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SUBARU AMONG ELITE FEW RATED SUPERIOR IN NEW IIHS FRONT CRASH PREVENTION (FCP) TEST
Cherry Hill, N.J., September 27, 2013 - Continuing its strong performance in crash testing, Subaru has two models, the top-selling Subaru Legacy sedan and Outback crossover, rated as “superior” in the new IIHS Front Crash Prevention (FCP) test program. The FCP program was created as a result of research by the Highway Loss Data Institute indicating that forward collision warning and automatic braking systems, such as Subaru’s EyeSight system, are helping drivers avoid frontal crashes.
The Institute rated models with optional or standard front crash prevention systems as superior, advanced or basic, depending on whether they offer autonomous braking, or autobrake, and, if so, how effective it is in tests at 12 and 25 mph.
In all, 74 vehicles (2013-14MY) were tested. Subaru’s Legacy sedan and Outback crossover were among the seven vehicles that received the “highest” possible rating of “Superior” when equipped with optional autobrake and forward collision warning systems. The 13MY/14MY Legacy and Outback were the only vehicles that received the highest possible score of six points.
“We want to help get the most effective systems in as many vehicles as soon as possible. That means a speed mitigation system like Subaru’s EyeSight that can prevent crashes at low and moderate speeds” said David Zuby, IIHS Chief Research Officer.
"Our buyers trust us to provide safety in their vehicles" said Thomas J. Doll, president and COO, Subaru of America, Inc. "With all of our 2013 models listed as IIHS Top Safety Picks and now the 2014MY Legacy and Outback models tested to 2013 TSP+ and FCP status, this is further proof that we deliver on that trust."
The Subaru EyeSight system is available on the Subaru Forester, Legacy sedan and Outback models and is one of the most affordable of such technologies available. EyeSight uses two charge-coupled device (CCD) cameras developed by Subaru and is mounted inside the car on the upper edge of the windshield, thus reducing the potential for damage that could occur in bumper-mounted systems, such as radar. The EyeSight system processes stereo images to identify the vehicles traveling in front, as well as obstacles, traffic lanes and other items. The video information is relayed to the EyeSight computer, which is also networked with the car's braking system and electronic throttle control. Below speeds of approximately 19mph, EyeSight is capable of detecting pedestrians in the vehicle's path and can activate to mitigate or even avoid the collision. Under certain circumstances, EyeSight is able to bring the car to a complete stop, thus avoiding a collision.
The Institute's frontal crashworthiness evaluations are based on results of a moderate overlap frontal and small overlap crash test. Each vehicle's overall evaluation is based on measurements of intrusion into the occupant compartment, injury measures recorded on a 50th percentile male Hybrid III dummy in the driver seat, and analysis of slow-motion film to assess how well the restraint system controlled dummy movement during the test.
Building on its long-running vehicle ratings program for consumer information, IIHS introduced the small overlap test in 2012 to further improve occupant protection in frontal crashes. Most automakers design their vehicles for good performance in the IIHS moderate overlap frontal test and the federal government’s full-width frontal test, but many haven’t addressed the problem of small overlap crashes. In a 2009 IIHS study of vehicles with good ratings for frontal crash protection, small overlap crashes accounted for nearly a quarter of the frontal crashes involving serious or fatal injury to front seat occupants.
The small overlap test is a demanding crash that replicates what happens when the front corner of a car collides with another vehicle or an object like a tree or utility pole. In the test, 25 percent of a car’s front end on the driver side strikes a 5-foot-tall rigid barrier at 40 mph.
Side evaluations are based on performance in a crash test in which the side of a vehicle is struck by a barrier moving at 31 mph. The barrier represents the front end of a pickup or SUV. Ratings reflect injury measures recorded on 2-instrumented SID-IIs dummies representing a small (5th percentile) woman, assessment of head protection countermeasures, and the vehicle's structural performance during the impact.
Rear crash protection is rated according to a two-step procedure. Starting points for the ratings are measurements of head restraint geometry -- the height of a restraint and its horizontal distance behind the back of the head of an average size man. Seat/head restraints with good or acceptable geometry are tested dynamically using a dummy that measures forces on the neck. This test simulates a collision in which a stationary vehicle is struck in the rear at 20 mph. Seats without good or acceptable geometry are rated poor overall because they can't be positioned to protect many people. In the roof strength test, a metal plate is pushed against 1 side of a roof at a constant speed. To earn a good rating for rollover protection, the roof must withstand a force of 4 times the vehicle's weight before reaching 5 inches of crush. This is called a strength-to-weight ratio. For an acceptable rating, the minimum required strength-to-weight ratio is 3.25. A marginal rating value is 2.5. Anything lower than that is rated poor.
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Subaru PUMA RallyCross Team Shows Impressive Speed, Endures Chaos at Charlotte
Cherry Hill, N.J., September 23, 2013 - The Subaru PUMA RallyCross Team were on pace to potentially grab a double podium or victory at the penultimate round of the 2013 Global RallyCross Championship in Charlotte before a series of chaotic race incidents. Team drivers Sverre Isachsen and Bucky Lasek both easily advanced to the Final with impressive drives in their Heat races. In the nine-car Final, a tumultuous first lap saw Isachsen taken out from behind while making a pass for the race lead. The race was red flagged and restarted, but again the race succumbed to carnage, with Isachsen being pushed off course and into a water barrier, forcing him to retire. Lasek, who was in 2nd position before the race was restarted, lost the power steering on his car due to contact, but was able to soldier on to a 6th place finish in the restarted Final, albeit with extremely sore and worn arms.
The final classification of 6th overall for Lasek and 8th for Isachsen doesn’t tell the whole story of the Subaru PUMA RallyCross Team’s event at The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway. After a season of development on the Subaru STI rallycross cars, it was evident that the team has found the speed and reliability to now battle for victories. Both Isachsen and Lasek were extremely competitive all weekend and Isachsen’s launches off the start line were clearly the class of the field, helping put Isachsen in contention for victory in the Final before being taken out from behind.
“I’m not very happy with how others were driving in Charlotte, I’m very upset because we had a very good chance at victory here,” said a frustrated Isachsen. “My Subaru was impressive and we had very good starts and very good speed. We were fighting for victory.”
Lasek had one of his best events to date in his still young rallycross career. For the first time, Lasek advanced to the Final via a heat race transfer spot, rather than the Last Chance Qualifier. This put Lasek on the 2nd row of the Grid, beside teammate Isachsen. Had the Final not been red flagged Lasek may well have been fighting for a podium or win, as he slotted into 2nd overall on the chaotic first lap. The ensuing restart would not go his way. Race contact caused his power steering to fail, making his Subaru extremely laborious to steer.
“That was the hardest nine laps of my career. The power steering went away on the first lap and I had the worst arm-pump of my life,” explained Lasek. “I felt great in the car and really enjoyed getting to watch the LCQ (Last Chance Qualifier) for the first time and not having to be in it! The track here in Charlotte was a lot of fun but it’s disappointing we couldn’t all have a clean Final.”
The Subaru PUMA RallyCross Team heads next to the Big Event 5 at Gillman Subaru Southwest in Houston Texas on October 5th where team drivers Lasek, Isachsen as well as Subaru Rally Team USA driver David Higgins will appear. The team then heads to the massive SEMA show in Vegas for the final round of the 2013 Global RallyCross Championship, to be held Nov 7th.The team carries strong momentum going into Round 8 of the 2013 Global RallyCross Championship on September 22nd in Charlotte, NC after taking back-to-back podiums at X Games and Atlanta, GA with the #11 driver Sverre Isachsen. The Subaru PUMA RallyCross Team races the 2013 Subaru WRX STI featuring Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive and a turbocharged boxer engine.
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SUBARU REPORTS 45 PERCENT INCREASE IN SALES AND BEST EVER MONTH IN COMPANY HISTORY
Cherry Hill, N.J., September 4, 2013 - Subaru of America, Inc. today reported the best sales month in company history: 41,061 vehicle sales for the month of August, a 45 percent increase over August 2012. Year-to-date sales for Subaru total 281,652 – 29.3 percent higher than the same period in 2012. The company is on track to achieve its fifth-consecutive year of sales increases.
With 13,163 vehicles sold, August was the best-ever sales month for the Forester model. Sales for Impreza and BRZ reached 6,784 and 868 respectively, representing record-high August sales for both vehicle lines.
“These sales milestones are the result of hard work, dedication and unwavering commitment to serving our customers and working cooperatively with our retail organization,” said Thomas J. Doll, president and chief operating officer, Subaru of America, Inc.
“August was our best-ever with demand strong across all models. Significant to our success this year is more than half our sales are to people new to Subaru,” said Bill Cyphers, senior vice president of sales, Subaru of America, Inc. “More and more people are recognizing our core brand attributes of longevity, safety, versatility and adventure.”
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