Subaru of America (SOA) is claiming a record year-end total of 185,944 sales for 2001, up eight percent on 2000. The previous sales record of 183,242 was reached as far back as 1986.

The US-built Legacy was the top-seller in 2001 with 95,291 units. The Outback sold 70,625 units, up on last year’s 68,902, and the redesigned Impreza set a new record at 35,612, up 85 percent on 2000, thanks to the launch of a sporty WRX version (18,060 shifted since March) previously denied to US buyers.

The box-shaped Forester sold 55,041.

In December, Subaru sold 15,926 cars, up 8% on the same month in 2000. The Legacy again led with 8,005 sales and the Outback accounted for 5,958. Forester sales were 4,569 in December, up
two percent, while the Impreza total reached 3,352, up 128 percent on December 2000.