2009 Subaru Forester: Best New SUV/CUV Under $35K



    TORONTO, Oct. 24 /CNW/ - The all-new 2009 Subaru Forester has been
selected by the Automotive Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) as the
year's best SUV/CUV in the under-$35,000 category. The announcement was made
today at the Niagara Drive Centre, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, at AJAC's
annual TestFest, where Canada's top automotive journalists gathered for a
five-day evaluation of over 160 new models.
    The rigorous testing program includes real-world driving on public roads
- exactly where consumers drive - so that the test data and vote results are
relevant to potential car and truck buyers. The journalists evaluate every
detail, from safety features to cargo capacity, to select the best new
vehicles in various categories then rate them by secret ballot. To win its
category, the entry-level Forester 2.5X with a 2.5-litre naturally-aspirated
engine beat the Volkswagen Tiguan and Dodge Journey.
    "The competition was tough in this category, which makes a win all the
more impressive," said Clare Dear, president of AJAC. "I think the clincher
may have been the Forester's impressive off-road capability. The new Forester
has a refined look and feel - but it proved it could perform flawlessly on the
most challenging terrain."
    Like every Subaru, the 2009 Forester is equipped with Symmetrical
full-time All-Wheel Drive. And, like every generation of Forester, the third
generation blends positive SUV attributes, including a high seating point and
interior versatility, with passenger car comfort, handling and fuel efficiency
in an exceptionally well-equipped package.
    "We are thrilled with this latest tribute to the new Forester, and send
thanks and congratulations to all the designers and engineers who worked so
hard to make the 2009 Forester such an outstanding vehicle," said Katsuhiro
Yokoyama, president and CEO of Subaru Canada, Inc. "The new Forester has been
breaking sales records across Canada since it first appeared in dealerships,
and was recently named SUV of the Year by Motor Trend magazine. I'd say the
AJAC award makes the verdict unanimous."
    The 14 Canadian Car of the Year category winners now go on to compete to
be named either the 2009 Canadian Car of the Year or the 2009 Canadian Utility
Vehicle of the Year. AJAC will announce the overall winners on February 11,
2009, at the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto, Ontario.
    For more information about the award-winning 2009 Subaru Forester, please
visit www.subaru.ca. To learn more about AJAC and the Canadian Car of the Year
program, visit their website at www.ajac.ca.





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