Bangkok, 1 April 2020 – TC Subaru (Thailand) Co., Ltd., the exclusive distributor of Subaru vehicles in Thailand, is proud to launch the new Subaru Forester GT Edition. The special edition Forester is the second GT Edition model in the Kingdom – the first being the XV GT Edition – created in close collaboration with renowned engineering company Giken Co. Ltd and Mr Masahiko “Jack” Kobayashi.
Giken is an award-winning engineering company founded in 1964. Holding numerous patents in Japan, South Korea and the United States, it has established itself as an industry leader in the design and manufacturing of technological and material handling systems. Giken is a global supplier of aero-parts and other passenger car components to Subaru and other major Japanese car brands.
Mr Kobayashi was formerly Chief Designer (Head of Global Advanced Design Studio) at Subaru Corporation and was responsible for the exterior design of more than 12 Subaru production models, including the legendary WRX STI.
He originally trained and practiced as a fashion designer in Tokyo before graduating with a degree in Transportation Design. In his 25-year career with Subaru, he was known as the ‘hit maker’, after designing numerous successful models, including the original Outback, which was the world’s first sports utility wagon, several generations of the Legacy and Impreza, the current WRX and WRX STI sports saloons, the Levorg sports tourer and the first-generation XV. He is now an independent designer.
Tailored specifically with Motor Image’s in-depth understanding of the market, Mr Kobayashi’s expertise, as well as Giken’s experience, the Forester GT Edition is expected to be a game-changer for Subaru in Thailand.
The special GT Edition aero kit has five well-made and integrated elements, which give the rugged yet refined Forester a sleeker and even sportier look:
These are complemented by a set of 18-inch bespoke alloy wheels. The Forester GT Edition also boasts its own dual-colour seat-leather design. Completing the equipment package is a new 8-inch Display Audio System with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, and a Superview Around Recognition 360 System (360° around-view monitor system), which enables drivers to park and manoeuvre with ease.
“I am proud to introduce the Forester GT Edition to Thailand. It is specially made for those who want to stand out from the crowd and defy convention. This is an example of how we are constantly offering more choices for our customers. We will continue to excite the market and drive product interest, and look forward to making this year more exciting,” said Mr Tawan Khamrit, General Manager, TC Subaru (Thailand) Co., Ltd.
An extraordinary SUV that does it all, the Forester comes with the four hallmark Subaru Core Technologies – Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, Boxer Engine, Subaru Global Platform and EyeSight Driver Assist Technology – all of which contribute to more than 100 safety features.
The fifth-generation Forester won the 2019 Grand Prix Award for earning the highest score in the Japan New Car Assessment Programme (JNCAP) collision safety performance assessment conducted by the government of Japan. The Forester also received the Advanced Safety Vehicle Triple Plus (ASV+++) rating, the highest rating in the 2018-2019 JNCAP preventive safety performance.
In 2020, the extraordinary SUV, when equipped with EyeSight Driver Assist Technology, picked up the TOP SAFETY PICK+ (TSP+) award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). This achievement is a testament to Subaru’s obsession and commitment to all-around safety.
The Subaru Forester GT Edition is offered in seven colours – Crystal White Pearl, Ice Silver Metallic, Jasper Green Metallic, Horizon Blue Pearl, Sepia Bronze Metallic, Dark Grey Metallic and Crystal Black Silica.
Check out the Forester GT Edition at all Subaru showrooms nationwide from April. For more information, please call 02 725 1888 or visit https://www.subaru.asia/th.