Subaru Impreza is named 2016-2017 Car of the Year Japan

Article by Christian A., on December 14, 2016

Subaru Impreza is a car that has been remarkable and stunning with both its looks and performance. This was recently confirmed when the 2017 Subaru Impreza hogged the limelight by winning the prestigious Car of the Year Japan for the year 2016-2017.

This was the decision of a large panel of personalities in the Japanese motoring world, consisting of journalists, industry experts and racing drivers. Nominees for the 2016–2017 Car of the Year Japan Awards include all passenger cars that were officially announced or launched in Japan between November 1, 2015, and October 31, 2016. These passenger cars should have minimum projected sales of 500 units. The Awards also include the Import Car of the Year accolade, with further prizes handed out in the Innovation, Emotional, and Small Mobility categories. Subaru was last awarded with the Car of the Year Japan honor in 2003, courtesy of its Subaru Legacy sedan.

The 2017 Subaru Impreza is underpinned by the brand’s new Global Platform architecture that allows the car to have high levels of agility, driving pleasure, ride comfort and crash protection. Like its predecessors, the 2017 Impreza comes with the Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive that aids with the vehicle’s traction and driving agility. Moreover, the 2017 Subaru Impreza marks the debut of Subaru’s new design language that provides the car with a more sculptural body. The model is also provided with hawk-eye headlights and Subaru’s signature hexagonal grille. Its athletic stance is highlighted by flowing lines and the car’s outstanding wheel arches.

In addition, the 2017 Subaru Impreza comes with new features that include High Beam Assist and Steering Responsive Headlights. Standard safety equipment includes the driver’s knee airbag, side curtain airbags, and front seat side impact airbags. It is also provided with a standard rear vision camera. Interestingly, the 2017 Impreza, was named Top Safety Pick+ and IIHS Top Safety Pick, particularly when equipped with the EyeSight Driver Assist Technology.

Depending on the package selected by the customer, the 2017 Subaru Impreza could be loaded with Automatic Collision Notification, Enhanced Roadside Assistance, Maintenance Notifications, Monthly Vehicle Health Report and Diagnostic Alerts, Remote Horn and Lights and Remote Vehicle Locator, Remote Lock/Unlock, SOS Emergency Assistance, Stolen Vehicle Recovery Service, and Vehicle Security Alarm Notification.

The North American version of the Impreza – available either as a sedan or a five-door model – is powered by a FB Boxer 4-cylinder 2.0-liter engine with direct fuel injection, resulting in an increased output of 152 hp as well as 145 pound-feet of torque. Available transmissions include a five-speed manual gearbox and a Lineart

Press Release

All-New Subaru Impreza Wins 2016–2017 Car of the Year Japan

Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. (FHI), the manufacturer of Subaru automobiles, is pleased to announce that the all-new Subaru Impreza has been named 2016–2017 Car of the Year Japan. This is the second time Subaru has been awarded the honor, following the Legacy’s win in 2003.

Based on the Subaru Global Platform, the all-new Subaru Impreza aims to offer the utmost “Enjoyment and Peace of Mind” driving experience to all drivers and passengers, with an array of new technologies that greatly enhance all-around safety as well as dynamic and static quality feel. It is the first car ever produced by a Japanese brand to include a pedestrian protection airbag as standard*.
In about a month since its launch on October 13 in Japan, the new Impreza outsold its monthly sales target of 2,500 units by more than fourfold, with 11,050 orders. Demand from customers switching from other brands has been especially notable, representing 51% of all orders and indicating that new Impreza is attracting an ever-wider range of customers in Japan.

“It is a great honor that the Impreza has been recognized with this distinctive award,” said Yasuyuki Yoshinaga, president and CEO of FHI. “I would like to thank our customers, suppliers and shareholders for their continued support for Subaru and I am grateful to all those who contributed to this achievement. We will continue to enhance our efforts to offer an ‘enjoyment and peace of mind’ driving experience to all customers.”

2016–2017 Car of the Year Japan Awards
Passenger cars officially announced or launched in Japan between November 1, 2015, and October 31, 2016, with projected sales of at least 500 units are eligible. In addition to the Car of the Year Japan and Import Car of the Year prizes, awards are granted in the Innovation, Emotional, and Small Mobility categories.

* Japanese specifications

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