Subaru has much cause for celebration right now - at least in the US.
While Subaru has been struggling in Japan after being found guilty of falsifying emissions data, the automaker has seen considerable growth in America. The company's consistent annual sales growth has resulted in yet another production milestone, as Subaru has announced it has sold its two-millionth Forester SUV in the US.
Impressively, this milestone was achieved in under a third of the time it took for Subaru to sell one million Foresters in the US, a mark it surpassed in June of 2013. The two-millionth Forester was sold at Ruge's Subaru in Rhinebeck, New York, to regular Subaru customer Brian Gerber.
The first-generation Forester was introduced in 1997 as an alternative for customers who wanted the performance and versatility of the Outback, which continues to be Subaru's most popular model, in a smaller package. Like its larger sibling, it came with a 2.5-liter boxer engine as standard, along with a Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system and 7.5 inches of ground clearance.
22 years later, the Forester is still proving to be a strong seller for Subaru. Starting at $24,295, the 2019 Forester is offered in five trim levels and comes with Subaru's EyeSight Driver Assist Technology, LED low and high beam headlights, and 17-inch wheels as standard. Subaru's Starlink infotainment package is also offered as standard, which includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, power windows, door locks, and side mirrors, remote keyless entry, and tire pressure monitoring.
Regardless of the trim, every 2019 Forester is powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, which produces 182 hp and 176 lb-ft of torque and is paired with a continuously variable transmission that sends power to a standard all-wheel drive system.
Earlier this month, Subaru of America reported its 91st consecutive month of year-over-year sales increases, which included the 71st consecutive month of more than 10,000 Foresters sold. "Subaru has achieved 11 consecutive years of sales growth in the United States with Forester as a key driver of that success," said Thomas J. Doll, President and CEO of Subaru of America. "Accomplishing this milestone reflects our commitment to providing customers with vehicles made to the highest standards of safety, capability and reliability."