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Subaru reported the brand’s 41st consecutive month of year-over-year U.S. sales improvement last month and in so doing produced the brand’s highest-volume April in the history of Subaru of America.

47,241 Subarus were sold in the United States last month, an 18% increase compared with April 2014. The 7,158-unit increase was powered by gains from the Forester, Outback, Legacy, XV Crosstrek, and the WRX/STi.

High-riders – the Forester, Outback, and XV – accounted for 71% of Subaru’s volume last month.

The XV has proven so far this year to be significantly more popular than the Impreza sedan and hatch combined (excluding the WRX/STi that Subaru sees as a unique model). XV sales are up 20% to 27,017 through the first four months of 2015; Impreza sales are up 2% to 20,597. The XV led the Impreza by only 2,390 units at this stage a year ago.

Subaru USA sales chart

The Outback fell 2238 units shy of matching last December’s best Outback month ever but exceeded the nameplate’s previous best April by 1,871 units, an 18% improvement.

Forester sales, say Subaru, have risen beyond 10,000 units in each of the last 21 months. In comparison with the category’s top-selling CR-V, Equinox, Escape, and RAV4, Forester sales aren’t terribly high. Those four nameplates averaged nearly 27,000 April sales. But the Forester’s steady march forward is unmistakable. Between 2007 and 2012, Subaru averaged fewer than 6000 Forester sales per month.

Subaru XV Crosstrek

By the standards of top-tier midsize contenders, Legacy sales are a pittance. Yet by Legacy standards, Subaru’s midsize sedan is booming. April sales shot up 69% to 5,276; year-to-date volume is up 68% to 19,647.

The numbers are small, but the Legacy is proving tremendously helpful for Subaru in the United States, where the majority of midsize cars – and the midsize segment as a whole – are failing to match last year’s sales pace. The Legacy has added nearly 8,000 sales to the Subaru tally over the span of just four months, nearly on par with the volume added by the Outback.

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With growth across much of the lineup, where does this position Subaru? We’ve stated previously that the brand is clearly now among the mainstream players, as declared by what is now a 14-month-long streak of 40K+ sales months. Subaru’s U.S. market share increased to 3.2% in April 2015, up from 2.9% at this time a year ago, 2.6% in April 2013, and 2.2% in April 2012.

The likelihood that a successor to the discontinued Tribeca will be far more successful than the Tribeca will provide further expansion.

Subaru
April 2015
April 2014
% Change
2015 YTD
2014 YTD
% Change
Forester 13,977 11,547 21.0% 51,613 46,937 9.9%
Outback 12,534 10,663 17.6% 48,021 39,589 21.3%
XV Crosstrek 6,936 5,678 22.2% 27,017 22,553 19.8%
Legacy 5,276 3,126 68.8% 19,647 11,670 68.4%
Impreza 5,311 5,444 -2.4% 20,597 20,163 2.2%
WRX/STi 2,713 2,698 0.6% 9,974 8,213 21.4%
BRZ 494 820 -39.8% 1,653 2,886 -42.7%
Total
47,241 40,083 17.9% 178,522 152,471 17.1%

Subaru was the ninth-best-selling auto brand in America over the first four months of 2015, 10,000 sales ahead of Dodge; 16,000 sales back of Kia.

Timothy Cain is the founder of GoodCarBadCar.net, which obsesses over the free and frequent publication of U.S. and Canadian auto sales figures. Follow on Twitter @goodcarbadcar and on Facebook.

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The Fastest and Slowest Selling Cars in April Were a Subaru and a BMW http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/05/the-fastest-and-slowest-selling-cars-in-april-were-a-subaru-and-a-bmw/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/05/the-fastest-and-slowest-selling-cars-in-april-were-a-subaru-and-a-bmw/#comments Tue, 13 May 2014 13:00:22 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=818738 The amount of time it takes to sell a new vehicle is usually a good indicator of demand for that model and gives a slightly different perspective from the more traditional number of days supply statistic. The average time that new cars and light trucks spent on U.S. dealer lots last month, 56 days, was up […]

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The amount of time it takes to sell a new vehicle is usually a good indicator of demand for that model and gives a slightly different perspective from the more traditional number of days supply statistic. The average time that new cars and light trucks spent on U.S. dealer lots last month, 56 days, was up slightly from March’s 51 days, which was the same average selling time in April of 2013. Cars.com’s Kicking Tires blog has compiled lists of both the fastest selling vehicles in April as well as the cars that have lingered on the lots perhaps a bit past their shelf date. The ten fastest selling cars averaged just under 11 days from the time they rolled off their transporters until they were driven home by happy customers. The ten slowest selling cars took an average of 5 months to sell. The slowest selling car in America in April was the 2014 BMW 640i xDrive coupe, which sat on Dealer lots an average of 205 days. The two quickest selling cars were Subarus, the 2015 Forester and 2015 WRX, which both took an average of just 7 days to sell.

Complete lists after the break.

The presence of Subarus at the top of the fast-selling list shouldn’t come as a surprise as the company as gone from strength to strength in North America over the past few years. Demand for their own cars in North America is one reason why Fuji Heavy Industries, Subaru’s corporate parent, will discontinue building Camrys under contract to Toyota in their Indiana plant.  The fact that BMW has four of the ten slowest selling vehicles (including the MINI Paceman) may be evidence that BMW’s business model of churning out additional models for narrower and narrower niches has its limits.

Kicking Tires excluded limited editions, exotics and other cars that don’t pass a certain threshold of sales from the list of fastest sellers, while the slowest sellers list includes all models.

April’s 20 fastest selling cars:

2015 Subaru Forester: 7 days
2015 Subaru WRX: 7 days
2014 Land Rover Range Rover: 8 days
2014 Land Rover Range Rover Sport: 10 days
2015 Lexus RX 350: 11 days
2015 Mercedes-Benz GL450: 11 days
2015 Chevrolet Suburban 1500: 13 days
2014 Toyota Highlander: 13 days
2014 Audi Q5: 14 days
2014 Chevrolet Corvette coupe: 14 days
2014 Nissan Rogue: 14 days
2015 Audi A3: 16 days
2014 Mercedes-Benz S550: 16 days
2014 Toyota Tacoma crew cab: 16 days
2015 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD crew cab: 17 days
2014 GMC Sierra Denali crew cab: 17 days
2014 Lexus GX 460: 17 days
2015 Mazda CX-5: 18 days
2014 BMW X5: 18 days
2014 Toyota Tacoma four-door extended cab: 18 days

The 10 slowest  selling car in April:

2014 BMW 640i xDrive coupe: 205 days
2014 Mercedes-Benz E400 Hybrid: 179 days
2014 Jaguar F-Type convertible: 157 days
2014 Infiniti Q60 coupe: 157 days
2014 BMW M6 convertible: 143 days
2014 Mitsubishi Outlander: 141 days
2014 Jaguar F-Type S convertible: 140 days
2014 Acura RLX: 135 days
2014 BMW 650i xDrive Gran Coupe: 133 days
2014 Mini Paceman: 129 days

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2014 Subaru Forester Gets The Corporate Mug http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/11/2014-subaru-forester-gets-the-corporate-mug/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/11/2014-subaru-forester-gets-the-corporate-mug/#comments Thu, 01 Nov 2012 13:00:52 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=465576   The Forester stands alone in evading Subaru’s more questionable styling choices, but it hasn’t ever looked particularly enticing either. The 2014 model, with its new Impreza-esque front and rear treatments, continues that tradition. Under the hood, things are more promising. In addition to Subaru’s venerable 2.5L 4-cylinder engine, a 2.0L turbocharged version, good for […]

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The Forester stands alone in evading Subaru’s more questionable styling choices, but it hasn’t ever looked particularly enticing either. The 2014 model, with its new Impreza-esque front and rear treatments, continues that tradition. Under the hood, things are more promising.

In addition to Subaru’s venerable 2.5L 4-cylinder engine, a 2.0L turbocharged version, good for 250 horsepower, is also on deck. The downside is that the blown motor comes exclusively with a CVT gearbox, while the 2.5L has the option of a 6-speed manual. Subaru enthusiasts can take consolation in the fact that the new turbocharged FA engine will almost certainly appear in the next generation WRX – and maybe, just maybe, the BRZ as well.

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2014 Subaru Forester Leaked http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/09/2014-subaru-forester-leaked/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/09/2014-subaru-forester-leaked/#comments Tue, 25 Sep 2012 16:01:05 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=461569 Subaru has never taken many liberties with the design of their small SUV – while the B9 Tribeca’s design arguably cemented this site’s reputation as the auto media’s demon side, the Forester stuck to a very consistent formula. And that’s not changing any time soon. The brochure scan above purports to show the redesigned 2014 […]

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Subaru has never taken many liberties with the design of their small SUV – while the B9 Tribeca’s design arguably cemented this site’s reputation as the auto media’s demon side, the Forester stuck to a very consistent formula. And that’s not changing any time soon.

The brochure scan above purports to show the redesigned 2014 Forester, and the design cues are uncannily Impreza-esque. Carscoop reports that we’ll get a 2.5L Boxer without forced induction, making around 174 horsepower. Don’t get too excited about the 2.0XT model – not only is it not for North American consumption, but it will only come with a CVT gearbox.

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New or Used: Two Too Many Beaters? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/08/new-or-used-two-too-many-beaters/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/08/new-or-used-two-too-many-beaters/#comments Thu, 16 Aug 2012 19:33:15 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=457055   Anonymous writes: I picked up a Forester for a song and a dance ($500) this past summer, and did brakes and an oxygen sensor. We have less than $750, total, into it. It presently has 256K miles (another reason I don’t really want to use it as a daily driver!) I’ve had my 1999 Saab 9-5 […]

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  Anonymous writes:

I picked up a Forester for a song and a dance ($500) this past summer, and did brakes and an oxygen sensor. We have less than $750, total, into it. It presently has 256K miles (another reason I don’t really want to use it as a daily driver!) I’ve had my 1999 Saab 9-5 wagon for about two and a half years, from 160K miles to 197K miles.

I bought it for $1,000 and other than rebuilding the brakes (and doing a very thorough detailing when I first got it) haven’t done anything other than routine maintenance.

My wife has a 20-minute highway commute with her 2003 Subaru Baja, about 25 miles round trip, with heavy traffic. I have a 110-mile per day round trip commute, mostly highway cruising, although there is some gridlock in the mornings.

Most of the repairs and maintenance I do myself. But the CEL codes on the Saab have me and my indy mechanic stumped. So – I am thinking about replacing the Saab.

Having an extra car as a daily driver has proven to be very convenient and very cheap thus far. So it’s a hard decision. The $600 or so in insurance (per year) on the Forester has paid for itself in using the thing like a truck, avoiding rentals, etc. But I don’t want to drive it every day.

So do I try to cash in two beaters and buy a nicer vehicle? We’re paying down student loan debt, saving for a house, and generally live pretty simply. I’ll consider all comers. But Panthers are not practical for my commute! Your thoughts?

Steve Says:

A lot of folks get past the emissions issue by registering their vehicle in an area that doesn’t require them.

That’s the first thing I would do if emissions are a long term concern with either of the cars.

Alternatively, since this is a third car, you can add another family member or close friend to the title who may sometimes require an extra car in a pinch. It would provide both of you with a nice hedge in the event of the unexpected. If the CEL on the Saab bothers you, take it to a Swede specialist or start drilling hard at finding the fault at the enthusiast sites.

With specialists you do pay more. But you also save yourself the trauma of a catastrophic financial event which, given your commute, is quite important.

I would keep both cars. Just parlay out some of the issues and realize that every once in a while you will have to pay a ‘price premium’ to keep them in good running order.

If push ever comes to shove, you can always sell both and move onto something else. But I see no sense in getting another ride at this point.

For right now you have two good solutions, one minor annoyance with the Saab CEL, and zero terminal problems. Keep them.

 

Sajeev says:

Sir, how dare you suggest that a Panther is not suitable for your needs!

You haven’t even given it a chance! But honestly, you need a less charismatic vehicle. Singular. This should be something without the charms of a SAAB or a Subie.  Panther no, but something boring from Japan or the USA.  No complex SAAB electrics, no difficult Subie labor rates…a big concern at that mileage!

So set a budget and stick to it.  Maybe $5000 for a decent Corolla, Civic, Focus, Cobalt, Malibu, Camry, Sentra, Accord, etc. Get something with better-than-subie fuel mileage and bulletproof components.

If you find it boring, drive the wife’s Baja a few times. Save your cash for a home, or maybe another weird third car that might float your boat. Or maybe a little truck with a stick.

But right now, the smart money is on you consolidating and simplifying.

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