The new generation Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive Subaru Forester has been voted Best Compact SUV in the Carsales Network People’s Choice Awards.
Carsales.com Ltd says the awards are the only ones in Australia determined by car buyers themselves.
Votes are collected from the Carsales Network’s websites including CarPoint.com.au and Redbook.com.au.
From November 1, 2007 to October 31, 2008, every time a Carsales Network user placed an enquiry to purchase on one of the sites, it counted as a vote in the awards.
New generation Forester is a best seller for Subaru since its launch in March.
It has become the first Subaru to enter the list of Australia’s top 10 best-selling cars and for the past four months has been the best-selling Compact SUV.
In line with the entire new Subaru range, Forester shares a five-star crashworthiness rating for occupant safety from the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP). It also has a three-star pedestrian rating – the highest in its class.
Forester remains one of Australia’s most awarded vehicles, since its launch in 1997, when it pioneered the compact SUV class.
The Carsales award is the latest in a string of recent international accolades for new generation Forester.
In October Forester was named 2009 Sport/Utility of the Year by one of America’s most respected automotive publications, MOTOR TREND.
Also in October, Forester was selected by the Automotive Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) as the year's best SUV/CUV in the under-35,000 Canadian dollars category.
Last week, four Subaru models, including Forester, were named 2009 Top Safety Picks by the United States Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The Subaru Legacy, known in Australia as Liberty (Legacy), received a mid-size sedan award, Impreza a small car title, Tribeca a mid-size SUV award and Forester a small SUV title.
Nick Senior, Managing Director, Subaru Australia, said: “New generation Forester is being recognized internationally for its versatility, functionality and value.
“It’s great to get an award delivered by people who are thoroughly researching their purchases and are obviously impressed by Forester’s credentials.
“This is demonstrated by its significant sales success in Australia, which is reflected by the number of people seeking information about Forester variants on the Carsales network of websites.”