The new generation Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive Subaru Forester has picked up its second Australian award in 24 hours.
The Fairfax automotive website Drive.com.au announced that Forester has won its People’s Choice Award.
Drive.com.au said: “Subaru’s Forester compact 4WD has halted the Holden Commodore’s run of popularity in Drive’s People’s Choice award.
“Thousands of Drive.com.au readers voted the new-generation version of the Japanese softroader their favourite vehicle out of the 42 vehicles comprising Drive’s 2008 Car of the Year field.
“The Forester becomes the first imported car to win Drive’s People’s Choice award after the locally built Commodore took out the 2006 and 2007 titles, with the Commodore SS-V and Berlina models respectively.”
Fairfax National Drive Editor, Toby Hagon, said the result is reflective of changing Australian tastes, which is seeing people migrate to crossover vehicles.
"Australians have taken to vehicles like the Subaru Forester because, in many ways, it is the modern family car.
"It has the space and flexibility people want along with the economy of a four-cylinder engine and the ability to tackle dirt tracks or snow. It's also very competitively priced, well equipped and comes with a full complement of safety gear that's helped earn it a maximum five-star safety rating.”
Drive.com.au added: “The result reflects how the Forester has this year replaced the Toyota RAV4 as Australia’s best-selling small 4WD thanks to its combination of family practicality and proven all-wheel-drive mechanicals.”
Earlier today it was announced that Forester had been voted Best Compact SUV in the Carsales Network People’s Choice Awards. In the Carsales awards, votes are collected from the Carsales Network’s websites including CarPoint.com.au and Redbook.com.au.