Another record sales month. Wayne Gerdes – CleanMPG – Feb. 1, 2017 2018 Subaru Legacy – Pricing and EPA TBA. It is scheduled for reveal at the 2017 Chicago Auto Show next week. Subaru will debut the 2018 Legacy midsize sedan at the 2017 Chicago Auto Show in early February. The new Legacy features revised styling and significant upgrades to comfort, safety, and multimedia capability. In addition to major changes, myriad smaller engineering and design details throughout the 2018 Legacy enhance the driving experience. The 2018 Subaru Legacy will go on sale this summer. The 2018 Legacy is available in a 2.5i model with an efficient and responsive 175-hp 2.5L I4 BOXER engine or as a very inefficient Legacy 3.6R with a 256 hp 3.6L V6. Both engines are mated to a CVT with manual mode and paddle shifters. The 2.5i will be available in Standard, Premium, Limited, and Sport trims. 2018 Subaru Legacy Exterior For 2018, the Legacy will feature an optional Steering Responsive Headlamps (SRH). Available in conjunction with LED headlights, SRH aims the lights into turns as the driver steers. Also for 2018, Limited models with EyeSight utilize the systems’ cameras for High Beam Assist, which automatically turn the high beams on and off depending on traffic conditions. The 2018 Legacy will be equipped with the brands latest Starlink multimedia system including BT, iPod <-- Who the hell uses those anymore??? - control, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The top-level system includes TomTom navigation with 3 years of free map updates. Poor choice of SW solution but … Two USB power ports are added to the back of the center console for rear seat passengers’ convenience. A standard Starlink 6.5” Multimedia system and an available Starlink 8.0” system debuts. The use of two microphones and Technology by Nuance is said to significantly improve the voice recognition capabilities. The driver can more easily use Apple Siri or OK Google voice commands. The system is also compatible with multiple languages. 2018 Subaru Legacy Interior Apps added for 2018 include: Magellan NAVI offers advanced cloud-based mapping eBird advises of local bird sightings and locations Best Parking locates and compares parking rates YELP delivers crowd sourced reviews of businesses Glympse provides real-time location sharing RightTrack monitors driving habits and recommends improvements Quick Guide is a digital reference guide for the vehicle eventseeker provides information on local events The new Legacy Starlink Multimedia systems are also compatible with OTA (Over the Air) updates using WiFi. 2018 Subaru Legacy Safety – EyeSight The Subaru Legacy for 2018 will include Reverse Automatic Braking (RAB) and the aforementioned Steering Responsive Headlight (SRH) system. RAB can detect objects in vehicle’s path and convey audible warnings to the driver, including showing distance and position of the object in the center display screen. Also new for 2018, the tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) now detects pressure changes at each tire. The Blind Spot Detection/Rear Cross Traffic Alert indicator lamp is larger and has been moved from the mirror surface to the side of the mirror. In highline trims, redesigned LED turn signals in the mirrors are easier for other drivers to see. All Legacy trim lines come standard with a rear-view camera. New for 2018, when reversing, the guidelines displayed on the screen move in sync with the steering to provide more accurate vehicle positioning. The brand’s available award-winning EyeSight Driver Assist Technology, available on most trims, includes Adaptive Cruise Control, Pre-Collision Braking, Vehicle Lane Departure Warning and Lane Keep Assist. Models with EyeSight also come with Blind Spot Detection/Rear Cross Traffic Alert, which includes Lane Change Assist. For 2018, all Legacy models are equipped with Incline Start Assist and the electronic Hill Holder System that holds the vehicle in place until the driver applies the throttle. Subaru January 2017 Sales Overview Subaru reported it sold 43,879 vehicles in January, up 6.8 percent over the 41,101 sold in January of 2016. This was Subaru’s best U.S. January sales result in history. It was also the 35th consecutive month of 40,000+ vehicle sales and 62nd consecutive time of month over month sales for the company. Subaru January 2017 Sales Highlights Both the Outback and Forester achieved their best January sales in company history. The Outback experienced sales of 13,186 vehicles, up 17.8 percent over the 11,197 sold in January of 2016. It was also the 35th consecutive months of more than 10,000 Outbacks sold. The Forester experienced sales of 12,853 vehicles, up 8.0 percent over the 11,904 sold in January of 2016. It was the 42nd consecutive month of more than 10,000 Foresters sold. The number one tidbit in the January segment sales reports is that the Ford Fusion Hybrid outsold the Prius liftback for the first time in history. I believe this is the first time the Prius Liftback has been surpassed since the Gen 2 was released back in late 2003! U.S. January 2017 Sales vs. January 2016 Sales Ranks and Results for the top 18 Automobile Manufacturers GM January 2017 Sales Down 3.8% with 195,909 Vehicles sold Ford January 2017 Sales Down 0.6% with 172,612 Vehicles sold FCA January 2017 Sales Down 11.2% with 152,218 Vehicles sold Toyota January 2017 Sales Down 11.3% with 143,048 Vehicles sold Nissan January 2017 Sales Up 6.2% with 112,319 Vehicles sold Honda January 2017 Sales Up 5.9% with 106,380 Vehicles sold Hyundai January 2017 Sales Up 3.3% with 46,507 Vehicles sold Subaru January 2017 Sales Up 6.8% with 43,879 Vehicles sold Kia January 2017 Sales Down 7.0% with 35,626 Vehicles sold Mercedes-Benz January 2017 Sales Up 3.5% with 27,900 Vehicles sold VW January 2017 Sales Up 17.1% with 23,510 Vehicles sold Mazda January 2017 Sales Up 10.1% with 21,698 Vehicles sold BMW January 2017 Sales Down 0.5% with 21,219 Vehicles sold Audi January 2017 Sales Up 11.4% with 13,201 Vehicles sold Jaguar/Land Rover January 2017 Sales Up 29.9% with 9,102 Vehicles sold Mitsubishi January 2017 Sales Up 3.1% with 6,457 Vehicles sold Porsche January 2017 Sales Up 5.7% with 4,602 Vehicles sold Volvo January 2017 Sales Down 18.2% with 3,472 Vehicles sold The seasonally adjusted annual selling rate (SAAR) for light vehicles was approximately 17.6 million vehicles.