Should Subaru have a premium brand? – Autoblog

A lot of people love Subarus, and that audience is only getting bigger. Subaru sold 647,956 vehicles in the U.S. in 2017, up from 615,132 units in 2016; 513,693 in 2012; and 187,699 in 2008. You get the idea. It’s a relatively small brand, but a growing one. It’s also one of the top brands in terms of customer loyalty, and in terms of conquest sales. From Q2 2015 to Q2 2016, Subaru gained 3.5 customers from other brands for every customer it lost.

Recently, Riley, a listener to the Autoblog Podcast, wrote in and asked why Subaru doesn’t have a luxury brand. Reading the email, neurons began firing immediately, and a whole bunch of new thoughts rushed in at once, mingling with old data in my brain. Indeed, why doesn’t Subaru have its own luxury brand?

My initial conclusion was that it just didn’t make sense for

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