Nov 25, 2014

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[Australia] Forester Maintains Australia's Best Cars Status

Subaru's Forester 2.5i has again been named Best All-Wheel Drive (AWD) Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) under $45,000 in the Australia's Best Cars awards.

The award from the nation's combined motoring organizations maintains Forester's long-held status as one of the most decorated vehicles in the Australian automotive industry, since its launch in 1997.

Cars were evaluated by the NRMA, RACV, RACQ, RAASA, RACWA, RACT and AANT against a broad range of criteria including: value for money, design and function, and on- the-road performance.

Subaru Australia Managing Director, Nick Senior, said: "Forester has achieved legendary status in the ABC awards.

"That's especially pleasing, given the objective judging criteria of the respected motoring clubs.

"Forester is very much the flexible family car for today, with impressive cabin and cargo space matched by five-star safety and the other recognised Subaru traits of durability, quality engineering, retained value and the added security of constant All-Wheel Drive traction.

"Our introduction this year of lifetime Capped Price Servicing right across the Subaru range is another clear demonstration of our All 4 the Driver customer commitment."

Mr Senior said he was also delighted to see that the revised category specifically recognises AWD ability, at a time when many SUVs only offer two-wheel drive.

Among the standard features on Forester 2.5i are:

- Lineartronic™ Continuously Variable Transmission – ultra efficient and quiet
- Auto Stop Start –on all normally-aspirated petrol Foresters - major contributor to economy
- Multi-Function Display – delivers high level of driver information
- Soft-touch high-quality interior trim – impressive level of refinement
- Active Torque Split All-Wheel Drive - for optimum traction
- Generous cabin space – great comfort and convenience
- Aerodynamic efficiency – Cd of just 0.33
- Seven airbags – includes driver's knee airbag, a feature of every Forester

Mr Senior added: "We expect Forester to make further inroads into the medium SUV segment in 2015 when we launch an automatic CVT version of the Boxer diesel model. It is expected to join the line-up in March and dealers are taking orders now on the first shipment."

Every Forester variant has a five-star crashworthiness rating for occupant safety from the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP). It was the first compact SUV to achieve this rating and also the first Japanese vehicle to do so.

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