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Old 17 Dec 2012, 01:44 PM   #1 (permalink)
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the end for the impreza?

Just saw this on pistonheads...
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Old 17 Dec 2012, 02:37 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Re: the end for the impreza?

From reading a few articles on the subject it appears that after current stock runs out of the Impreza, including the WRX STi models, no further stock will be imported by Subaru UK.

They expect stocks to run out mid-2013.
Customers will have to go through importers such as Litchfield...

I wonder then if the used prices of Imprezas will hold better or even go up?
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Old 17 Dec 2012, 02:43 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Re: the end for the impreza?

yeah uk only being stopped, litcho's will be rubbing there hands together.

classics are holding there value now, decent ones are going up a touch, prob only a few hundred compared to 6 months ago, but def headed that way.
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Old 20 Dec 2012, 09:49 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Re: the end for the impreza?

now watch the import prices rocket and the uk spce motors prices become even more cocked up than they currently are..
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Old 20 Dec 2012, 01:00 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Re: the end for the impreza?

I'm not so sure.
If you look at the impreza sales over the past few years they are now almost down to zero.
Combined stats (53 models) IMPREZA - How Many Left?

From over 6,500 new registrations of the impreza in 2003, to under 200 in 2011, and now just over 50 in 2012 - there's barely enough sales for the importers.
And that's combined stats for all Impreza models.


figures for the STi are even worse:
SUBARU IMPREZA WRX STI - How Many Left?

There are many more classic impreza's registered than newage, so I think the newage ones will hold their value better and the classics will gradually drop in numbers, then we'll eventually see a small number of newage impreza's running around - but not many.

But thats just my opinion, who knows what will happen.

Maybe it's all just a marketing ploy by Subaru to get people talking, and drum up more interest in the Impreza.
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Re: the end for the impreza?

those figures sound totaly cocked up, no way did subaru only sell 193 cars in 2011, there's 67 dealers, none of them would still be in business if they only sold 3 cars each.
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Re: the end for the impreza?

yeah the figures are def off,

SUBARU IMPREZA SERIES MCRAE - How Many Left?

108 was the peak, so the first year 92 were never regestered? lol
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Re: the end for the impreza?

Subaru are just reverting back to what it was like in the late 80 and early 90s,
farmers will be buying them again soon and all will be happy with the world.
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Old 20 Dec 2012, 06:36 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Re: the end for the impreza?

Tidgy I think you might be misreading the data. 5000 New subarus were registered in 2011. The figures I pasted were for models registered as impreza only. There aren't many subaru dealers who only sell imprezas. And most have more than one manufacturers franchise under their roof.
The figures are straight from the government database but admittedly there are inaccuracies in the model variations recorded but either way you look at it the sales of Subaru's and more specifically the impreza range are very very low and it's perhaps not surprising they are pulling the impreza.
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Re: the end for the impreza?

thought it said all models of impreza?
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Old 31 Dec 2012, 12:38 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Re: the end for the impreza?

I've not got any numbers to back this view up, but I reckon Mitsubishi got it right, well more right than Subaru. Switching from 2l to 2.5l knocked the WRX in the much higher tax bracket. That was a mistake. Introducing bread and butter models to compete with the Golf and Focus might have worked, but unlike the lancer, Subaru stuck 4wd on everthing. That means extra weight and drag, and crap mpg, which the average joe focuses on. Way back in the 70s there was an Alfasud. A boxer engine FWD go cart. Yes they did rust to pieces but it was a fun car. I think they should have followed the Mitsubishi route, and left the 4wd for the top spec car. I see plenty of low spec Lancers running around.

Just read the other story. I note that the Evo has also gone. mmm. I think that Classic car status is now guaranteed.
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Old 09 May 2013, 05:12 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Re: the end for the impreza?

Well I've just bought a brand new classic lol.
It gets delivered next week so I can look forward to it costing me a tenner to get to the shops and back.
Oh happy days I can't wait
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