2014 Subaru BRZ Achieves 2014 IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK Status

July 30, 2014
        --  Subaru is the only manufacturer with IIHS TOP SAFETY PICKs for
            all models for five consecutive years (2010-2014).
        --  Subaru has more 2014 IIHS TOP SAFETY PICKs than any other
        --  The 2014 Subaru BRZ earns an acceptable rating in the
            Institute's challenging front small overlap test.

MISSISSAUGA, ON, July 30, 2014 /CNW/ – Subaru Canada, Inc. (SCI) is
thrilled to announce that its rear-wheel-drive sports coupe, the 2014
Subaru BRZ, today joined the brand’s ranks of awarded vehicles, earning
an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) TOP SAFETY PICK. With
the addition of the BRZ (models manufactured after December 2013),
Subaru now has seven models that have netted 2014 safety awards from
the IIHS – four with TOP SAFETY PICK and three with TOP SAFETY PICK+. The Subaru Legacy, Outback and Forester with optional EyeSight earned
the IIHS’ highest possible standard of safety, the TOP SAFETY PICK+
award, while the Impreza, XV Crosstrek and 2015 WRX STI line received
TOP SAFETY PICK award ratings for 2014.

The 2014 Subaru BRZ earns the TOP SAFETY PICK award for acceptable
performance in a small overlap crash, the Institute’s latest round of
crashworthiness evaluations. The Institute introduced the small overlap
evaluation in 2012, but this is the first time the IIHS has rated the
BRZ. In the test, 25 percent of a vehicle’s front end on the driver’s
side strikes a rigid barrier at 40 mph. The crash replicates what
happens when the front corner of a vehicle collides with another
vehicle or an object such as a tree or utility pole. The test is more
difficult than either the head-on crashes conducted by the National
Highway Traffic Safety Administration (safercar.gov) or the
longstanding IIHS moderate overlap test. In the small overlap test, the
main structures of the vehicle’s front-end crush zone are bypassed,
making it hard for the vehicle to manage crash energy. The occupant
compartment can collapse as a result.

The BRZ also earned good ratings in the moderate overlap front, side,
roof strength and head restraint tests. To qualify for TOP SAFETY PICK,
a vehicle must earn a good or acceptable rating for small overlap
protection and a good rating in the other four tests.

“Consumers in the market for a small car now have six models to consider
on our list of 2014 TOP SAFETY PICK+ award winners, and an additional
13 that earn TOP SAFETY PICK,” said Joe Nolan, IIHS senior vice
president for vehicle research. “Consumers trading the inherent safety
of a larger vehicle for the convenience or fuel economy of a small car
should focus their search on these vehicles with state-of-the-art
safety designs.”

“I’m pleased that Subaru is recognized as having more IIHS TOP SAFETY
PICK vehicles than any other brand,” said Shiro Ohta, chairman,
president and CEO of Subaru Canada, Inc. “Subaru is the only
manufacturer to have TOP SAFETY PICKs for all models for five years
running. This achievement is a testament to the importance we place on
safety as we aim to inspire confidence and peace of mind.”

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.

SOURCE Subaru Canada Inc.

Source: PR Newswire

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