Subaru Forester Wins SUV Of The Year Award

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Before the 2021 Subaru Forester arrives next month, the 2020 model scores a global SUV of the Year award. Should you put Forester on your SUV shopping list?

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What do car awards tell consumers? The newly-redesigned Subaru Forester picked up another global award for SUV of the Year in the popular Mid-Size Crossover category in Russia but should you pay attention? The cars are judged by professional automotive journalists who drive dozens of new models every year and know mid-size SUVs well. It helps SUV buyers because journalists evaluate vehicles on performance capabilities and features after real-world testing.

It’s not the first time Subaru Forester gets the award. The SUV also took home the honour in 2016 for the previous generation model. The automotive journalists chose newly-redesigned SUVs from three categories; full-size, mid-size, and compact SUVs. The Forester competed against all mainstream and luxury brands.

The remodelled Forester scored well because of its interior comfort, driving dynamics, fuel mileage, safety technology, and cargo space. Forester rides on the new Subaru Global Platform, which helped increase interior space and comfort. It also improved the driving characteristics compared with the outgoing model.

Because of its features and qualities, Forester is Subaru’s number-one-selling car worldwide and in North America. In the U.S., Forester is Subaru of America’s (SOA) top-selling all-wheel-drive vehicle in the stable. Through eight months of 2020, the newly-redesigned Forester is SOA’s only vehicle with an increase in sales (+0.4 percent) compared with last year.

Among all compact SUVs, the Forester is also the only small SUV sold in the U.S. market that gained in sales compared to 2019. The Forester is still hot while all others have cooled off because of the pandemic. The Forester is up 2.7 percent in the first two quarters of 2020, while all other compact SUVs have declined.

2020 Subaru Legacy Named to Wards 10 Best User Experiences List

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  • Subaru earns fourth consecutive Wards 10 Best UX award
  • Recognized for user-friendly multimedia system
  • Best-performing driver-assist technology in any vehicle evaluated
  • Praised for intuitive smartphone integration

MISSISSAUGA, ON, Aug. 7, 2020 /CNW/ – Subaru Canada, Inc. (SCI), is proud to announce the 2020 Legacy was chosen for the 2020 Wards 10 Best User Experiences list for intuitive and effective interior features including connectivity, infotainment, controls, and driver-assist technology.

The 2020 Legacy is the fourth consecutive Wards 10 Best UX winner for Subaru, following last year’s award-winning Outback, Ascent in 2018, and Impreza in 2017.

WardsAuto, a leading provider of automotive reporting and insights, evaluated 18 vehicles for the 5th annual competition. The vehicles were tested and rated by editors on their ability to enhance an individual’s lifestyle and make technology easy to use.

Front and centre inside the Legacy is an all-new tablet-style 11.6-inch high-resolution touchscreen, the largest, most advanced system ever in a Subaru. Equipped on all trims except the Convenience, the 11.6-inch integrated centre information display offers on-screen controls for audio, climate control and vehicle settings, as well as smartphone integration for Apple CarPlay® and Android™ Auto. Like with a smartphone, app icons on the touchscreen can be moved and configured based on personal preference. The Limited trims and above add the 11.6-inch multimedia with voice-activated GPS navigation.

With safety as a top priority, the all-new seventh-generation sedan comes standard with award-winning Subaru EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology. Acting as a second pair of eyes for the driver, EyeSight uses two cameras mounted above the rear-view mirror to detect and react to obstacles in the vehicle’s path. The EyeSight suite of features now includes Advanced Adaptive Cruise Control with Lane Centring Assist. The Lane Centring Assist function helps to centre the vehicle within the travel lane while in stop-and-go traffic as well as at highway speeds.

Available segment-exclusive DriverFocus Distraction Mitigation System uses a dedicated near-infrared camera and facial recognition technology to identify signs of driver fatigue or distraction and provides audio and visual warnings to alert the driver and passengers.

Additional available driver-assist technologies include LED Steering Responsive Headlights, Reverse Automatic Braking, Blind-Spot Detection with Lane Change Assist and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, and EyeSight Assist Monitor with heads-up display.

The midsize sedan starts at $26,395 and is available in Convenience, Touring, Limited, Premier, Limited GT and Premier GT models.

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Subaru Crosstrek adds a bigger engine and new trim level for 2021

There’s also a redesigned front end and new driver-assist technologies

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Subaru is adding some extra oompf to its Crosstrek for 2021, which will offer a new 2.5L four-cylinder in an equally-new “Outdoor” trim level for Canadians, as well as in the Limited trim.

The new engine will be available alongside the 2.0L four-cylinder that’s currently the only choice in the Crosstrek. While the 2.0L makes 152 horsepower and 145 lb-ft of torque, the 2.5L churns out 182 horses and 176 lb-ft.

Both engines are Subaru’s trademark horizontally-opposed configuration, and all Crosstrek trim levels include full-time all-wheel-drive.

The 2021 Crosstrek also gets a new grille and wheel design, and the EyeSight package of driver-assist safety technologies, standard on all models equipped with a CVT, adds lane-centering assist to its adaptive cruise control. A heated steering wheel becomes standard on the Touring and Sport trim levels.

All Crosstrek models feature a driver-selectable X-Mode for slippery or off-road conditions, but the new Outdoor uses a dual-function X-Mode system with settings for snow/dirt, and for deep snow/mud. The new trim level also includes a new front-view camera for parking or entering blind intersections; unique 17-inch wheels; exterior accents in gunmetal colouring; all-weather upholstery with yellow stitching; and optional Plasma Yellow Pearl paint.

Pricing for the 2021 Crosstrek will be announced at a later date.

Automakers help source and pay for PPE needed by dealers.

Dillan Defoy, an employee at Subaru of Niagara, wears some of the personal protective equipment required during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dealers tasked with implementing health-and-safety protocols are getting varying degrees of automaker support ranging from sourcing sought-after personal protective equipment to covering part of the cost of supplies designed to combat COVID-19.

Alex Digenis, who owns two franchised dealerships and a used-vehicle store in Ontario’s Niagara region, estimated the bill to install plexiglass barriers and purchase such items as gloves, masks, hand sanitizer and hazmat suits for his vehicle-cleaning crew at his Subaru store, alone, is running into the thousands of dollars. The automaker, he said, has pledged to cover half of his costs.

“Subaru has been gracious enough and understanding enough to say, ‘this is a new reality’ and … they’re going to help share the expense, which I thought was quite lovely of them to do,” said Digenis.

Julie Lychak, Subaru spokeswoman, said the automaker has set a maximum limit on the amount it will subsidize, although she did not elaborate. Eligible items, “include all PPE and some communication materials,” said Lychak.

“It is a comprehensive list and the intention is to work with the region and dealership needs rather than produce a definitive list.”

Across the country, dealers are in different stages of reopening their stores as provincial governments loosen stay-at-home restrictions as long as businesses comply with new health-and-safety guidelines aimed at curbing the spread of the highly infectious novel coronavirus. In Ontario, which had removed vehicle sales from the list of essential services, began allowing dealerships to reopen their showrooms by appointments only as of May 4.

But demand for equipment, such as masks and disinfectant, is outstripping supply, prompting automakers, like Volkswagen, to use the “power of bulk purchasing” to help dealers buy supplies at cost.

“We sourced plexiglass shields for them to place at customer touch-points to protect staff and customers and made them available to our dealers,” said VW Canada spokesman Thomas Tetzlaff. “We moved a lot of those in just a few days.

“Same goes for signage, like the floor signs you see in stores that instruct people to ‘stand here.’ We are also working on sourcing sanitizer.

“All of the stuff … is made available to our dealers without markup. We’re just covering our costs.”

It’s a similar story at Mazda Canada, which has a team “working on sourcing PPE and supplies such as plexiglass barriers, hand sanitizers, commercial-grade disinfectants, and point-of-sale signage for our dealer partners so they don’t have to source it themselves,” said company spokeswoman Sandra Lemaitre.

General Motors Canada is helping dealers source the “proper PPE through an exclusive portal to purchase hand sanitizers, masks and protective shields,” said spokeswoman Jennifer Wright.

While supplies were scarce during the early weeks of the lockdown, they’re starting to flow more steadily, said Andrew Harkness, director of aftersales and quality assurance at Nissan Canada, which is also helping dealers source PPE and disinfectant tools at cost.

“To our knowledge, many of our suppliers are finding sources of PPE, as more and more global suppliers come online and we believe the supply chain will adapt to the new demand for PPE,” Harkness said.

Subaru Named Best Overall Brand and Most Trusted Brand in 2020 Kelley Blue Book Brand Image Awards

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MISISSAUGA, ON, April 22, 2020 /CNW/ – Subaru Canada, Inc. (SCI) today announced it has been honoured in three major categories of the 2020 Kelley Blue Book Brand Image Awards, including Best Overall Brand, Most Trusted Brand and Best Performance Brand. With this year’s acknowledgement, Subaru has now won Most Trusted Brand for six consecutive years, in addition to three Best Overall Brand awards and four total Best Performance Brand awards.

As recipient of the Best Overall Brand award, Subaru achieved the highest average score across all ratings of non-luxury models, in addition to its Most Trusted Brand and Best Performance Brand titles. Kelley Blue Book shoppers selected Subaru based on the automaker’s reputation for delivering safe, spacious, fuel-efficient vehicles that satisfy the needs of both everyday consumers and those seeking increased utility and performance at the right price point.

“Subaru ownership guarantees more than safety and reliability on the road; it comes with a lifetime of dedication from our Subaru family to yours,” said Yasushi Enami, chairman, president and CEO of Subaru Canada, Inc. “This award recognizes the values of trust, loyalty and inspiring performance that our brand stands for.”

The Kelley Blue Book Brand Image Awards recognize automakers’ impressive achievements in creating and maintaining brand attributes that capture the enthusiasm of the new vehicle buying public. Winners are chosen based on consumer automotive perception data from Kelley Blue Book’s Brand Watch study.

Brand Watch is an online brand and model perception tracking study, which taps into more than 12,000 in-market new-vehicle shoppers in the U.S. annually on KBB.com. The highly comprehensive study offers insight into how shoppers perceive important factors driving their purchase decisions and captures brand/model familiarity and loyalty among new-car shoppers.

Addressing COVID-19 Customer Concerns at Gemini Motors

Hours of operation due to Covid-19

Showroom Parts & Services
Monday – Friday 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM Monday – Friday 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Saturday 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM Saturday Closed
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We very much appreciate the opportunity to be your Dealership and/or Service Center of choice. Your safety & well-being are our top priority. In response to growing concerns around the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), we have taken steps to help protect our team & our guests alike.

SANITIZATION: Our Janitorial staff will be deep cleaning the dealership daily to fully disinfect our store. Our team has been instructed to routinely sanitize high touch surface areas throughout the day which includes common areas and other high traffic parts of the dealership.

GREETINGS: While it is typically our policy to greet every customer with a warm handshake & a smile, we’ve advised our team to suspend any physical contact with guests including a handshake.

SHUTTLE SERVICE: Effective Monday March 23rd we will be temporarily be suspending this service.

GUEST VEHICLES: We will use gloves along with seat covers & floor mats to minimize contact with your vehicle. These will be removed before the vehicle is returned. Every vehicle will be wiped down with disinfectant products after each customer or employee interaction.

LOANER VEHICLES: These vehicles will be properly cleaned & sanitized between uses.

EMPLOYEE HEALTH: Our team members will not be allowed to return to work if they’ve had exposure to a COVID-19 patient until they have self-quarantined & been certified that they can return to work by a doctor. If they have traveled to a high impact area or been on a cruise, they will be required to self-quarantine before returning to work. If any of our employees display symptoms of a COVID-19 infection we will be sending them home for a quarantine period. We are suspending large group meetings & encouraging our team to stay within their direct work areas in addition to exercising social distancing.

We are grateful that you have chosen to place your trust in Gemini Motors. We are monitoring this situation & as it evolves, we will update you with any changes in this policy.

Contact us by email, chat or phone and we can help with any of the following:

· Video walk around of any inventory

· Pricing and payment info

· Evaluate your trade-in

· Deliver a car locally for an overnight test drive

· Schedule a one-on-one VIP visit

· Arrange for paperwork signing and vehicle delivery at your home or work (local-area guests)

Subaru Canada Debuts 2020 BRZ tS at Canadian International Auto Show

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  • BRZ tS returns for 2020 model year with a limited production of 50 units
  • STI-tuned front and rear suspension with Brembo brake system
  • Exclusive new Ceramic White exterior colour with cherry red accents and BRZ tS badging
  • Black leather and Alcantara® upholstery with contrasting red stitching

MISSISSAUGA, ON, Feb. 13, 2020,/CNW/ – Subaru Canada, Inc. (SCI) is excited to announce the return of the BRZ tS, a performance-focused derivative engineered by Subaru Tecnica International, Inc. (STI) specifically for driving enthusiasts. The special edition vehicle will be limited to 50 units.

Introducing the 2020 BRZ tS (CNW Group/Subaru Canada Inc.)
Introducing the 2020 BRZ tS (CNW Group/Subaru Canada Inc.)

On the performance side, the 2020 BRZ tS includes: STI-tuned SACHS dampers and coil springs, as well as an STI flexible V-brace in the engine compartment. Draw stiffeners are added to the chassis and sub-frame to improve steering response. The brake system is by Brembo, with four-piston callipers and rotors on the front and dual-piston callipers and rotors on the rear.

The tS comes exclusively in a new Ceramic White exterior colour and is paired with 18-inch wheels in matte-bronze finish wrapped in 215/40R18 Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tires. The BRZ tS offers customers an understated appearance, featuring a low-profile rear spoiler.

The BRZ tS is adorned with the exclusive cherry red accents around the front grille and unique rear bumper cover. The official BRZ tS badge in chrome and red is displayed on the front grille and rear decklid. The exterior foldable mirrors, roof-mounted shark fin antenna and BRZ badging all have a black finish. The fog lights have been removed and replaced with black fog light insert covers.

The cabin features black leather and Alcantara® upholstery with contrasting red stitching and accents, including on the steering wheel, door and dash panels, knee pads, shifter and emergency brake boots and visor over the gauge cluster. The front seats have red leather bolsters and the seatbacks are embroidered with the BRZ tS logo. The centre console has been updated to a cast black finish. Red front seat belts and a frameless interior rearview mirror are also standard.

Subaru Canada Awarded Three 2020 Canadian Residual Value Segment Awards

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  • Subaru awarded Best Compact Car (Impreza), Best Sports Car (WRX/WRX STI) and Best Subcompact Utility (Crosstrek)
  • Several runner-up finishes include second in MainstreamBrand, second for Midsize Car (Legacy), second for Midsize Utility (2nd row seating) (Outback), second for Midsize Utility (3rd row seating) (Ascent), third for Compact Utility (Forester) and second for Sportscar (BRZ)

MISSISSAUGA, ON, Jan. 16, 2020 /CNW/ – Subaru Canada, Inc. (SCI) is proud to announce that three models have won top segment awards in the 2020 ALG Canadian Residual Value Awards, while the Subaru brand came in second in the overall Mainstream Brand award. The brand has finished in the top two for Mainstream Brand for an unprecedented 11 consecutive years.

“Once again, Subaru has shown us the strength of its brand by capturing top honours in three ALG Residual Value Awards segments and showing consistently strong residual values across its diverse product portfolio,” said Michelle MacDonald, Senior Manager, Industry Solutions at ALG. “The Impreza, WRX and Crosstrek are all standouts in their respective categories and their strong residual values provide peace of mind to prospective buyers when considering vehicle deprecation, which is the most expensive aspect of car ownership.”

ALG is the industry benchmark for projecting future residual values and depreciation data, and the 12th annual ALG awards honoured 2020 vehicles predicted to hold their value better than any other vehicle in the segment.

“Our strategic planning always includes providing long-lasting value to our customers,” said SCI chairman, president and CEO Yasushi Enami. “Awards like these give us confidence that our goals are being achieved.”

Earning the first of Subaru’s three segment awards is the Impreza, named Best Compact Car in the 2020 Canadian Residual Value Awards. This is its fourth consecutive win — and 10th in the last 12 years. In fact, the Impreza has never finished outside of the top two in the compact category.

In the Sports Car segment, the combination of impressive performance and year-round versatility helped secure the ninth overall and fifth straight win for the Subaru WRX and WRX STI.

Finally, the Crosstrek took home top honours in the Subcompact Utility segment. Its fifth consecutive segment win, the Crosstrek has never finished outside of the top three since its introduction for the 2014 model year.

Other vehicles in the Subaru lineup showed strongly in 2020 edition of the awards, with the Ascent three-row SUV finishing second overall in its segment. The Outback finished second in the midsize utility (2nd row seating) segment. Also finishing second in its segment was the Legacy midsize sedan, marking an impressive streak of six straight Top 2 finishes. Finally, Forester finished third in the Compact Utility segment for the second consecutive year, while BRZ finished second in its Sportscar segment, the seventh top-three finish since the model first launched in the 2013 model year.

The annual ALG Canadian Residual Value Awards recognize automakers’ outstanding achievements for vehicles that are predicted to retain the highest percentage of their original price after a three-year period for luxury brands and a four-year period for mainstream brands. Awards are given in 27 vehicle segments as well as for the two brands with the highest overall predicted residual values among all mainstream and premium vehicles. This year’s awards are based on 2020 model year vehicles.