Singapore, 9 January 2020 – Motor Image, the exclusive distributor of Subaru vehicles in Singapore, is proud to launch the new Subaru Forester GT Edition at the Singapore Motorshow 2020. The special edition Forester is the second GT Edition model in Singapore by Motor Image – the first being the XV GT Edition – created in close collaboration with renowned engineering company Giken Co. Ltd and Mr Masahiko “Jack” Kobayashi.
Mr Kobayashi is the former 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.
The special GT Edition aero kit has four 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. It also boasts its own seat-leather design inspired by the cabins of high-performance grand tourers from Germany and Britain. Completing the equipment package of the Forester GT Edition is a new 8-inch Display Audio System with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, and a 360° Around View Monitor (AVM) system, which enables drivers to park and manoeuvre with ease.
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 Asia.
An extraordinary SUV that does it all, the Forester GT Edition comes with the four hallmark Subaru Core Technologies – Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, Boxer Engine, Subaru Global Platform and EyeSight Driver Assist Technology.
Mr Kobayashi originally trained and practised 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.
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.