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Subaru breaks 500,000 sales mark in U.S.

Subaru sales rose 21 percent to 513,693 in 2014 -- easily topping the forecast 500,000-plus vehicles for the year and outpacing the overall U.S. market. Photo credit: DAVID PHILLIPS

Subaru of America sales topped 500,000 vehicles for the first time and set a sixth consecutive sales record for the high-flying brand.

Subaru sales rose 21 percent to 513,693 in 2014 -- easily topping the forecast 500,000-plus vehicles for the year and outpacing the market.

December also was a record sales month, up 24 percent to 49,923 vehicles compared with a year earlier.

“We are thrilled to close 2014 with a sixth consecutive sales record for Subaru,” said Tom Doll, COO of Subaru of America.

Doll called the accomplishment an “epic and historic milestone for the Subaru franchise.”

Jeff Walters, senior vice president of sales, said every Subaru regional zone and independent distributor “set an all-time sales record.”

The compact Forester crossover continued to be Subaru’s top seller, and sales in 2014 grew 29 percent to 159,953. The Outback midsize wagon was the second-biggest seller, and sales jumped 18 percent to 138,790.

Subaru also made strides with its Legacy sedan, which was redesigned with more interior room and options for the U.S. Legacy sales rose 24 percent to 52,270 cars.

The WRX and STI performance models that were redesigned last year were up 42 percent to 25,492 cars.

You can reach Diana T. Kurylko at dkurylko@autonews.com -- Follow Diana T. on Twitter: @dianakurylko

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