The new Subaru Forester—of Japanese market specification—won the 2018-2019 Grand Prix Award, earning the highest score in the Japan New Car Assessment Program (JNCAP) collision safety performance assessment. The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport, and Tourism (MLIT) and the National Agency for Automotive Safety and Victim’s Aid (NASVA) conducted the assessment.
It is the second time Subaru has won the Grand Prix Award following Grand Prix Award victories for Impreza and SUBARU XC in the 2016-2017 assessment.
The new Forester utilizes the Subaru Global Platform. It’s architecture used in Subaru vechiles, which enhances passenger protection with improved energy absorption. In addition to optimized body structure and layout of high-tensile steels, Forester improved passenger protection for frontal, side, and rear-end impact with minimal weight increase.
Furthermore, the Forester employs pedestrian protection airbag as standard equipment. A pressure sensor within the front bumper will determine whether or not the vehicle has figured in a collision, and the airbag covers the wipers and the bottom of the front pillars once the collision is detected. This is to reduce impact on the pedestrian’s head.
Subaru will continue to build technology under its “all-around safety” principle, which emphasizes enjoyment and peace of mind for both drivers and passengers. The company aims to significantly reduce traffic accident deaths by 2030.