Subaru is a Japanese automotive manufacturing division of the Subaru Corporation. The Subaru name and logo are based on the Pleiades star cluster. The brand is best known for its lineup of practical and off-road SUVs, its under-the-hood boxer engines, and its often standard inclusion of Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive on models.
Subaru started as Fuji Heavy Industries (FHI) in 1953, which was in turn born from the Nakajima Aircraft Company founded in 1932. FHI was comprised of five companies, including an engine manufacturer and a chassis builder. Eventually, the company was renamed Subaru when it began car production, and its first model, the Subaru 1500, was released in 1954. Another notable early model from the company was the Subaru 360, a cheap competitor of the VW Beetle.
During the latter half of the 1900s, stakes in Subaru were bought, sold, and traded between various automakers, including General Motors, Nissan, and Toyota. This led to Subaru and Toyota’s current relationship, which includes joint development of model platforms and the sharing of intellectual property.
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All Subaru Vehicles:
Impreza: A compact sedan that replaced the Leone
WRX: An AWD compact sports sedan based on the Impreza
Legacy: A midsize sedan and the company’s flagship car
BRZ: A sports car coupe that shares its build with the Toyota 86
SUVs and Minivans:
Crosstrek: A subcompact SUV based on the Impreza and also known as the Impreza XV
Forester: A compact SUV that shares a platform with the Impreza and replaced the Bighorn
Outback: A station wagon based on the Legacy
Solterra: An upcoming all-electric compact SUV that’s a rebadged Toyota bZ4X
Ascent: A three-row midsize SUV that replaced the Tribeca
Recently Discontinued Vehicles
Baja: A compact utility pickup truck that replaced the Brat
Tribeca: A midsize SUV that was replaced by the Ascent