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        Subaru Posts October Sales

        Nov 3 , 2008 [USA]
        October Sales Down 14 Percent Compared to Last Year; Year-to-Date Sales Up 2 Percent

        CHERRY HILL, N.J., November 3, 2008 – Subaru of America, Inc. today announced a 14 percent decrease in sales for the month of October versus October 2007. Total sales year-to-date were up 2 percent with 156,706 units sold over the same period last year with 153,601 units sold.

        Sales for the Subaru Forester were up 28 percent or 4,558 units for the month of October versus October 2007 sales of 3,554 units.

         
        08-Oct
        07-Oct
        +/-
        YTD 08
        YTD 07
        +/-
        Impreza
        3,891
        3,903
        0%
        41,033
        37,226
        10%
        Legacy
        1,538
        1,763
        -13%
        19,243
        17,235
        12%
        Outback*
        2,348
        4,287
        -45%
        37,527
        46,624
        -20%
        Forester
        4,558
        3,554
        28%
        49,253
        37,492
        31%
        Tribeca
        581
        1,468
        -60%
        9,648
        13,902
        -31%
        Total**
        12,917
        14,979
        -14%
        156,706
        153,601
        2%

        *Includes Legacy Wagon
        **Total sales include 2 Baja sales in '08 including 1 in Oct. '08. Include 1122 Baja sales '07 YTD.

        “Throughout the month of October, there was no shortage of bad news about the industry and economy, but for Subaru, there was great news,” said Tim Colbeck, vice president of sales for Subaru of America. “The Forester was named the Motor Trend Sport/Utility of the Year.”

        “Despite the weakness in the market caused by credit concerns, depreciating home values and the corresponding reduction in consumer confidence, Subaru continues to outperform the industry,” said Tom Doll, executive vice president for Subaru of America, Inc.