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    • By William Maley
      SUBARU OF AMERICA, INC. SMASHES SALES RECORD: AUGUST 2016 BEST SALES MONTH EVER
      August 2016 marks best-ever sales month in company history Record August - monthly sales increase 14.7 percent over August 2015 57 consecutive months of month-over-month growth Best August ever for Outback, Legacy and Forester Best month ever for Outback and Forester 30 consecutive months of more than 10,000 Outbacks sold 37 consecutive months of more than 10,000 Foresters sold Cherry Hill, N.J. -  Subaru of America, Inc. today reported 60,418 vehicle sales for August 2016, a 14.7 percent increase over August 2015 sales of 52,697. August marks the best-ever sales month in company history, breaking the previous record set in December 2015 (56,274). The company also reported year-to-date sales of 391,969 vehicles, a 4.4 percent gain over the same period in 2015.
      August marked the 30th consecutive month of 40,000+ vehicle sales for the company. Outback, Legacy and Forester sales were notably strong as each carline achieved its best August ever. Outback posted a 56.2 percent increase, Legacy posted a 35.5 percent increase, while Forester posted a 11.9 percent sales increase in August. Outback and Forester also enjoyed new all-time monthly sales records.
       
      “August 2016 will always be remembered as a ‘Month for the Ages’ because it is the first time our franchise exceeded sales of 60,000 vehicles in a month,” said Thomas J. Doll, President and COO of Subaru of America, Inc. “These epic results show what our franchise is capable of achieving and is the outcome of the dedicated efforts of our retailers who made these record-setting sales possible.”
       
      “The Subaru of America team is thrilled to set an all-time sales record in the month of August. It is an exciting accomplishment and we’re looking forward to continued success over the remaining months of this year,” said Jeff Walters, senior vice president of sales. “Our retailers continue to sell at high levels of efficiency and we are grateful for their outstanding efforts,” Walters continued.
      Carline Aug-16 Aug-15 % Chg Aug-16 Aug-15 % Chg   MTD MTD MTD YTD YTD YTD Forester 19,658 17,565 11.9% 114,769 114,204 0.5% Impreza 5,319 7,074 -24.8% 40,284 44,907 -10.3% WRX/STI 3,194 3,367 -5.1% 22,488 22,118 1.7% Legacy 5,800 4,281 35.5% 41,369 37,954 9.0% Outback 17,358 11,113 56.2% 109,448 93,293 17.3% BRZ 302 498 -39.4% 3,062 3,832 -20.1% Crosstrek 8,787 8,799 -0.1% 60,549 59,324 2.1% TOTAL 60,418 52,697 14.7% 391,969 375,632 4.4%
    • By William Maley
      Previous Page Next Page Kia is teasing the next-generation Rio subcompact a month before its official debut at the Paris Motor Show.
      In the sketches, the next-gen Rio looks to be more aggressive and sharper. Key details to take in include a longer front and swept-back c-pillar. The design comes from a collaboration of Kia's design studios in California and Germany. Inside, it looks to be an evolution of the current Rio.
      Engines will likely include three and four-cylinder engines running on diesel and gas. There is also a Rio GT that will feature tweaks to the suspension and engine. 
      We'll have more details when the Rio makes its debut at Paris next month.
      Source: Kia
      Press Release is on Page 2
      Paris World Premiere For All-New Kia Rio
      The all-new, fourth-generation Kia Rio will make its world premiere on 29 September in Paris, at the 2016 Mondial de l'Automobile.
      The Rio's progressive new exterior and interior design was led by Kia's design centers in Germany and California, in close collaboration with the company's main design center in Namyang, Korea. Straight lines and smooth surfacing give the car a distinctive new character, while a longer front overhang and bonnet, longer wheelbase, and upright C-pillar give the car an even more confident and balanced appearance than its predecessor.
      The all-new Rio will offer buyers class-leading practicality and safety technology, the latest connectivity features, and more assured and engaging ride and handling characteristics.
      The Kia Rio is the Korean manufacturer's global best-selling model, with more than 473,000 sold around the world in 2015. The next generation will enter production towards the end of 2016 for Europe, with production timings for other regions to be announced closer to launch.
      Kia's 2016 Mondial de l'Automobile press conference will start at 14:45 CET on 29 September. Kia's stand will be located in Hall 3 of the Paris Expo Porte de Versailles.
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    • By William Maley
      Previous Page Next Page Kia is teasing the next-generation Rio subcompact a month before its official debut at the Paris Motor Show.
      In the sketches, the next-gen Rio looks to be more aggressive and sharper. Key details to take in include a longer front and swept-back c-pillar. The design comes from a collaboration of Kia's design studios in California and Germany. Inside, it looks to be an evolution of the current Rio.
      Engines will likely include three and four-cylinder engines running on diesel and gas. There is also a Rio GT that will feature tweaks to the suspension and engine. 
      We'll have more details when the Rio makes its debut at Paris next month.
      Source: Kia
      Press Release is on Page 2
      Paris World Premiere For All-New Kia Rio
      The all-new, fourth-generation Kia Rio will make its world premiere on 29 September in Paris, at the 2016 Mondial de l'Automobile.
      The Rio's progressive new exterior and interior design was led by Kia's design centers in Germany and California, in close collaboration with the company's main design center in Namyang, Korea. Straight lines and smooth surfacing give the car a distinctive new character, while a longer front overhang and bonnet, longer wheelbase, and upright C-pillar give the car an even more confident and balanced appearance than its predecessor.
      The all-new Rio will offer buyers class-leading practicality and safety technology, the latest connectivity features, and more assured and engaging ride and handling characteristics.
      The Kia Rio is the Korean manufacturer's global best-selling model, with more than 473,000 sold around the world in 2015. The next generation will enter production towards the end of 2016 for Europe, with production timings for other regions to be announced closer to launch.
      Kia's 2016 Mondial de l'Automobile press conference will start at 14:45 CET on 29 September. Kia's stand will be located in Hall 3 of the Paris Expo Porte de Versailles.
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    • By William Maley
      Subaru's green credentials aren't the best as it only sells one hybrid in the U.S. (XV Crosstrek Hybrid) and one in Japan (Impreza Sport Hybrid). But that could be changing in 2021.
       
      Japanese newspaper Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun reports that Subaru plans on launching an electric crossover in the U.S. by 2021. This crossover is expected to use Subaru's new modular platform that was revealed earlier this year. The report doesn't say anything about power or possible range, nor does it say how it got this information.
       
      When asked by Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun, Fuji Heavy spokesman Masato Saito said the company hasn't made any decision on introducing an electric vehicle. Saito went on to say that if Subaru did go forward with an EV, it would likely target the North American marketplace.
       
      Source: Automotive News (Subscription Required), Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun
    • By William Maley
      Subaru of America, Inc. Reports Record July Sales   CHERRY HILL, N.J., Aug. 2, 2016 /PRNewswire/ --  Record July - monthly sales increase 3.1 percent over July 2015 56 consecutive months of month-over-month growth Best July ever for Legacy and Outback 29 consecutive months of more than 10,000 Outbacks sold 36 consecutive months of more than 10,000 Foresters sold Subaru of America, Inc. today reported record July 2016 sales of 52,093 vehicles, a 3.1 percent gain over the same month a year ago. The company also reported year-to-date sales of 331,551 vehicles, a 2.7 percent gain over the same period in 2015.   July marked the 29th consecutive month of 40,000+ vehicle sales for the company. Legacy and Outback sales were notably strong as each carline achieved its best July ever.   "Subaru is pleased to be celebrating another sales record," said Thomas J. Doll, president and chief operating officer, Subaru of America, Inc. "These milestones are the result of the dedication and commitment of our retailers who passionately serve the needs of our customers. 2016 looks set to be our eighth year of consecutive sales records, with more new product yet to come."    "With several 2017 models – including Legacy and Outback – now arriving at retailer show rooms, we expect sales to continue to grow throughout the remainder of the year," said Jeff Walters, senior vice president of sales, Subaru of America, Inc. "At our current pace, selling over 600,000 vehicles in 2016 is certainly within reach."   Also in July, Subaru Outback, Forester, and Crosstrek won their segments in the Crossover SUV categories for the 2016 AutoPacific Ideal Vehicle Awards. These awards, based on customer responses, recognize vehicles that best meet the expectations of their owners. Both Outback and Forester won their segments for the second year in a row.  
      Carline
      Jul-16
      Jul-15
      % Chg
      Jul-16
      Jul-15
      % Chg
        MTD
      MTD
      MTD
      YTD
      YTD
      YTD
      Forester
      14,856
      15,811
      -6.0%
      95,111
      96,639
      -1.6%
      Impreza
      5,200
      6,527
      -20.3%
      34,965
      37,833
      -7.6%
      WRX/STI
      3,288
      3,716
      -11.5%
      19,294
      18,751
      2.9%
      Legacy
      5,212
      4,500
      15.8%
      35,569
      33,673
      5.6%
      Outback
      14,704
      10,863
      35.4%
      92,090
      82,180
      12.1%
      BRZ
      353
      525
      -32.8%
      2,760
      3,334
      -17.2%
      Crosstrek
      8,480
      8,575
      -1.1%
      51,762
      50,525
      2.5%
      TOTAL
      52,093
      50,517
      3.1%
      331,551
      322,935
      2.7%
       
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