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North America will see the new generation Subaru Forester for the first time in LA, when it goes on show at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show this week. Only weeks after the world premierein Japan, November 13, Americans will get the chance to view most significant changed Forester since 1997. The All-Wheel Drive fourth generation Forester offers an even higher level of drivability as well as enhanced safety and environmental performance, combined with improved Sports Utility Vehicle capabilities. Also on display in LA will be Subaru technical exhibits, including the new Forester cutaway body, revealing the car’s structure. A technology touchscreen will demonstrate Forester’s innovation. Yasuyuki Yoshinaga, the President and CEO of Fuji Heavy Industries, the maker of Subaru vehicles, will address media at the show on the afternoon of November 28. LA Auto Show is open to the public from November 30-December 9 and the Australian launch will happen in quarter one 2013.
Subaru has managed to source extra production of its high-demand BRZ sports car in February and March next year. The extra allocation of 140 vehicles means customers due to receive cars from May onwards will achieve better than anticipated delivery dates. “We’re delighted that Fuji Heavy Industries (FHI) has recognized the enormous demand for BRZ in Australia and allocated additional production,” said Nick Senior, Managing Director, Subaru Australia. BRZ has been a runaway success since its July launch, selling exclusively online. Prior to FHI’s extra allocation, the back orders were through to November 2013, but Mr Senior says all customers from May next year can expect an improvement in their car’s estimated delivery time. Subaru’s initial allocation of 201 cars to the end of 2012 sold-out after just three hours of going “live” on the web. BRZ has a National Driveaway Price starting at $37,150, and includes a three-year/60,000 kilometre scheduled service plan and a five-star ANCAP occupant safety rating. Customers can check their vehicle progress online to view estimated time of arrival. Subaru is contacting all customers awaiting a BRZ to advise them of the latest developments.
The new generation All-Wheel Drive Subaru Forester will make its world premiere in Japan early next week, November 13. The premiere will be followed by an Australian launch in quarter one next year. Since its launch in 1997 the Forester has become Subaru’s all-time best-seller in Australia. Forester dominated its market segment for four consecutive years ending 2011. At the end of October 2012, more than 169,000 will have been sold in Australia. “This fourth generation Forester is the most significant we will have launched since the original back in 1997”, said Nick Senior, Managing Director, Subaru Australia. “There is more change – substantial technical change – and innovation, than ever before. “But above all, new Forester is an SUV that won’t be confined to the suburbs. “It’s a vehicle that could have been designed specifically for the Australian lifestyle – it’s all-road, all-conditions, all-seasons and this new one will go further than any previous Forester. “Indeed, it is a smarter, safer, further Forester!” Fuji Heavy Industries, the maker of Subaru vehicles, has also announced a special website for the Forester (http://www.subaru.jp/countdown/index.html) to raise customer interest before the unveiling.
The team at Subaru Australia seemed to be grasping at straws as to what to talk about last week at the Sydney Motor Show. Nick Senior, Subaru Australia Managing Director, chose to talk about the motorsport kit and the Subaru Tecnica International (STI) and performance parts and accessories, that are likely to be on sale soon. This is all good if you are one of the lucky few to have been able to buy a BRZ when the sale of the 200-something were sold out on the internet in only minutes. However it is not all bad as if you placed an order today you would be able to see your new shinning BRZ in November 2013 and the kits out now will be ready to bolt on. Subaru showed off the latest creation from long-term partner, New Zealand-based Possum Bourne Motorsport (PBMS). Subaru enjoyed a decade of dominance in the Australian Rally Championship, working alongside PBMS. Senior said that the company was delighted to display the PBMS BRZ motorsport project car. “This car will take the BRZ thrill to a whole new level for those that want some serious trackwork.” Mr Senior said while Subaru Australia had no current plans to re-enter the motorsport arena itself, the overwhelmingly positive response to BRZ had brought a huge level of enquiry from motorsport enthusiasts. “There’s a massive level of interest among motorsport fans, so we’re keen to tap into that market. “From day one we have always imagined the BRZ would appeal to the ‘weekend warriors’ – people who enjoy club level motorsport activities. “PBMS has developed packages that will appeal to these enthusiasts. It is a company that has developed an international reputation for excellence in engineering and fastidiousness in attention to detail.” PBMS have a huge list of options for the motorsport BRZ and basically it becomes a pick what you want and pay. PBMS has developed three track-ready packages. The entry-level package includes:
- Rollcage kit, including installation
- Recaro motorsport seats
- Sabelt six-point harness
- Fuel system modifications, including lines and connectors
- Carbonfibre lightweight parts, including door panels
- Driveline and suspension modifications, including Cusco height and damper adjustable coilover suspension
- Brake package, including AP front and rear rotors and calipers and STI handbrake
- Electrical kit, including wiring, circuit breakers and lightweight battery
- Recaro winged-HANS seats
- Enkei 18 x 8.0 lightweight wheels and Pirelli P-Zero Trofeo R motorsport tyres.
- Front under spoiler
- Side under spoiler
- Boot lip spoiler
- Flexible tower bar
- Wheel nut set – black
- 17-inch alloy wheel
- Coil spring set
- Quick shift gear lever
- Sports muffler
- Gear shift knob
- Push start switch
- Rear under diffuser
- Instrument panel trim
A beach dash along the Indian Ocean from Kalbarri to Geraldton in Western Australia was the final leg of Australia’s toughest motor sport event, the 2012 Australasian Safari. Every competitor who crossed the finish line is a winner for completing a gruelling eight days of competition covering approximately 3500 competitive kilometres off-road, on beaches, through sand dunes, over creeks, rocky riverbeds, claypans and cattle stations. Jake Smith, 24, from NSW won the Australasian Safari moto division as he did in 2009. He held the lead for the entire event on his Honda CRF450X and finished with a comfortable 31 minutes to spare. With brother Todd Smith, last year’s Safari moto winner, they have a combined seven podiums in seven events in WA on three different marques – Honda, Yamaha and KTM. Jake said he was still feeling really good after the eight days of racing and was relieved it was all over. “It’s never over ‘til it’s over so I was taking it easy to get through the cool beach stages and cross the finish line. Having won last in 2009 it’s a really good feeling to win again,” he said. WA’s Warren Strange, 47, is no stranger to Safari and he rode his Dakar-built Honda CRF450X to finish convincingly in second place, one hour 39 minutes ahead of his nearest rival. “I’m really happy that an old guy like me can do this! I gave up motocross riding when these guys around me were kids. “I’ve tried to do quite a lot of events this year in my preparation for Dakar so I’m really pleased it has paid off.” Warren’s second place win was also a huge personal achievement for him, having had leukemia for 20 years. “I’ve been able to take time off work to train and now I’m following my passion, life’s too short,” he said. Ryan Inghram, 33, also from WA, achieved a third place podium finish on a KTM450 despite this being his first attempt at the Australasian Safari. “I’m feeling pretty good with this being my first Safari, it’s the longest event I’ve contested. It was harder than I thought, a tough week. The stages were good, the longer the better for me. The bike’s been great to me too.” David Schwarz, 42, from South Australia, on Husaberg FE450, has finished in the top ten of the last ten Australasian Safaris. This is a huge achievement for this marathon event. No other competitor has managed more than four and in 2012 he finished seventh outright. “Ten years of racing is a long time. I’m tired but happy. This year’s stages were great, I really enjoyed it, it ranks right up there with the other Safaris I’ve done. The variation in the terrain and the styles of riding were great and there were some true Safari stages. It was great to go somewhere new.” The winners of five of the last six Australasian Safaris have won on Honda bikes. John Hederics (NSW) and Kees Weel (Qld) in the Holden Colorado finished a comfortable one hour 24 minutes ahead of their nearest rivals and drove a steady race over the past eight days. Hederics holds the record for most Australasian Safari wins on a moto and in an auto. Hederics is arguably the event’s most experienced competitor. He has won six out of seven Safari attempts on a moto and four out of seven attempts in an auto. It is Weel’s second win as a navigator and the fourth win for the car. Hederics said he was happy, relieved and glad to be back. “I had to rush back for the footy to watch Sydney,” said Henderics. “We held the lead for three days and had it to lose. Driving conservatively is sometimes harder than going fast. “I’ve been on loads of Safaris as a competitor and as support, this is by far the best course. The difference in terrain and the variances have been really good. The organisation is good and there are experienced guys running the show and they know what’s required.” The second place win for West Australians Rob Herridge and Sam Hill was a huge achievement. Their Subaru Forester was entered in the Production Class, meaning the car had very few modifications. They finished an impressive one hour and 39 minutes ahead of third place holders and with their service crew managed to keep the car on track for the eight days. “I’m feeling pumped,” said Herridge. “We’ve been trying not to celebrate for three days because it’s not over ‘til it’s over. It went well beyond our expectations, not only did we win a few stages, we came second outright. It’s a testament to Subaru cars. We’re wrapped.” Veteran off-road racers of more than 40 years, Victorians Reg Owen and Russel Cairns, placed third in the autos, a well-deserved position after competing in an impressive 15 Australasian Safaris. “We had to work for it,” Reg said. “We were pushing quite hard today but 122 (Park/Newbon) made the bigger mistake. They were pushing as well. This event has been tops. They have got it 100 percent right. The tracks were great, they were marked well and it has made a big difference.” Victorian Paul Smith, 35, won the Australasian Safari convincingly from start to finish on his Honda TRX700XX. He has contested each Australasian Safari since quads were introduced five years ago and won in 2010. He said he was relieved and stoked. “Especially after last year’s stuff up and the helicopter ride to hospital with a broken leg, I’m really glad to be on top. In true Safari form, the event had to throw something at me, and in the last three kilometers I hit a sheep. It was OK and ran away. “I loved the Gascoyne region for Safari, the stages were awesome – pure evil! It’s the least troubles I’ve ever had on the event and it’s a credit to the guys who built the bike. I’m really happy, next stop Dakar!” Smith said. South African rider Brett Cummings, 29, won the Dakar Challenge in his first marathon event. “I’m feeling happy to get through it. It was unknown pressure for me especially yesterday getting a 45-minute penalty. I made some stupid mistakes today, I went too slow in the sand and had a big crash in the second stage – my only crashes of the event were the last day. “I’ve liked the organisation of Australasian Safari and the routes. I’ve learnt so much coming out of this race. I’ve had some great pointers from Jake and Todd (Smith) and I’m looking forward to next time. “Winning the Dakar Challenge means it will be easier for us to get sponsors, it lightens the load on the pockets. I was uncertain of how I would go on a multi day event and I’m so happy I’ve managed to maintain pace over the seven days.” 115 competitors started the Australasian Safari last Saturday (21 September) and after a Prologue and seven legs there were 92 competitors who crossed the finish line.