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Subaru Impreza Scores Five Stars

31 AUGUST, 2007

Subaru's new Impreza has gained a five-star rating from the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) - Australasia's leading vehicle safety advocate.

ANCAP Victorian partners, RACV, VicRoads and the TAC, today announced the five-star rating for the new model Impreza, congratulating Subaru on providing a complete five-star fleet for the Australian market.

"We are pleased to see more manufacturers providing the latest safety technologies. This result for the new Impreza model demonstrates Subaru's commitment to improving vehicle safety and is great news for car buyers," the ANCAP partners said.

The Impreza also scored a four-star pedestrian impact test rating - the maximum available for pedestrian protection. It is the first vehicle to be awarded a maximum pedestrian rating under ANCAP testing, demonstrating the injury risk to pedestrians and other vulnerable road users can be reduced.

The new Impreza provides a wide range of latest safety technologies, including Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and head-protecting side airbags for driver and passengers.

In ANCAP's frontal impact crash test at 64km/h, the Impreza compartment proved to be very strong, reducing potential for injury to occupants in real-world crashes. The Impreza also achieved high scores in separate side impact and side-pole crash tests.

ANCAP crash-tests new vehicles, awards them a comparative star rating and publicises results to inform consumers about occupant-protection performance of new vehicles.

ANCAP is supported by all Australian and New Zealand motoring clubs, all Australian state governments, the New Zealand government and the FIA Foundation.

For a full list of ANCAP's vehicle safety ratings and other vehicle safety information, go to www.ancap.com.au

Contact:          RACV             Denis Brown              9790 2572

                      TAC                Anna Chalko              9664 6862

                      VicRoads        Kerilyn Wyatt             9854 2303


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