Subaru of America's venerable Outback crossover had its weakest month of the year but the automaker was still able to eke out a sales gain in October.
Subaru's U.S. sales rose 2.5 percent to 55,394cars and light trucks in October and the results extended the brand's streak of consecutive year-over-year monthly gains to 83 months.
U.S. sales of the Outback totaled 11,574 units, a drop of 27%.
While Outback sales declined, Subaru saw strong results from two of its newest products.
The automaker sold 15,981 Foresters in October, the first month the redesigned 2019 model was on sale.
Ascent sales totaled 6,008 for the month. October was the all-new, three-row crossover's best month since going on sale in June.
Notable nameplates: Outback down 27%, Forester up 19%, Crosstrek up 1.6%, Impreza down 18%, WRX/WRX STI down 5.8%, Legacy dropped 39%, BRZ down 6.3%.
Incentives: $1,203 per vehicle, up 13% from a year earlier, ALG says.
Average transaction price: $29,425 up 4.6% from a year earlier, according to ALG.
Quote: "In its first full month of sales, strong momentum from the all-new 2019 Forester helped Subaru achieve another month of sales gains," Jeff Walters, senior vice president of sales for Subaru, said in a statement. "Paired with the continued success of the Ascent, Subaru is well positioned for a promising final quarter of 2018."
Did you know? Subaru is becoming even less reliant on its U.S. car lineup, with cars representing just 22.6% of 2018 volume through October, vs. 26.4% for all of 2017.