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No Longer Impressed By Impreza

No Longer Impressed By Impreza

With a sense of loss to real car enthusiasts, Subaru have confirmed that they are dropping the Impreza model and the high performance WRX-STI version (pictured – now identified separately from the other derivation) in the UK. Although the Japanese and the Americans love these cars and buy them in droves we don’t have the same affection for them. This is undoubtedly not so much because of a lack of ardour for them but rather – being old school – they are becoming simply too expensive to insure and run. Our American cousins may complain about the cost of petrol in the USA but frankly they have no idea, do they? We should be so lucky.

In their earlier incarnations they excelled on the rally circuit, especially in the hands of the late, great Colin McRae. At one time they dominated the scene but as rules changed and cars became more technical and fuel efficient so the Subaru’s dropped out of favour. Nevertheless, they are still out there in the hands of privateers on the world rally circus.

The company have been evaluating the new Impreza in Britain but they have failed to realise any demand so it won’t be coming here. Fans of these cars should buy now whilst stocks last, as they say. The sad truth is that these performance cars can no longer compete with modern opposition like the VW Golf R and the Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X, especially in terms of design and emissions. Obviously the dealers will still maintain all servicing schedules and parts supply as you would expect well into the future.

Subaru are looking to the future and are pinning their UK hopes on the brilliant new sports car, the BRZ and the recently released and rather good crossover called the XV (featured a while ago on Motor Blogger). There are also new versions of the sturdy Forester and Outback SUV’s. There is no confirmation of the fate of the ageing Legacy which continues for the moment but seems to be under threat.

Subaru have a small if firm following in Great Britain. Their vehicles are seen to be reliable with a tried and tested four-wheel drive system. They are especially beloved of people who like to ferry Labrador dogs across fields. Unfortunately time moves on and nostalgia not being what it used to be, the public has moved on with it. Hopefully this refreshed look to the range will bring them fully back into focus.

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