The Subaru Legacy is abutting the end of the alley as it becomes the best contempo blow falling to the ever-growing acceptance of SUV models.
Subaru New Zealand has accepted the Legacy auto will no best be allotment of its archetypal ambit from 2021, bringing to a abutting a affiliate in its history dating from 1989 back the Legacy nameplate abolished the Leone.
The Legacy is no best awash in Japan and the latest – seventh bearing – archetypal is congenital in Indiana for the United States and Canada markets.
This is an old Subaru NZ columnist pic of Possum Bourne and Rodger Freeth, 1991 New Zealand Assemblage Champions antagonism a Subaru Legacy.
There is little abruptness in Subaru’s accommodation not to acquaint the seventh bearing Legacy to the Kiwi market. Average and ample cars already provided a amount addition to the New Zealand car bazaar but accept dwindled to become alcove segments in contempo years.
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Models such as the Holden Commodore as able-bodied as the Malibu, Ford Falcon, Toyota Avalon, Mitsubishi 380/Diamante and Galant, Honda Accord, Nissan Primera, Maxima and Altima, Kia Optima, Hyundai i40 and Sonata accept all ancient from the market.
The Toyota Camry – mainly in amalgam agreement – forth with the Mazda6, Skoda Octavia and Superb, Kia Stinger and Ford Mondeo Amalgam abide as boilerplate average and ample car choices.
The Legacy has been a allotment of Subaru’s ancestors back 1989, added than 30 years of production.
Sales volumes are put in ambience by the booming average SUV articulation which in the aboriginal eight months of 2020 delivered 15,595 registrations (20 per cent bazaar share). Ample SUVs contributed a added 7118 registrations (9 per cent share) of the New Zealand new agent market.
Medium cars accept accounted for alone 1376 registrations so far this year and ample cars aloof 789 registrations.
A prime account for the annihilation of the Legacy is begin aural Subaru’s own exhibit line-up. In 1994, the cast developed the raised-height, SUV-style Outback from the second-generation Legacy wagon and the Outback’s acceptance has connected to rise.
Legacy sales totalled 64 units in New Zealand aftermost year, compared with Outback’s sales of 1322.
Subaru of New Zealand managing administrator Wallis Dumper recalled Legacy’s celebrity days, back it was the country’s best-seller.
It is not absolutely goodbye though. The Legacy will abide to be congenital for the North American market.
“Whilst the Toyota Corolla was top of the new car sales overall, Legacy was New Zealand’s cardinal one affairs acclimated agent acknowledgment to the massive imports ratio,’’ Dumper said.
“For Subaru in New Zealand this was important as we knew bodies admired the cast and the car. Legacy developed a bulletproof reputation, so it was a accustomed progression to adviser barter from a acclimated Legacy to a new Subaru, as time went on,” Dumper said.
Legacy’s cachet in Kiwi motoring history was acute back Scottish active fable Colin McRae, at the caster of the Group A RS model, denticulate Subaru’s first-ever Apple Assemblage Championship annular win at the Assemblage of New Zealand in 1993.
“Whilst best Kiwis apparently accessory Subaru’s celebrated WRX archetypal as actuality alike with acceptable assemblage championships, the absoluteness is that Colin’s success in the Legacy again aggressive Subaru to access the WRX and become apple champions three times over in 1995, 2001 and 2003,” Dumper said.
The Legacy additionally starred in the New Zealand Assemblage Championship with the backward Possum Bourne acceptable the 1991 appellation in a Legacy and Joe McAndrew additionally claiming his 1993 and 1994 victories active a Legacy.
When accumulation of the accepted Legacy 2.5i Premium and 3.6RS models ends from abutting year, Subaru’s ambit of “traditional car’’ models will be the Impreza hatchback, Levorg wagon and the aerial achievement WRX and WRX STI models. They will advertise alongside the XV, Forester and Outback SUV models that accommodate by far the majority of sales.
Subaru New Zealand’s abutting above new artefact barrage will be the sixth bearing Outback which is accepted to ability New Zealand in 2021.