It took a lot longer for the Subaru Outback to reach the one million sales milestone in the US.
Despite America's love affair with conventional crossovers, the popularity of the Subaru Outback wagon is showing no signs of slowing down in the US. The Japanese automaker has just announced it has sold the two millionth Outback in America, cementing it as the most popular model in the automaker’s lineup. Impressively, annual sales growth has allowed Subaru to achieve this milestone in a third of the time it took to sell the first million Outbacks from 1995 to 2011.
“Subaru has achieved 10 consecutive years of sales growth in the United States with Outback as a key driver of that success,” said Thomas J. Doll, chief executive officer at Subaru of America. “Accomplishing this milestone reflects our commitment to providing customers with vehicles made to the highest standards of safety, reliability and dependability.” Dubbed as the “world’s first sport utility wagon,” the Outback is the automaker’s flagship model. Initially, it was a variant of the 1995 Legacy wagon before becoming a standalone model, combining car-like handling with SUV-like durability.
Essentially, it was a station wagon with SUV features, so you could argue it was a very early example of what we now know as the crossover. The two millionth Outback was sold at Subaru Pacific in Hawthorne, CA. Its new owner, Andrew Simpson, was greeted by top Subaru executives who presented the customer with several gifts and a charitable donation to the Grades of Green program on Simpson’s behalf. Currently in its fifth generation and built in Lafayette, Indiana, the 2018 Subaru Outback is available with either a 2.5-liter inline-four producing 175 horsepower and 174 lb-ft of torque, or a more powerful 3.6-liter six-cylinder engine good for 256 hp and 247 lb-ft of torque.