Subaru says supply of its models is improving, though some of its vehicles have longer waits than others.

    The company said it has “reasonable supply” of the popular Forester, with wait times of around 3-4 months depending on the variant.

    Likewise, the new turbocharged Outback XT has a wait time of around four months, which Subaru claims is “slightly longer” than the standard Outback.

    BRZ buyers will face the longest wait to take delivery, with Subaru advising of a 7-8 month wait. Elsewhere in Subaru’s performance car line-up, the WRX has a much shorter 2-3 month wait.

    Subaru has opened pre-orders for its Crosstrek small SUV, which will replace the XV. Deliveries will begin in April.

    The company hasn’t confirmed when deliveries will begin of the next-generation Impreza, while the electric Solterra is due at some point in the second half of the year.

    “Lead times are improving for customers, which is great,” said Subaru Australia general manager Blair Read.

    “We are working really hard to ensure that those people who are waiting, when we’re delivering as soon as possible for them and doing everything we can to keep them informed.

    “And the production situation is becoming much more consistent, which is really helping with transparency and confidence for customers. So we’re really in a really good spot to start this year with good consistency in production.”

    That applies to parts and component supply, too, which Mr Read says has become “much, much more consistent”.

    Subaru’s best seller last year was the Forester, with 10,637 sales – down 9.9 per cent. Not far behind was the Outback, down 7.2 per cent with 9739 sales, and the XV, down 2.7 per cent with 9090 sales.

    The Impreza was a distant fourth at 3013 sales, down 17.3 per cent.

    The company sold 2392 WRXs, up 89.7 per cent, and 1165 BRZs, up 497.4 per cent. Both entered new generations last year.

    William Stopford

    William Stopford is an automotive journalist based in Brisbane, Australia. William is a Business/Journalism graduate from the Queensland University of Technology who loves to travel, briefly lived in the US, and has a particular interest in the American car industry.

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