Subaru Dominates Tasmania SUV Sales:(June 6, 2016)

Subaru dominated the Sports Utility Vehicle market in Tasmania in May while taking overall market share of 9.8% on the island, according to the official VFACTS sales figures.Total Subaru sales of 148 in Tasmania in May were up an incredible 74.1%. Subaru placed 2nd in the overall Tasmanian market, behind market leader Toyota.

Sales of 74 Foresters were up by 289.5% over May last year, making it the best-selling model in the SUV Medium <$60K segment – a 32.3% segment share. Forester sales for the year are now up 68.1% in Tasmania.

XV sold 39, up 77.3% for the month. It was also dominant in the SUV Small<$40K segment, with a 25.5% share.

It was the first time ever that Subaru has taken out leadership of the small, medium, and large SUV categories anywhere in the world.

Nick Senior, Managing Director, Subaru Australia, said: “This is clear proof that our All-Wheel Drive SUVs are the right cars for Tasmanian families, to such an extent that we nearly captured 10% of the market.”

 

Subaru SUVs Best Sellers in South Australia: (June 6, 2016)

Subaru sales of 336 in South Australia were up a remarkable 46.7% in May, according to official VFACTS figures. The brand’s 5.6% market share in SA outperformed its national figures of 4.1%.

Star performer was the Forester, with 142 sales, up 158.2% on the same month last year and now ahead 87.6% for the year-to-date (YTD). Forester was the best-selling Medium SUV under $60K, with an 18.3% segment share.

XV sales of 90 were up 83.7% for the month and 26.2% YTD. Its 16% segment share made it the best seller in the SUV Small <$40K category.

Nick Senior, Managing Director, Subaru Australia, said: “With our sales achieving a 30% increase YTD, we’re delighted with the response in South Australia to our latest generation vehicles. There’s a clear trend that our SUV wagons are proving hugely popular with families thanks to their flexibility. All-Wheel Drive ability, safety, and durability. Certainly the recent updates to Forester, Outback, and XV are a winner with South Australian customers. As a brand we are ninth nationally, but last month in South Australia we finished in seventh place.”

 Dec 18, 2015 [Awards]

Model / Others

Namre of the Award / Event

Awarded / Recognized
(Class / Category)

Ad / Promotional use

WRX

Best Resale Value Awards

1st
(Sporty Compact Car category)

Yes
(permission needed)*

Top 10 Models

Impreza

1st
(Compact Car category)

Legacy

1st
(Mid-Size Car category)

Forester

Top 10 Models

Source:

Kelley Blue Book
http://www.kbb.com/

 

- Subaru earns Best Resale Value Brand for second year in a row
- Subaru earns Best Resale Value in four vehicle segments

Cherry Hill, N.J. - Cherry Hill, NJ – December 15, 2015 – Kelley Blue Book, the leading provider of new and used vehicle information, announced today that Subaru won its prestigious Best Resale Value Brand Award for two consecutive years as well as four model awards in their respective categories:

2016 Subaru WRX
Best Resale Value: Sporty Compact Car
Best Resale Value: Top 10

2016 Subaru Impreza
Best Resale Value: Compact Car

2016 Subaru Legacy
Best Resale Value: Mid-Size Car

2016 Subaru Forester
Best Resale Value: Top 10

"Subaru is back on top once again for 2016 as the best mainstream brand for resale value across its entire lineup," said Eric Ibara, director of residual values for Kelley Blue Book.

The Best Resale Value Awards recognise 2016 model-year vehicles for their projected retained value through the initial five-year ownership period. Since depreciation (or loss of value) is typically a car-buyer's primary expense during ownership, these awards, like all of KBB.com's new- and used-vehicle information, are designed to help consumers make more informed car-buying decisions.

"We are proud to receive the 2016 Best Resale Value Brand Award along with multiple segment honours from Kelley Blue Book," said Thomas J. Doll, president and chief operating officer, Subaru of America, Inc. "These awards highlight our vehicles' inherent value stemming from our class-leading safety, reliability and durability."

Kelley Blue Book's Best Resale Value Awards are in their 14th year and are based on projections from the Kelley Blue Book® Official Residual Value Guide. Kelley Blue Book® Residual Values are established by experienced automotive analysts that review statistical models built upon millions of transactions. Vehicles that earn the highest five-year residual values, expressed as a percentage of their original Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP), are selected for these prestigious awards. Low-volume vehicles and vehicles with an MSRP of more than $60,000 are excluded from award consideration, except in the plug-in vehicle, luxury and high-performance categories.

For more information about Kelley Blue Book's Best Resale Value Awards, please visit
http://www.kbb.com/new-cars/best-resale-value-awards/

Dec 3, 2015 [Awards]

Model / Others

Namre of the Award / Event

Awarded / Recognized
(Class / Category)

Ad / Promotional use

SUBARU XV Crosstrek

The Subcompact SUV Challenge

Subcompact SUV category

Yes
(permission needed)*

Source:

cars.com

- Seven competitors in segment.
- Real-world course in Colorado
- Tested by experts and consumers

Cherry Hill, N.J. - Subaru of America, Inc. announced today that the XV Crosstrek takes top spot in the 2015 Cars.com Subcompact SUV Challenge by outperforming six other popular models in its segment.

With the help of five expert judges from Cars.com, USA Today and MotorWeek put the seven competitors through a 200-mile course on varying roads and elevation through the state of Colorado. In addition to the panel of judges, a young couple in the market for a new subcompact SUV also joined in the evaluation. All participants had the opportunity drive each SUV and evaluate handling, comfort, performance, features and cargo space.

The tests resulted in the following ranking:
1. 2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek
2. 2016 Fiat 500X
3. 2016 Honda HR-V
4. 2016 Mazda CX-3
5. 2015 Jeep Renegade
6. 2015 Nissan Juke
7. 2016 Chevrolet Trax

For full results on the Subcompact SUV Challenge, visit www.cars.com/news.

"The XV Crosstrek ranked highest with the expert judges and was the favourite of the in-market couple", said Patrick Olsen, Cars.com's editor-in-chief. "This subcompact SUV felt like the 'grownup' of the group, with an oversized cargo area and a delightfully quiet ride. Overall, it did the best job of packing in impressive, high-tech safety features, ample creature comforts and a great ride for a low price".

The versatile XV Crosstrek combines bold five-door design, a highly capable chassis, and multimedia features. It comes standard with Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, 8.7-inches of ground clearance and 17-inch alloy wheels. The model is one of the most fuel-efficient all-wheel drive crossover utility vehicles in America, delivering 34-mpg EPA-estimated highway fuel economy.

The 2015 XV Crosstrek earned the Top Safety Pick rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), as well as the Top Safety Pick+ rating when equipped with EyeSight® driver assist system. 

FHI Announces First Half Financial Results for FYE2016

 

 Tokyo, November 5, 2015 – Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. (FHI), the manufacturer of Subaru automobiles, today announced its consolidated financial results for the first half of fiscal year ending March 31, 2016.

 
< FYE2016 1st Half Results: Consolidated Net Sales >
Subaru’s consolidated global unit sales rose 9.4% to 472,000 units. While mini vehicle sales posted an increase, unit sales in Japan fell 7.0% to 67,000 units as passenger car sales decreased due to a decline in launch momentum of new models. Overseas unit sales grew 12.7% to 406,000 units, driven by continued high demand for the Legacy and Outback, especially in North America.
FHI’s consolidated net sales rose 22.2% to 1,601.5 billion yen due to foreign exchange gains, unit sales growth and other factors.
Consolidated global unit sales marked a record high for the first-half period.*1 Consolidated net sales, overseas unit sales and North American unit sales each posted a record high for any half-year period.*1
 
< FYE2016 1st Half Results: Consolidated Profit and Loss >
As increases in SG&A and R&D expenses were offset by exchange rate gains, unit sales growth, cost reduction progress and other factors, operating income rose 53.6% to 285.1 billion yen while ordinary income grew 62.0% to 285.0 billion yen and net income attributable to owners of parent increased 70.9% to 193.2 billion yen.
All profit figures posted record highs for any half-year period.*1
 
< FYE2016 Full-Year Forecasts >
Full-year projections are revised upward to net sales of 3,210 billion yen, operating income of 550 billion yen, ordinary income of 547 billion yen, and net income attributable to owners of parent of 372 billion yen. The upward revision reflects factors including cost reduction progress, exchange rate gains and unit sales growth.
Consolidated unit sales in North America are projected to reach a record high for the seventh consecutive year.*2
Consolidated global unit sales, overseas unit sales, net sales and all profit figures are projected to post record highs for the fourth consecutive year.*2
Currency rate assumptions: 120 yen/US$, 133 yen/euro
 
Based on the consolidated financial results for the first half and consolidated financial forecasts for the full year, FHI plans to pay interim and year-end dividends of 72 yen per share each.
Accordingly, the annual dividend for FYE2016 will be 144 yen per share, an increase of 76 yen from 68 yen of the previous year.
 
< Previous Forecasts for FYE2016 (Announced on July 31, 2015) >
  Net sales: 3,030 billion yen
  Operating income: 503 billion yen
  Ordinary income: 495 billion yen
  Net income attributable to owners of parent: 337 billion yen
  Currency rate assumptions: 118 yen/US$, 127 yen/euro
 

*1: Since fiscal year ended March 2001 – the year FHI started half-year consolidated financial reporting
*2: Since fiscal year ended March 1986 – the year FHI started full-year consolidated financial reporting

 

Forward-looking statements in this document including financial and other forecasts are based on the information available at the time of the announcement and are subject to various risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to vary materially.

 

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FHI Receives Securities Analysts’ Award
for Excellence in Corporate Disclosure for Second Consecutive Year

Tokyo, October 7, 2015 – Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. (FHI), the manufacturer of Subaru automobiles, has been selected as the top company in the “automobile, auto parts and tires” category of the 2015 Awards for Excellence in Corporate Disclosure presented by the Securities Analysts Association of Japan (SAAJ). This is the second consecutive year that FHI has received this award.

The Excellence in Corporate Disclosure Awards have been presented by the SAAJ every year since 1995 with the goal of improving corporate information disclosure. This year marks the 21st year that the award program has been held. Companies are evaluated by securities analysts of each sector on the basis of the following five criteria:
1) management’s stance on investor relations, the function of a corporation’s investor relations department, and basic stance of a corporation’s investor relations; 2) disclosures through briefings, interviews, and explanatory materials; 3) fairness in disclosure; 4) disclosure related to corporate governance; and 5) voluntary disclosure that conforms to conditions of each industry.

FHI received high marks topping in four of the five criteria among the 20 companies in the “automobile, auto parts and tires” category that were evaluated.

Under our management philosophy, FHI aims to become “a compelling company with a strong market presence” built upon its customer-first principle.
We will continue to meet our responsibilities as a company that conducts its business on the global stage and, in our IR activities, will seek to further enhance shareholder and investor understanding of FHI through the broad-based and fair disclosure of corporate information.

 

STI Releases “S207” Limited-Edition “WRX STI” in Japan

Tokyo, October 28, 2015 – Subaru Tecnica International (STI),*1 the motorsports division of Fuji Heavy Industries, will launch a limited-edition model based on the “WRX STI” on December 1, 2015. Just 400 units of the model, dubbed the “S207”, will be available.

Taking the WRX STI as its base, this complete car from STI features exclusive engine and suspension tuning as well as distinctive interior and exterior design. Embracing the STI concept of offering the ultimate in road driving, the S207 stands at the pinnacle of the STI complete car lineup and aims to be the world’s most enjoyable vehicle, providing a feel-good experience to all those who travel in it regardless of road conditions and enhancing driver skill.

Special engine tuning boosts maximum power output to 328 PS. Handling is enhanced by a quick steering-gear ratio of 11:1, the addition of original STI components including a flexible tower bar, DampMatic® II front suspension with adjustable damping (a first for a Japanese automaker), and front-rear Active Torque Vectoring, all of which combine to achieve a strong yet flexible ride and sharp cornering. Driving performance has also been enhanced with Brembo 6-pot brakes in front and 4-pot brakes at the rear, both featuring monoblock opposed-piston brake calipers and drilled rotors (2-piece type in front); specially designed 255/35R19 tires; and an exclusive large front spoiler. Special design elements serve to heighten driver anticipation and the joy of ownership, from the rear-bumper air outlet on the exterior to exclusive STI-spec Recaro front bucket seats and customized sports instruments on the interior.

Evoking the spirit of the Nurburgring 24-Hour Race, where the WRX STI continues to vie for honors, an “NBR Challenge Package” is also available (limited to 200 units), featuring an exclusive dry carbon rear spoiler and an ornament commemorating Subaru’s victory in the SP3T class*2 in the 2015 Nurburgring 24-Hour Race.

The S207 is available in three body colors: WR Blue Pearl, Crystal White Pearl, and Crystal Black Silica. Additionally, a 100-unit limited run of the “NBR Challenge Package Yellow Edition” in vivid Sunrise Yellow will be on offer as a special model.

The S207 must be ordered by March 6, 2016,*3 and sales are limited to 400 units.

*1:Subaru Tecnica International Inc. (President: Yoshio Hirakawa; Mitaka, Tokyo)
*2:A class for turbocharged vehicles up to 2 liters.
*3:The Yellow Edition must be ordered by November 30, 2015.

S207 NBR Challenge Package Yellow Edition S207

S207 Main Features

■Suspension / Mechanism
・ Exclusive STI-tuned Bilstein front struts (DampMatic® II, inverted-type) and coil springs
・ Exclusive STI-tuned Bilstein rear dampers and coil springs
・ STI-designed BBS 19-inch × 8 1/2J forged aluminum wheels (silver)
・ Exclusive 255/35R19 92Y tires (Dunlop Sport Maxx RT)
・ STI-designed flexible tower bar, front
・ STI-designed flexible draw stiffener, front
・ STI-designed support front kit
・ STI-designed flexible support subframe, rear
・ STI-designed pillow ball bush rear suspension link (front and rear lateral links inside)
・ STI-designed Brembo front monoblock opposed-piston 6-pot brake calipers (silver
 coated with STI logo) with STI-designed Brembo 18-inch 2-piece drilled disk rotors
・ STI-designed Brembo rear monoblock opposed-piston 4-pot brake calipers (silver coated
 with STI logo) with STI-designed Brembo 18-inch drilled disk rotors
・ Exclusive high-output balanced engine
・ Exclusive engine control unit (ECU)
・ Exclusive twin scroll ball bearing turbocharger
・ Exclusive performance muffler with lowered back pressure (featuring STI logo) teamed
 with exclusive rear exhaust pipe
・ STI-designed strengthened silicon intake duct
・ Exclusive quick-ratio steering gearbox (11:1)
・ Exclusive Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC) system
・ Exclusive Active Torque Vectoring system
・ STI-designed low-pressure-drop air cleaner element
・ STI Performance Oil (Motul 5W-40)

 

■Controls / Instrument Panel / Warning Lights
・ Exclusive luminescent instruments (with multi-information display and STI logo)
・ Exclusive multifunctional display
・ Central instrument panel visor (covered in silver-stitched leather-finish material)
・ Exclusive leather-wrapped steering wheel (highly tactile leather, chrome bezel, metallic
 finisher, silver stitching)
・ STI-designed push-type engine switch (red with STI logo)
・ STI-designed leather-wrapped shift knob (with STI logo)
■Audio
・ 8 speakers (4 front, 2 rear, 2 in instrument panel)
・ Black roof antenna (shark fin type)
■Interior
・ Exclusive STI-spec Recaro front bucket seats (leather [black semi-aniline finish on inside of
 main and side panels, silver stitching and accents] embossed with STI logo and equipped
 with seat heating and supplemental restraint system side airbags)
・ Rear seats : black leather with silver stitching and accents
・ Exclusive instrument panel (red with S207 logo)
・ Silver stitching on door trims
・ Exclusive side sill plates (silver with S207 logo)
・ Exclusive serial-number plate (console)
■Exterior
・ Exclusive mesh-type front grille (cherry-red stripe with S207 ornament)
・ Exclusive large front under-spoiler
・ Black side garnish with STI emblem
・ Exclusive metallic side sill moldings
・ Exclusive rear bumper (cherry-red stripe with air outlet grille)
・ S207 rear ornament
■NBR Challenge Package: Exclusive Equipment
・ Exclusive Ultrasuede-wrapped steering wheel (with silver center marking)
・ Exclusive red seatbelts
・ Exclusive emblem (rear)
・ STI-designed BBS 19-inch × 8 1/2J forged aluminum wheels (black)
・ Exclusive dry carbon rear spoiler (with S207 logo)
■NBR Challenge Package Yellow Edition: Exclusive Equipment
・ Black door mirrors
・ Exclusive yellow side sill plates with S207 logo
・ Exclusive black side sill moldings

 
S207 Major Specifications

Dimensions/Weight
Model name/type Subaru CBA-VAB
Overall length/width/height (mm) 4,635 × 1,795 × 1,470*
Tire tread F/R (mm) 1,535/1,550
Min. ground clearance (mm) 135
Dry weight (kg) 1,510
Gross weight (kg) 1,785
Engine
Type/category EJ20 horizontally-opposed 4-cylinder (Boxer)
2.0-liter DOHC 16-valve dual AVCS twin-scroll turbo
Max. output (net) [kW (PS) / rpm] 241 (328) / 7,200
Max. torque (net) [Nm (kgm) / rpm] 431 (44.0) / 3,200–4,800
Fuel tank capacity (liter) 60
Fuel type Unleaded premium gasoline

*:The figure includes roof antenna. Roof height is 1,460 mm.

 
Sales Target
 Limited to 400 units (must be ordered by March 6, 2016)
 ●NBR Challenge Package limited to 200 units
 -NBR Challenge Package Yellow Edition limited to 100 units (must be ordered by November 30, 2015)
 
Recommended Retail Prices

Model Price (yen)
Model
name
Grade Engine Drive Transmission Including
consumption
tax
Excluding
consumption
tax
S207 Standard-issue model 2.0 liter
Horizontally-Opposed
4-cylinder
DOHC Turtbo engine
AWD 6MT 5,994,000 5,550,000
NBR Challenge Package 6,318,000 5,850,000
NBR Challenge Package
Yellow Edition
6,372,000 5,900,000
Since these vehicles have been customized, they must be presented at a Transport Bureau Branch for registration.

 

Body Colors
 WR Blue Pearl, Crystal White Pearl*1, Crystal Black Silica and Sunrise Yellow*1, 2
 

*1: Available at additional cost of 32,400 yen (including consumption tax).
*2: Exclusive for the NBR Challenge Package Yellow Edition.

Jica president to visit Nepal from May 24-26


- POST REPORT, Kathmandu


May 22, 2015-Japan International Cooperation Agency (Jica) President Akihiko Tanaka and his team is all set to visit Nepal from May 24-26 to exchange views on rehabilitation and reconstruction process.


During the visit, Jica and the Nepal government will jointly organise “Build Back Better Reconstruction Seminar for Nepal” on May 25.


“The seminar is intended to share the current situation of the earthquake, and to exchange information and expertise including the practical experiences of Japanese rehabilitation and reconstruction process and methodology in order to realize Build Back Better in Nepal, which are highlighted principle


after Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction held in March this year in Sendai,” read a Jica statement.


Tanaka will also discuss further Jica assistance to the reconstruction and rehabilitation plan with dignitaries of the government, and will call on Prime Minister Sushil Koirala and Finance Minister Ram Sharan Mahat.


According to Jica, following the devastating earthquake in Nepal on April 25, the Japanese government has granted $14 million to Nepal as emergency grant.


After the earthquake, the Japan Disaster Relief (JDR) rescue team was deployed at Kathmandu Durbar Square, Gongabu and Sankhu.


Similarly, a JDR medical team was deployed at Bahrabise of Sindhupalchowk, and a JDR self-defence team was deployed in various areas of Kathmandu in coordination with the Nepal Army.


Another mission team is holding discussions with the government on preparing policies and programmes of recovery and reconstruction.


Published: 23-05-2015 09:07

FHI Donation for Nepal Earthquake Relief

 

Tokyo, May 19, Tokyo - Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. (FHI), the manufacturer of Subaru automobiles, today announced a donation of 3 million yen to the Japanese Red Cross to support relief efforts in Nepal in the wake of the earthquake that struck the country in April.


FHI extends its deepest condolences to those affected by the Nepal earthquake and sincerely wishes for the earliest possible recovery of the stricken areas.

Other News

Subaru Dominates Tasmania SUV Sales:(June 6, 2016)

Subaru Earns Top Honours in Kelley Blue Book 2016 Best Resale Value Awards

SUBARU XV Crosstrek Wins Best Subcompact SUV in Cars.com Challenge

FHI Announces First Half Financial Results for FYE2016

FHI Receives Securities Analysts’ Award for Excellence in Corporate Disclosure for Second Consecutive Year

STI Releases “S207” Limited-Edition “WRX STI” in Japan

Jica president to visit Nepal from May 24-26 - Published on Kathmandupost

FHI Donation for Nepal Earthquake Relief