Subaru Give New Forester Its UK Debut At British International Motor Show

Subaru New Forester


It isn't just the exciting new Impreza range that's drawing visitors to the 2002 British International Motor Show to the Subaru stand - the Japanese manufacturer has also given the new Forester its UK debut at this year's event.

The sports utility comes in two models, the X and the turbo-powered XT. “X symbolises the Forester's ability to 'cross over' and tackle on or off road terrain,” explained Subaru's national fleet and used car manager Harvey France.

“It boasts best-in-class emissions, best-in-class fuel economy and best-in-class tax benefit in kind for company car drivers. We also think it's a great looking vehicle!”

Forester features include a limited slip differential and self-levelling suspension for coping with heavy loads. The XT also boasts improved performance, with a 0-60 mph dash in less than eight seconds.

Around 40% of Forester sales are to “business buyers”, and all models include Subaru's famous all-wheel drive system and boxer engine.

“The sports utility is a lifestyle vehicle,” said Harvey. “It's a growing market sector that combines estate car practicality in a raised vehicle with off-road capabilities. The Subaru Forester has always been popular, but we expect the new model to do even better and raise sales volumes considerably.”

Published 27 October 2002 Melanie Carter

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