SUBARU LAUNCHES ALL-NEW FORESTER

Posted: 04/05/2013 in LifeStyle, Motor

SUBARU LAUNCHES ALL-NEW FORESTER

Fourth-generation SUV, featuring the new DIT engine

PHILIPPINES, 04 APRIL 2013 – Motor Image, the exclusive distributor of Subaru vehicles in the Asia region, today launched the all-new Forester in Philippines. The fourth generation Forester was designed to achieve enhanced user-friendly utilities, comfort and a stress-free, fun-to-drive character through improved driving performance and ride quality.

The Subaru Forester 2.0XT and 2.0i-L models are now available in Philippines.

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The all-new Subaru Forester 2.0XT

The all-new Forester features:

· Superior driving performance and ride quality powered by the new-generation Boxer engine combined with Lineartronic transmission

· X-MODE, a new All-Wheel Drive control system

· Excellent fuel efficiency and safety performance

· A redesigned cabin with spacious cargo space and a new power-lift tailgate operated by push-button

· A new Direct Injection Turbo engine (for Forester 2.0XT only)

The new fourth-generation Forester 2.0XT features Subaru’s Horizontally-Opposed Direct Injection Turbo (DIT) engine. Combined with the brand’s high-torque, responsive Lineartronic transmission, the Boxer engine ensures that it delivers a more dynamic and enjoyable driving experience with increased mid-to-low range torque and smoother acceleration. Environmentally friendly technologies are also designed to reduce friction and improve combustion efficiency, achieving superior fuel efficiency.

At the core of the Forester is Subaru’s unique Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive technology (AWD) that provides a sense of stability and allows for quick response to challenging road conditions. Further enhancing the AWD’s ability is a newly developed X-mode control system that is designed for any driver to easily navigate on tough roads, handle slippery surfaces or steep hills with just one switch.

“The all-new Forester reinforces its reputation of being an icon of dependability and versatility. The Forester’s outstanding performance and practicality is backed by its improved fuel efficiency, safety and utility features with a premium level of comfort,” said Mr Glenn Tan, Executive Director of Tan Chong International Limited.

“The dynamic combination of the new Direct Injection Turbo Boxer engine together with core Subaru technologies, such as the AWD system, Lineartronic transmission and environmentally-friendly capabilities through improved fuel efficiency, makes the new Forester an excellent value statement. With the strong demand for SUVs in the Asian region, I’m confident that the all-new Forester will continue to be a popular choice amongst discerning consumers who are looking for enjoyment and a peace of mind,” added Mr Tan.

In another move to further enhance its drivability, the new Forester now comes with SI-DRIVE. The Forester 2.0XT variant provides the driver the option of “Intelligent”, “Sports” and “S# (Sports sharp)” modes, each to promote both driving pleasure and fuel efficiency for the driver.

And superior crash safety performance has been achieved with the Forester, thanks to the specially designed body made with high tensile steel that reduces the vehicle’s weight while retaining high rigidity.

From a design and comfort viewpoint, the new Forester is larger and roomier than its predecessors with a redesigned cabin. A wide field of view for all seats and spacious visibility for stress-free driving have also been achieved in the repackaging. Drivers will also get more convenience on-the-go with expanded cargo space and a new power-lift tailgate operated by push-button, a first for Subaru.

The all-new Forester is available for booking at all Subaru showrooms nationwide

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About the Tan Chong Group

Tan Chong International (HKSE:0693) is listed on the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong and is a major motor, property and distribution company with operations in Singapore, Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam. Since its inception in 1957, the Group has grown its assets substantially through continuous expansion of its existing diversified business portfolio in manufacturing, distribution and retail.

About Motor Image

Motor Image is the authorised distributor of Subaru automobiles in Singapore. Established in 1986 and headquartered in Singapore, the company has since opened offices in Cambodia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Southern China, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam. The Motor Image Group is a wholly owned subsidiary of Hong Kong-listed Tan Chong International Limited (TCIL), which has partnered with Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. for the local assembly of Subaru vehicles in Malaysia. Signed in July 2011, the agreement leverages on Tan Chong’s existing assembly facilities for production of Subaru cars for marketing and distribution in Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia. This new development is part of Motor Image Group’s growth strategy, which identifies ASEAN as the key engine of the Group’s future growth. Over the next year, the Group aims to expand its sales network by adding 28 new outlets in Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand. Currently, the Group has a network of 200 sales and distribution outlets across 10 markets. Other businesses that TCIL engage in across Asia include automotive, commercial, manufacturing, trading and property investment businesses across Asia. www.motorimage.net/MIG/home/

About Subaru

Based in Japan, Subaru is the automotive division of Fuji Heavy Industries (FHI), a comprehensive, multifaceted transport equipment manufacturer that develops a wide range of innovative products such as automobiles, aerospace, bus-manufacturing, house-prefabricating, industrial products and ecology systems.

Founded in 1955, Subaru has since grown to become one of the world’s leading carmakers. In 1972, Subaru became the first in the world to market an All-Wheel Drive (AWD) passenger car and pioneered the market in Japan for high-performance station wagons by combining a turbo-charged engine with an AWD system. Subaru has improved and refined its AWD system, to create a symmetrical AWD system that enables optimal driving pleasure and safety.

Subaru is well known by motoring organizations worldwide for its engineering, design, functionality, safety and reliability. The Subaru range of vehicles includes the BRZ, Exiga, Forester, Impreza, Legacy, Outback, Tribeca and XV. Collectively, they have been known to be “driver’s cars” offering superb handling because of the core technologies, such as the Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive and Subaru Boxer, built into every model. www.subaru-global.com

 

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