Subaru of America sales surged 42 percent in June, fueled by a 41 percent gain in sales of the redesigned Forester crossover.
Subaru sold 39,235 vehicles last month, and 10,170 were Foresters. Subaru said the Forester had its best June ever, as did the larger Outback crossover. Sales of the Outback rose 32 percent in June to 12,210.
"Forester sales are surging on the back of strong safety test results and strong endorsement from third parties such as Consumer Reports," said a Subaru spokesman.
Sales of the rear-wheel-drive BRZ fell 4 percent. Subaru said it had a larger supply of the BRZ in June 2012, the month the coupe went on sale in the United States. The BRZ was developed jointly with Toyota Motor Corp. It also is sold in the United States as the Scion FR-S.
Sales of the Impreza four- and five-door compact were flat. Subaru said Impreza supply is thin because of high demand for the new XV Crosstrek crossover, which is based on the Impreza. Subaru sold 4,652 of the compact crossovers in June.
Subaru sales for the first half rose 25 percent compared with the same period in 2012, to 204,597. It was the first time Subaru sold more than 200,000 cars in a six -month period, but the company has not upped its 2013 target of 385,000 sales.
"We are thrilled to close the first half of 2013 with such record numbers," Tom Doll, president of Subaru of America, said in a statement. "Our products are being well-received and we are looking forward to adding Subaru's first-ever hybrid vehicle to our product lineup later this year."