The Subaru Forester, sold in the USA, has won the Insurance Institute
for Highway Safety’s 2008 Top Safety Pick award.
The Forester, an SUV based upon the Impreza, scored the highest marks
for side, rear and offset frontal impact-protection.
Institute president Adrian Lund said: "The performance of the Forester underscores Subaru’s commitment to delivering state-of-the-art safety to its customers.
"You don’t know what kind of crash you are going to be in. That’s why
it’s important to choose a vehicle that will protect you in all kinds of crashes."
Lawrence Good, managing director of Subaru (UK) Limited, said: "This is
excellent news and perfectly timed just as the UK version of the new
Forester is about to go on sale.
"The tests by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety are respected
worldwide and it is also worth noting that both the US and UK Foresters
are Japanese-built and therefore share the same basic potential
The Forester made its European debut at the 78th Geneva Motor Show
earlier this year and launches with a 2.0 litre petrol engine with the
option of both manual and automatic transmission.