Subaru Forester (2016 North American model)

Subaru FHI achieves 22.5% increase in exports for record-high figures in February

Fuji Heavy Industries announced its results of production, domestic sales and exports for February 2016. According to these results, global production increased 6.5% from the previous year to 83,692 units, resulting in a surplus for the fourth consecutive month and a record-high for the month of February.

Despite a downfall for the Legacy/Outback, domestic production grew for the second straight month as it climbed 4.4% yoy to 61,195 units led by the Impreza/XV and Forester. Meanwhile, with the continued success of the Legacy/Outback in North America, overseas production increased 12.4% to 22,497 units, recording a surplus for the fourth month in a row. For February, it was the highest production ever recorded for both domestic and overseas.

Domestic sales fell for the third straight month as it dropped 11.7% to 14,785 units. Despite the continued success of the updated Forester, sales of passenger cars declined for the first time in two months, falling 8.6% to 11,651 units due to less demand for the Legacy and Levorg. Sales of mini cars declined for the sixth month in a row as it fell 21.6% to 3,134 units with a significant drop in demand for the Stella.

Exports increased 22.5% to 52,366 units, resulting in its first surplus in two months and a record-high for February. Through successful sales in North America, Europe, Australia, China and other markets, exports exceeded its numbers from the previous year in almost every market.