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The Subaru Forester Scores Second MOTOR TREND SUV of the Year Win

October 11, 2013
        --  Subaru is the only three-time winner of Sport/Utility of the
        --  The 2014 Subaru Forester's competition included 12 other
            all-new or significantly updated SUVs.
        --  Subaru is the only automaker with back-to-back wins as well as
            the most wins in the SUV category.

MISSISSAUGA, ON, Oct. 11, 2013 /CNW/ – Subaru Canada, Inc. (SCI) is
thrilled to announce that the Subaru Forester won MOTOR TREND‘s Sport/Utility of the Year for 2014, making Subaru the only three-time
winner of this award with the most wins in the Sport/Utility category.
This is a repeat performance as Subaru has had three winners in the
past six years of competition: the 2014 Forester, 2010 Outback and 2009
Forester. The 2013 XV Crosstrek also ranked as a finalist in 2012.

“The 2014 Subaru Forester beat a highly competitive field of SUVs
because it met our award’s six criteria,” said MOTOR TREND editor-in-chief Ed Loh. “Smart design, thoughtful engineering, and a
compelling performance on road and off were the keys to the Forester’s
win. Our editors were particularly impressed by the powerful yet
efficient turbocharged engines, the intelligent and sporty CVT
transmission, and the excellent visibility and interior package found
within the Forester. Practical, affordable, efficient and fun to drive
– Forester truly ticked every box.”

In addition to the Subaru Forester, the 2014 MOTOR TREND Sport/Utility of the Year competition included twelve other all-new or
significantly updated SUVs:

    Acura MDX            Jeep Grand Cherokee

    Audi Q5              Kia Sorento

    BMW X1               Land Rover Range Rover Sport

    Buick Encore         Mini Paceman S ALL4

    Dodge Durango        Mitsubishi Outlander

    Hyundai Santa Fe     Toyota RAV4

“This true SUV in the compact SUV segment has been breaking sales
records across Canada since it first appeared in dealerships this
spring,” said Shiro Ohta, president and CEO of Subaru Canada, Inc.
“Winning MOTOR TREND’s 2014 SUV of the Year is another feather in the cap of Subaru’s
award-winning lineup. We anticipate more and more Canadians will put
Subaru on their shopping list.”

MOTOR TREND‘s Sport/Utility of the Year is not a comparison test, and is only open
to all-new or substantially upgraded vehicles that have gone on sale in
the 12 months from November 1 of the previous year.

To judge contenders for the award, MOTOR TREND‘s editorial staff conducted an exhaustive three-phase testing process.
Phase one includes a full tech check and weigh-in, then full track
testing to establish baseline data for acceleration, braking, and
handling. Phase two involves three days of road loops offering a range
of road surfaces and traffic conditions to evaluate ride and handling,
engine and transmission smoothness and responsiveness, wind and road
noise, and ergonomics. A dirt-track section tests traction, stability,
and braking control systems. In the third phase the judges debate and
deliberate. The judging criteria includes the following categories:

Design Advancement - well-executed exterior and interior styling; innovative vehicle
packaging; good selection and use of materials.

Engineering Excellence - total vehicle concept and execution; clever solutions to packaging,
manufacturing and dynamics issues; cost-effective tech that benefits
the consumer.

Performance of Intended Function - how well the vehicle does the job its planners, designers, and
engineers intended it to do.

Efficiency - low fuel consumption and carbon footprint, relative to the vehicle’s
competitive set.

Safety - a vehicle’s ability to help the driver avoid a crash, as well as the
secondary safety measures that protect its occupants from harm during a

Value - competitive price and equipment levels, measured against those of
vehicles in the same market segment.

While still maintaining its strong reputation for safety, performance,
dependability and versatility in the compact SUV segment, the 2014
Forester is an evolution rather than a revolution in its redesign. This
compact SUV debuts a bold exterior design and roomier interior along
with improved performance and impressive fuel economy. Standard Subaru
symmetrical full-time All-Wheel Drive also continues to set Forester
apart from segment competitors.

Priced from $25,995, Forester will jump to the head of its class in
full-time all-wheel-drive fuel economy as Forester 2.5i models newly
equipped with Subaru’s Lineartronic CVT (continuously variable
transmission) achieve manufacturer-estimated fuel economy ratings of
6.2 litres per 100 kilometres on the highway. A new 2.0-litre direct
injection twin-scroll turbocharged SUBARU BOXER engine producing 250
horsepower will be introduced on Forester 2.0XT models, while the
naturally aspirated version will continue with the 2.5-litre
horizontally opposed SUBARU BOXER engine producing 170 horsepower.

The 2014 Forester has received a Top Safety Pick+ (TSP+) award from the
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The Forester is the
first vehicle to ace every aspect of the challenging small overlap
front crash test conducted by the IIHS. The Forester is the only one of
13 small SUVs to earn an overall rating of good in the test.

This recognition from MOTOR TREND validates the sales success of the 2014 Forester, which is up 45.3
percent year to date over 2012. Forester’s strong sales performance
mirrors the growth of the brand overall, which is up 21.1 percent year
to date as Subaru works towards another historic all-time annual sales
record, enjoying its tenure as Canada’s fastest growing Japanese

For more information about the award, judging process, and the
contenders check out the December issue of Motor Trend or visit www.motortrend.com.

About Motor Trend Magazine:

Motor Trend, a publication of Source Interlink Media, LLC, was founded in 1949 and
has a circulation of 1.1 million and a total readership of 7 million.
Internationally recognized as one of the leading brands in automotive
publishing, MOTOR TREND comprises Motor Trend Magazine; the award-winning website motortrend.com; the Motor Trend YouTube Channel; Motor Trend Radio; Truck Trend; Motor Trend Classic; Motor Trend International Auto Shows; Motor Trend en Espanol; and the renowned Motor Trend Car, Truck and SUV of the Year Awards

About Source Interlink Media

Source Interlink Media, LLC is the premier source of special interest media in the United
States. With more than 75 publications, 100 Web sites, 800 branded products, 50+ events, and TV and radio programs, SIM is the largest provider of content to enthusiast
communities interested in automotive, action sports, home theater and
other niche activities. The division’s strategy is to wholly focus on
targeted audiences by leveraging and expanding upon its core
market-leading brands through a multiplatform media approach.

About Subaru Canada, Inc.

Subaru Canada, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fuji Heavy
Industries Ltd. of Japan. Headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario, the
company markets and distributes Subaru vehicles, parts and accessories
through a network of over 85 authorized dealers across Canada. For more
information, please visit www.subaru.ca or www.pr.subaru.ca or follow @Subaru_Canada on Twitter.

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