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Grip : GRIP September 2012
SAFETY GRIP SUBARU SAFETY IN SPOTLIGHT SYDNEY Master Jeweller, Alan Gray, wasn’t particularly aware of his Subaru Outback’s safety features as he cruised north on the Hume highway near Mittagong, NSW, recently. Keen skiers, Alan and his wife, Cecilia, were in relaxed mode on their way back from the snow together with friend Richard when their car left the road at 110 km/h in spectacular fashion, mowing down small trees before hitting a larger tree, rolling and spinning. Other than bruising, all three occupants walked away uninjured, leaving them feeling incredibly lucky to be alive – and incredibly grateful to Subaru’s designers and engineers. The couple’s 2009 Outback was a write-off, but such was their gratitude towards Subaru and the product that they contacted the company wanting to share their story. Alan said: “We went off the road after what appears to have been a nanosecond of lost concentration. “After such an experience it is difficult to accurately remember what happened. Fortunately, we were on a dual highway so no other par ty was involved. “We were not specifically aware of the car’s safety features, but all walked away with just a bruise or two and no serious injuries.” Alan added: “My wife had two Foresters as company cars, each for a period of around one year. “As we were impressed with these Subarus we decided to buy the Outback when she retired from full time work. We are skiers and wanted an All-Wheel Drive that did the job and was also as comfortable as a sedan, having always owned Mercedes and BMWs prior to this. “Last year we did 8000 kilometres through outback Queensland and were impressed with the performance of the vehicle.” The Grays and their friend, Richard, now have a full appreciation of the reinforced safety cell that forms the cabin of every Subaru and the high tensile steel that adds strength to the body structure. And, the couple have now bought another Outback. “OTHER THAN BRUISING, ALL THREE OCCUPANTS WALKED AWAY UNINJURED, LEAVING THEM FEELING INCREDIBLY LUCKY TO BE ALIVE.” Check out the Subaru website subaru.com.au INSIDE GRIP HOME PAGE PARTS & ACCESSORIES AFTERSALES MARKETING SAFETY WHO’S WHO AT SUBARU ALLIANCES AMBASSADORS TRENDS DEALER STATS SPORT
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