Subaru Canada sales up 20.5 percent in 2008

    Record sales add up to best year and best December in history

    MISSISSAUGA, ON, Jan. 5 /CNW/ - Subaru Canada, Inc. (SCI) is delighted to
announce that it set a new annual sales record in 2008, retailing 19,892
vehicles. That's a 20.5 percent increase over the 16,504 vehicles sold the
previous year and a 15.4 percent increase over the last annual record of
17,236 units set in 2002. It was also a record December for SCI, with Canadian
customers buying 1,529 Subaru vehicles during the month, 16.0 percent more
than last December's record sales of 1,318.
    Continuing to perform strongly in December were the Impreza, with sales
up 59.8 percent over last December, and Forester, with sales 128.8 percent
better for the month. Both models also set new annual sales records. Total
annual Forester sales of 6,322 units beat the previous record, set in 2000, by
37.1 percent. Total Impreza sales for the year reached 8,555 units - 14.4
percent better than the record set just last year.
    "This concludes an outstanding year for Subaru, in which record sales can
be directly attributed to the launch of exceptional models such as the 2009
Impreza and award-winning all-new Forester," said Katsuhiro Yokoyama,
president and CEO of SCI. "Although it seems inevitable that there are some
difficult economic times ahead, we believe that Subaru is well positioned to
weather a financial downturn. When families and drivers are looking for great
value and industry-leading safety combined with environmental responsibility,
a Subaru is going to be a very attractive choice."

    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 89
authorized dealers across Canada.

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For further information: Elaine Griffin, (905) 568-4959

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