models, while the naturally aspirated version will continue with the
2.5-litre horizontally opposed SUBARU BOXER engine producing 170 horsepower.
The 2014 Forester has received a Top Safety Pick+ (TSP+) award from the
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The Forester is the first
vehicle to ace every aspect of the challenging small overlap front crash test
conducted by the IIHS. The Forester is the only one of 13 small SUVs to earn
an overall rating of good in the test.
This recognition from MOTOR TREND validates the sales success of the 2014
Forester, which is up 45.3 percent year to date over 2012. Forester's strong
sales performance mirrors the growth of the brand overall, which is up 21.1
percent year to date as Subaru works towards another historic all-time annual
sales record, enjoying its tenure as Canada's fastest growing Japanese
For more information about the award, judging process, and the contenders
check out the December issue of Motor Trend or visit www.motortrend.com.
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About Subaru Canada, Inc.
Subaru Canada, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd.
of Japan. Headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario, the company markets and
distributes Subaru vehicles, parts and accessories through a network of over
85 authorized dealers across Canada. For more information, please visit
www.subaru.ca or www.pr.subaru.ca or follow @Subaru_Canada on Twitter.
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