Subaru Forester quadruples production expectations

December 24, 2012 12:00 AM

Subaru's 2014 Forester has only been on sale in Japan for a little more than a month, but it already more than quadrupled its expected sales for that time.

The original expectation for the vehicle was a modest 2,000 vehicles sold, but in the time since its release, more than 8,100 customers have ordered the car, AutoBlog reports. While it's still too early to tell if the success of the automobile in Japan will mirror its popularity in the U.S., some the amenities included in the advanced packages, as well as the vehicle maintenance that has improved some of the accessories, should make it attractive to drivers.

In particular, the Japanese market seemed to like the new system known as EyeSight. More than 86 percent of buyers went for the safety feature, which boasts safety and accident avoidance technology like lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control and collision mitigation, Motor Trend reports. EyeSight will likely not be as popular in America as it was in Japan, but between 5 and 10 percent of buyers are expected to go for its package. Some of the available safety tools have already debuted in the 2013 Legacy and Outback, giving American drivers a taste of the features. 

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