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Subaru Loves Pets adoption centers coming to 40 auto shows this season

Subaru is hosting pet adoption events at auto shows nationwide.

Photo courtesy of the ASPCA and Subaru of America, Inc.

The Barkleys, a family of golden retrievers, star in Subaru ads and at major U.S. auto shows the automaker hosts open pet adoptions as part of their Subaru Loves Pets campaign. Now, the effort is going nationwide.

During the remainder of 2019 and into 2020, the automaker will partner with local animal shelters in 40 cities hosting auto shows, with a focus on getting animals out of shelters and to their forever homes.

ASPCA adopt a dog Auto show attendees can adopt an animal at their local auto show.Photo courtesy of the ASPCA and Subaru of America, Inc.

"At Subaru, we look forward to opportunities that help our furry friends in need and we want to return the unconditional love they show us each day," said Alan Bethke, Senior Vice President of Marketing, Subaru of America, Inc. "We saw great success with our pet adoption events last year, so we wanted to not only sustain, but build upon, that momentum to help even more pets unite with a loving lifetime companion."

While attending their local auto show, attendees with be able to interact with adoptable pets in the Subaru Loves Pets play area and will have the opportunity to adopt and take home a new family member.

ASPCA Subaru Dog Kissing Booth Auto show attendees can interact with adoptable dogs at the Subaru booth.Photo courtesy of the ASPCA and Subaru of America, Inc.

A Subaru pet tag engraving station will be located in each play area, allowing attendees who have pets to personalize a tag to take home for their pet by donating to their local shelter at the booth. All donations and proceeds to the exhibit will go directly animals at the participating shelter.

The list of auto shows where Subaru will host pet adoption events includes:

  • Miami Int'l Auto Show: November 1-10, 2019
  • Seattle Int'l Auto Show: November 14-17, 2019
  • Florida Int'l Auto Show (Tampa): November 15-17, 2019
  • Charlotte Int'l Auto Show: November 21-24, 2019
  • Los Angeles Int'l Auto Show: November 22-December 1, 2019
  • Arizona Int'l Auto Show (Phoenix): November 28-December 1, 2019
  • San Francisco Int'l Auto Show: November 28-December 2, 2019
  • Indianapolis Int'l Auto Show: December 26- January 1, 2020
  • San Diego Int'l Auto Show: January 1-5, 2020
  • Silicon Valley Int'l Auto Show (San Jose): January 9-12, 2020
  • South Carolina Int'l Auto Show (Greenville): January 10-12, 2020
  • New England Auto Show (Boston): January 16-20, 2020
  • Utah Int'l Auto Show (Salt Lake City): January 17-20, 2020
  • West Virginia Int'l Auto Show (Charleston): January 17-19, 2020
  • Greater St. Louis Int'l Auto Show: January 21-26, 2020
  • Houston Auto Show: January 22-26, 2020
  • Washington Auto Show: January 21-February 2, 2020
  • Pennsylvania Auto Show (Harrisburg): January 23-26, 2020
  • Northeast Int'l Auto Show (Providence): January 24-26, 2020
  • Cincinnati Auto Show: February 5-9, 2020
  • Motor Trend International Baltimore: February 6-9, 2020
  • Philadelphia Auto Show: February 8-17, 2020
  • Chicago Int'l Auto Show: February 8-17, 2020
  • Virginia Int'l Auto Show (Richmond): February 14-16, 2020
  • Jacksonville Auto Show: February 14-16, 2020
  • Pittsburgh Int'l Auto Show: February 14-17, 2020
  • Portland Auto Show: February 20- 23, 2020
  • Cleveland Int'l Auto Show: February 21-March 2, 2020
  • Greater Milwaukee Auto Show: February 22-March 1, 2020
  • Atlanta Auto Show: February 26-March 1, 2020
  • Kansas City Int'l Auto Show: March 4-8, 2020
  • Twin Cities Auto Show (Minneapolis): March 7-15, 2020
  • Columbus Int'l Auto Show: March19-22, 2020
  • Dallas Auto Show: March 18-22, 2020
  • Denver Int'l Auto Show: April 2-5, 2020
  • New Mexico Auto Show: April 3-5, 2020
  • New York Int'l Auto Show: April 10-19, 2020
  • North American International Auto Show (Detroit): June 8-21, 2020
This campaign is part of Subaru's larger Love Promise philanthropic platform, which sees the automaker partner with nonprofit education, health, community, environment, and animal organizations to create campaigns with actionable results.

Ford trucks reigned supreme over the last decade.

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For decades, Kelley Blue Book has been studying auto sales trends and reporting on those findings. To mark the close of the decade, 2010-2020, KBB looked back at the numbers for the last 10 years and found some surprising things.

The single best sales month was December 2016.

Nico Rosberg 2016 F1 Champtionship

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There was a lot going on in 2016, not the least exciting of which was Nico Rosberg wining the F1 Championship. Automakers sold more vehicles in 2016 than they did at any other point during the decade. The December 2016 sales capped off a record year. Here's the top five months over the decade by volume:

  • December 2016: 1,683,408
  • March 2018: 1,648,222
  • May 2015: 1,634,833
  • December 2015: 1,634,329
  • August 2019: 1,632,287

Subaru might have had the best decade of everyone.

2020 Subaru Outback

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Sure, Ford sold a lot of trucks and Nissan saw tremendous early-decade growth in its SUV lineup, but Subaru is the real winner. In 2010, Subaru sold 263,000 vehicles in the U.S. By the end of the decade, in 2019, they sold 700,000. They probably would have sold more but they scaled back production to launch two new vehicles at the end of the decade.

Most forecasts were wrong about December 2019, but that doesn't mean it was a great month.

2020 Ram 1500

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Analysts forecasted weak sales for the last month of 2019 but the market surprised them delivering a strong result. However, December 2019 was only the 26th best-selling month of the decade according to KBB, which measured 1,506,401 units sold. See the best-selling trucks of 2019 here.

Volvo's best month was the last month of the decade.

2019 Volvo XC60

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Volvo left the decade with the best month it has had in 10 years. The company sold 12,360 units. However, Volvo had higher sales in the months prior to the Great Recession.

Ford delivered the highest monthly sales total of all automakers in the last 10 years.

2019 Ford Focus

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While some may bemoan the Blue Oval's current state of automotive affairs, they had a really great month five and a half years ago. In May 2014, Ford sold 244,501 vehicles, roughly 15.5% of the entire industry's sales for the month. In that single month, Ford sold more vehicles than Smart did in the entire decade. See the best-selling new cars of 2019 here.

Buyers are spending more on their cars than ever before.

2020 Toyota Highlander

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According to KBB, "At the end of 2011, the average transaction price (ATP) for a new vehicle in the U.S. was near $30,000. In February 2015, ATP for the month was above $33,000 for the first time ($33,056). It broke through $35,000 in June of 2017, and passed $37,000 later that year, in December when transaction prices commonly peak due to the high volume of luxury vehicle sales. Transaction prices were above $38,000 through the final three months of 2019. The Kelley Blue Book ATP in December 2019 was $38,767 – the highest point in the past decade."

See the best-selling new SUVs of 2019 here.

Tesla came to play.

2019 Tesla Model3

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In 2010 and 2011, Tesla wasn't really on anyone's radar and now it's a household name. KBB estimates that Tesla sold 12 vehicles in June 2012. They reached 10,000 in sales per month in March 2018 and hit peak monthly sales in December 2018 when 32,600 vehicles were sold.

High-performance cars were costliest in January 2019.

2020 Ferrari Roma

Photo courtesy of Ferrari N.V.

Everyone seems to drive a Toyota RAV4 or a Honda Civic. For the select few wealthy enough to enjoy the fruits of the Acura NSX, Ford GT, and anything with a horse logo on it, this decade was kind for options but expensive. KBB says that in January 2019, the ATP for the segment peaked for the decade at $121,739.

With the Trump Tax Cuts came more fleet sales.

2019 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter

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According to KBB, "Six of the Top 10 best months for fleet sales in the past decade occurred after the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. In May 2019, an estimated 425,000 vehicles were sold to fleet buyers, a record 27 percent of total U.S. sales. Fleet, it's worth noting, generally accounts for 20% of sales in a given month."

There was never a time in the last 10 years that the Ford F-Series was not the best-selling vehicle in the U.S.

2020 Ford Super Duty

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Ten straight years of month-to-month dominance. Muhammed Ali wasn't even that good. Ford has sold 7,578,608 F-Series pickups in the last decade - one every 41 seconds. The best month for the F-Series was December 2017 where, in a single month, the company sold 89,385 F-Series trucks.

Subaru recently debuted its VIZIV Tourer concept.

Photo courtesy of Subaru Corporation

Subaru has a goal. By 2030, they want at least 40 percent of their globals sales to come from electric vehicles (EVs) and hybrid electric vehicles. To get there, the automaker will be continuing to work on electrification via the application of the technology to Subaru's current lineup.

"Although we're using Toyota technology, we want to make hybrids that are distinctly Subaru," Chief Technology Officer, Tetsuo Onuki, recently commented to Reuters. "It's not only about reducing CO2 emissions. We need to further improve vehicle safety and the performance of our all-wheel drive."

Subaru VIZIV Touring concept the VIZIV Touring concept has a WRX-like front end.Photo courtesy of Subaru Corporation

At first, this plan likely means more model variants in the same vein as the Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid. Reuters has reported that the first new model that will enter the Subaru lineup under this plan will be a "strong hybrid" vehicle using Toyota technology. But, it's not coming until later this decade. Subaru previously activated this partnership in the marketplace to launch the Crosstrek Hybrid.

The automakers are also working together to launch an all-battery electric car (BEV) around that time as well.

Don't set your calendar yet. Plans are continually developing and timelines are bound to shift as the market for new vehicles changes. Subaru will likely keep the public updated as their plans develop by releasing concept car versions of their designs ahead of any big news.