Subaru Axes WRX, Impreza From British Lineup, Report Says

December 15, 2012
Subaru WRX Hatchback Left Front
If you're a gearhead and a Subaru enthusiast, two of the names that arouse the most interest, aside from the recently-launched BRZ rear-drive sport coupe, are Impreza and WRX. Sadly, for customers in the United Kingdom, those models will no longer be available in the coming year. Autoexpress is reporting Subaru's UK dealers will sell down remaining inventory, and will not bring the new Impreza, which recently when on-sale in Japan and the U.S. to the UK market in 2013.
Although not altogether shocking considering the niche status of the WRX relative to the broader Subaru Impreza lineup, as well as it being a generation older than the new Impreza, the C-segment class is one of the largest in Britain and Europe, so the Impreza's absence moving forward is surprising.
The company says it will focus on the XV, Forester and Outback models moving forward, and has added the BRZ to its UK lineup to have a performance-oriented model in the lineup. The XV, sold as the XV CrossTrek in the U.S., is closely-related to the Impreza, so Subaru will continue to have a C-segment sized model in its British product portfolio.
Also facing an uncertain future is the Legacy D-segment sedan, which a spokesperson said "could not confirm what happens to the Legacy after 2013."
Source: Autoexpress


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