JAKARTA, 19 SEPTEMBER 2013 – Motor Image, the exclusive distributor of Subaru vehicles in the Asia region, officially launched the all-new Forester in Indonesia today. The fourth-generation Forester delivers enhanced user-friendliness, comfort and fun-to-drive character through improved driving performance and ride quality.
The all-new Forester features:
• Superior driving performance and ride quality powered by the new-generation Boxer engine combined with Lineartronic transmission
• X-MODE, a new All-Wheel Drive control system
• Excellent fuel efficiency and safety performance
• A redesigned cabin with spacious cargo space and a new power-lift tailgate operated by push-button
• A new Direct Injection Turbo engine
The Subaru Forester 2.0XT modelfeatures Subaru’s Horizontally-Opposed Direct Injection Turbo (DIT) engine. Combined with the brand’s high-torque, responsive Lineartronic transmission, the Boxer engine ensures that the vehicle delivers a more dynamic and enjoyable driving experience with increased mid-to-low range torque and smoother acceleration. Environmentally friendly technologies are also designed to reduce friction and improve combustion efficiency, achieving superior fuel efficiency.
At the core of the Forester is Subaru’s unique Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive technology (AWD) that provides a sense of stability and allows for quick response to challenging road conditions. Enhancing the AWD’s ability is anewly developed X-mode control system that is designed for any driver to easily navigate on tough roads, handle slippery surfaces or steep hills with just one switch.
Mr Glenn Tan, President Director of PT. TC. Subaru said: “The all-new Forester reinforces its reputation as an icon of dependability and versatility. Its outstanding performance and practicality is backed by improvements in fuel efficiency, safety, and a new level of premium comfort.”
“The dynamic combination of the new Direct Injection Turbo Boxer engine together with core Subaru technologies, such as the AWD system, Lineartronic transmission and environmentally-friendly capabilities through improved fuel efficiency, makes the new Forester an excellent value statement. With the growing demand for SUVs in Indonesia, I’m confident that the all-new Forester, together with the Subaru XV, will prove to be popular choices for discerning consumers looking for enjoyment, performance and safety,” Mr Tan added.
The new Forester also comes with SI-DRIVE, an added feature to significantly enhance drivability. The Forester 2.0XT provides options of “Intelligent”, “Sports” and “S# (Sports sharp)” modes that allow the driver to easily switch between varying levels of responsiveness and fuel efficiency.
Superior crash safety performance has been achieved with the all-new Forester, thanks to the specially designed body made with high tensile steel that reduces the vehicle’s weight while retaining high rigidity.
From a design and comfort viewpoint, the new Forester is larger and roomier than its predecessors with a redesigned cabin. A wide field of view for all seats and spacious visibility for stress-free driving have also been achieved in the redesign. Drivers will also get more convenience on-the-go with expanded cargo space and a new power-lift tailgate operated by push-button, a first for Subaru.
The naturally aspirated variant of the all-new Subaru Forester will also be made available at a later date in 2013.
PT. TC. Subaru currently has showrooms located across Indonesia – Pondok Indah, KelapaGading, Batam, Surabaya, Bali, AlamSutera, Pluit, Medan, Pekanbaru, Semarang, Bandung, Solo and Yogyakarta. For more information, visit www.motorimage.net.
About Tan Chong International
Tan Chong International (HKSE:0693) is listed on the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong and is a major motor, property and distribution company with operations in Singapore, Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam. Since its inception in 1957, the Group has grown its assets substantially through continuous expansion of its existing diversified business portfolio in manufacturing, distribution and retail.
About Motor Image
Motor Image is the authorised distributor of Subaru automobiles in Singapore. Established in 1986 and headquartered in Singapore, the company has since set up vehicle sales and distribution networks in Cambodia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Southern China, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam. Motor Image is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hong Kong-listed Tan Chong International Limited (TCIL), which has partnered with Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. for the local assembly of Subaru vehicles in Malaysia. Signed in July 2011, the agreement leverages Tan Chong’s existing assembly facilities for production of Subaru cars for marketing and distribution in Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia. This new development is part of Motor Image’s growth strategy which identifies ASEAN as the key engine of the Group’s future growth. The Group aims to expand its sales network in Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand. Other businesses that TCIL engage in across Asia include automotive, commercial, manufacturing, trading and property investment businesses across Asia. www.motorimage.net/MIG/home/
Based in Japan, Subaru is the automotive division of Fuji Heavy Industries (FHI), a comprehensive, multifaceted transport equipment manufacturer that develops a wide range of innovative products such as automobiles, aerospace, bus-manufacturing, house-prefabricating, industrial products and ecology systems.
Founded in 1955, Subaru has since grown to become one of the world’s leading carmakers. In 1972, Subaru became the first in the world to market an All-Wheel Drive (AWD) passenger car and pioneered the market in Japan for high-performance station wagons by combining a turbo-charged engine with an AWD system. Subaru has improved and refined its AWD system, to create a symmetrical AWD system that enables optimal driving pleasure and safety.
Subaru is well-known by motoring organizations worldwide for its engineering, design, functionality, safety and reliability. The Subaru range of vehicles includes the BRZ, Exiga, Forester, Impreza, Legacy, Outback, Tribeca and XV. Collectively, they have been known to be “driver’s cars” offering superb handling because of the core technologies, such as the Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive and Subaru Boxer, built into every model. www.subaru-global.com.