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1950. JUL
Fuji jidosha Kogyo, Co., Ltd., established.
Fuji Sangyo was divided into 12 companies in accordance with the corporate credit rearrangement law in 1950. Fuji Jidosha was chiefly involved in bodywork for buses and developing the small P-1 concept car.
1953. JUL
Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd., established.
In 1953 Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. was created as an aircraft manufacturing, sales, and maintenance company through investments from five companies: Fuji Kogyo, Fuji Jidosha, Omiya Fuji Kogyo, Utsunomiya Sharyo and Tokyo Fuji Sangyo. Two years later, these five investors merged with FHI and embarked on full-scale business activities of the FHI that we know today.
1954. FEB
Prototype 4-wheel passenger vehicle P-1 completed.
The P-1, named the Subaru 1500 the following year, used the first Japanese-manufactured monocoque body. This passenger car provided excellent riding comfort and driving stability with its front-wheel wishbone-type independent suspension with a coil spring and double-action oil damper combination, and rear-wheel rigid axle suspension with a three-leaf spring and double-action oil damper combination.
1957. APR
Prototype K-10 (Subaru 360) completed.
The major issues present with the prototype K-10 included achieving a lighter body, easier production, sufficient interior space to accommodate four adults, excellent ride comfort, and developing a lightweight and high-power, high-durability engine. In addition to the monocoque body used to achieve a lighter weight, the head of each and every rivet was filed down to save weight - technology that had previously been used in aircraft was used extensively throughout the prototype.
1958. MAR
Subaru 360 minicar unveiled
On March 3, 1958, a passenger car with a distinctive individuality was released: the Subaru 360. At the time, Japanese automobile manufacturers were working on developing small “people's” cars as advocated by the Japanese government. With its roots in aircraft manufacturing, Subaru took up the challenge of building a small, affordable car that could perform well, and the four-passenger, four-wheel Subaru 360 minicar became a milestone in the history of Japan's automobile industry. Dubbed the Ladybird due to its distinct shape, the Subaru 360 enjoyed tremendous popularity for more than a decade before finally ceasing production in May 1970.

1957.04 Prototype K-10 (Subaru 360) completed
1959.08 Subaru 360 Convertible released
1959.12 Subaru 360 Commercial released
1960.10 Subaru 450 released
1963.08 Subaru 360 Custom released
1963.12 Super Deluxe released, DX and SDX released with over top gear
1964.05 Finished 1st and 2nd in the T-1 Class of the 2nd Japanese Grand Prix
1968.11 Subaru 360 Young S & SS models released
1961. FEB
Subaru Sambar truck released
1st generation Sambar
In February 1961, the Subaru Sambar made its debut. The Sambar, based on the Subaru 360, was a truck that was outstandingly pleasant to ride and stable to drive. Compared with other four-wheel minitrucks of its day, the Subaru Sambar had the lowest deck body and the roomiest cargo bed. With its ability to neatly negotiate narrow street corners, this minitruck was a breath of fresh air in the industrial world. The following September, the Sambar Light Van was launched as a vehicle for not only commercial use, but also leisure use. With the Sambar, Subaru became firmly established as a manufacturer of light passenger vehicles.

1960.02 Released
1961.09 Light Van released
Naming: English for “Indian deer.”
1964. NOV
Gunma Plant test course completed.
Completion of a 1.6 km-long test course was completed at the Gunma Plant located in Ota, Gunma Prefecture.
1966. JAN
Head office relocates to new Subaru Building.
“Subaru Building” was completed in Shinjuku. Head Office departments were relocated and centralised here.
1966. JAN
Head office relocates to new Subaru Building.
2nd generation Sambar
Released in 1966 and dubbed the “New Sambar.”
Featuring a refined front grille and overall design, and also available with an optional variable gearbox offering 6 forward and 2 reverse gears. Naming: English for “Indian deer.”
1966. MAY
4-door sedan released
Released in May 1966 as FHI’s first compact passenger car powered by the boxer engine, the Subaru 1000 offered driving stability and a comfortable interior, as well as technical features such as the front-wheel drive platform, Horizontally-Opposed engine and centre-pivot steering wheel. The outstanding body design “befitting of a 1,500 cc model” combined with numerous proprietary functions stemming from FHI’s aeronautical background. The D.O.J. (double offset joint) constant velocity joint, inboard brakes and independent four-wheel suspension system helped to reduce the unsprung weight of the car. The 1000 redefined the front-wheel drive concept with its smooth and precise control, comfort and durability.

1965.10 Small passenger vehicle Subaru 1000 unveiled
1967.02 2-door sedan released
1967.09 4-door van released
1967.11 Sports sedan released
1968.08 2-door van with front shift
1969.03 ff-1 released
1969.10 ff-1 Super Touring released
1970.07 ff-1 1300G, 1100 series released
1971.10 Subaru 1300G 4WD Van entered in the 18th Tokyo Motor Show

Naming: The “ff” in Subaru ff-1 highlighted the fact that the car had a front engine and front-wheel drive system.
1969. AUG
Subaru R-2 released
Replacing the Subaru 360, the Subaru R-2 was introduced in August 1969. Designed for the new era, the R-2 was a minisedan that attracted great interest for its role in expanding the concept of the minicar. The R-2 performed well and was engineered for the “highway era” that Japan was entering, and its excellent balance meant the R-2 could be driven with ease on rough roads. With its refined style and roomy interior that could comfortably seat four people, the R-2 was a tribute to the Subaru engineers who built on their experience with the Subaru 360 to expand the minicar concept.

1970.04 SS, Sporty DX released
1971.02 NEW R-2 released
1971.10 Water-cooled series released

Naming: Adopting a similar script to the Subaru ff-1, the letter “R” was selected for its innovative feel and pleasant sound. “2” highlighted the fact that this was Subaru's second small passenger model.
1971. OCT
Leone coupe released
1st generation Leone
The Subaru Leone made its debut in June 1971, followed by the Subaru Leone 4WD Station Wagon in September 1972. Until then, four-wheel drive (4WD) was limited to off-road vehicles, however Subaru broke that tradition with a mass-produced 4WD variant of an ordinary passenger model. When the vehicle was first released, demand came mainly as a result of the special applications that the car could be used for, such as commercial use in snowy and mountainous areas. Yet the car was also highly praised in both the domestic and overseas markets for its novel design. The vehicle had steadily broadened its customer base thanks to a surge in popularity of outdoor sports like skiing and fishing. The car's popularity snowballed to the point where it became the world's top-selling 4WD passenger car, and is the origin of the Subaru AWD system.

1972.02 Leone 4-door sedan released
1972.09 Leone 4WD Station Wagon released
1973.06 Leone Hard-top model released
1977.10 The Subaru BRAT introduced
1972. JUL
Rex released
1st generation Rex
The Subaru Rex was launched as the successor to the Subaru R-2 in July 1972. The Rex was a hit thanks to the youthful, dynamic image its styling gave it, as well as Subaru's traditional minicar features, including superior handling, driving stability, riding comfort, and fuel economy.

1973.10 4-stroke Rex released
1975.12 Rex SEEC-T released
1976.05 Rex 5 released
1977.05 Rex 550 released

Naming: Taken from the Latin term for “King.”
1973. FEB
Goriki Sambar released
3rd generation Sambar
The newly release model switched from an air-cooled engine to a water-cooled one. The “Custom L” featured a electronically operated windscreen washer for the first time. The single tail lamp was changed to orange rear indicator lamps that were independent of the rear brake lamps.

1976.05 Sambar 5 released
1977.05 Sambar 550 released
1979.10 Sambar High Roof, the first light cab van, released
1980.11 Sambar 4WD released

Naming: English for “Indian deer.”
1977. OCT
Subaru of America, Subaru Brat released.
The Subaru Brat, an export recreational vehicle (RV) designed for the North American market, was launched in August 1977. It was based on the Leone 4WD but had a two-seater cabin and a cargo bed at the rear.
1979. JUN
2nd generation Leone released
2nd generation Leone
A larger body size and 1,800 cc engine gave the car a design befitting of a medium class passenger car. To drive better on rough roads, the 1.8L 4WD model came equipped with a variable gearbox system dubbed Dual Range for use as a close-ratio transmission with the 4-speed manual transmission offering eight forward, and two reverse gears.

1979.06 The New Leone Sedan released
1979.07 The New Leone Hard-top model released
1979.10 Swingback, 4WD released
1981.11 Leone 4WD automatic transmission model released (world's first MP-T model)

Naming: Taken from the Italian word for “male lion.”
1981. SEP
2nd generation Rex released
2nd generation Rex
The rear-engine, rear-wheel drive platform that had been a mainstay from the Subaru 360 was changed to a front-engine, front-wheel drive platform. This move helped to overcome issues related to interior space, giving it a wider wheel base and the largest body size at the time in the minicar class. The Rex Combi name was given to the model with a light van body that was popular the time.

1981.10 FF Rex Sedan released
1984.09 New Rex series released

Naming: Taken from the Latin term for “King.”
1982. SEP
New Sambar Try and High Roof Truck series released
4th generation Sambar
Released in September 1982. The “Sambar Try” was released as a minivan model, and while the 4-wheel independent suspension system remained the same, the front suspension layout in 4WD models of the 4th generation Sambar were changed from semi-trailing system to a Macpherson Strut system (semi-trailing system continued to be used for 2WD models). 10-inch tyres were used for all 2WD models, and 12-inch tyres for all 4WD models (with all models featuring large 4-wheel drum brakes). The ultra-low EL gear was defined for 4WD models. Trucks came with the High Roof option regardless of whether they were 2WD or 4WD, and while no automatic transmission was available, The Try FL and FX came with an automatic gearbox.

1987.09 Sambar series upgraded; fitted with full-time 4WD

Naming: English for “Indian deer.”
1982. SEP
New Sambar Try and High Roof Truck series released
1st generation Domingo
The Subaru Domingo one-box wagon made its debut in October 1983. This series not only accommodated seven passengers in a compact body but also offered a variety of seating arrangements thanks to Japan's first swivel seats, together with folding seats.

1986.06 Domingo 1.2-litre 4WD released

Naming: Taken from the Spanish term for “Sunday” and implying that the car was designed for fun Sunday drives.
1984. FEB
Development of the Subaru ECVT.
Development of the World's first electro-continuously variable transmission (ECVT) was announced.
The ECVT employed a simple yet effective mechanism using a special steel belt and pair of pulleys made by Van Doorne's Transmissie B.V., of the Netherlands. The ECVT enabled the driver to control the car's speed without the use of complex gears. This configuration allowed the vehicle to change speeds automatically to the most appropriate gear ratio.
1984. FEB
Subaru Justy released
1st generation Justy
The Subaru Justy was launched in February 1984. In 1987, the Justy was fitted with an advanced automatic transmission system: the world's first electro-continuously variable transmission called the Subaru ECVT.

1985.10 Justy 1.2-litre 4WD series released
1988.11 ECVT+4WD released

Naming: Stemming from the English word “Just” and implying that the car was “Proper,” “Perfect,” “Ideal” and “Just right.”
1984. JUL
3rd generation Leone released
3rd generation Leone
With a larger body size and a design based on flat, straight lines, the flush surface of the 3rd generation Leone offered superb aerodynamics with a Cd value of 0.35. The 5-speed manual gearbox MT again featured “Dual Range” technology, giving the driver 10 different gear speeds. The top-of-the-range GT model featured an air suspension system and also came with height control.

1986.04 Leone 3-door Coupe RX/II (full-time 4WD) released
1987.10 Leone series upgraded; Sedans and Touring Wagons fitted with Active Torque Split 4WD
1988.02 Maia released

Naming: Taken from the Italian word for "male lion."
1985. JUN
Alcyone released
The Subaru Alcyone was named after a particularly bright star in the Pleiades, a star cluster called Subaru in Japanese. This model was launched in the United States as the Subaru XT in February 1985 and as the Alcyone in Japan in June 1985. This series' hallmark is its styling, designed to evoke the image of the aerodynamic shape of a hawk or eagle. The Alcyone's sweeping wedge shape and the fully rounded curves enabled this model to achieve the world's lowest air resistance level of 0.29 CD (coefficient of drag).

1987.07 Alcyone VX (2.7-litre, full-time 4WD) released

Naming: The brightest star shining in the Subaru (Pleiades) star cluster is called Alcyone, which was the basis of this model's name. The SVX is short for Subaru Vehicle X.
1986. NOV
New Rex Combi released
3rd generation Rex
A model with a 3-valve engine was developed new as a sporty grade, The “Combi” van was given the name “VIKI.” Major changes to the packaging gave rise to even greater interior space than models in the past. The automatic gearbox was also upgraded from the auto-clutch in previous models a full-automatic system (2-speed) utilising a torque converter.

1987.02 Rex 5-door sedan twin-viscous coupling full-time 4WD model released
1987.07 Rex ECVT released
1988.03 Rex series V and VX with Superchargers released
1990.03 Rex series upgraded
Naming: Taken from the Latin term for “King.”
1988. APR
Subaru Tecnica International Inc. established.
This company was established as a subsidiary to undertake motorsports activities, including the FIA World Rally Championships, and the development and sales of specially-designed sports parts.
1988. OCT
Subaru MM, the Horizontally-Opposed 12-cylinder Engine, completed.
The Subaru MM Horizontally-Opposed 12-cylinder engine was completed, and featured a maximum engine speed of 13,000 rpm and maximum power output of more than 600 hp at a dry weight of 159 kg.
1989. JAN
Legacy sets a new 100,000 km world speed record.
In 1989, from January 2 through 21, the first-generation Legacy established a new 100,000-kilometer world speed record at the Arizona Test Center located on the outskirts of Phoenix, Arizona. The 100,000-kilometer distance was covered in 447 hours, 44 minutes, and 9.887 seconds, with an average speed of 223.345 km/h, thus setting a new world speed record.
*Effective as of the end of April, 2005.
1989. FEB
Legacy series released
1st generation Legacy
Released in February 1989, Subaru took its first step into the 2.0-litre automobile market with its Subaru Legacy. Charged with the task of creating a sedan that would take its place on the world stage as a leader in the era, the design team started from scratch but eventually settled on “using a Horizontally-Opposed Engine and an AWD system, thus following the traditional Subaru technologies but at the same time rendering these as a mature compilation tailored for the new era.” In this way, the Legacy incorporated traditional Subaru technologies but was still a completely new design embodying high-quality driving performance. The line-up consisted of a 4-door Sedan and a Station Wagon, with the latter instigating a station wagon boom in Japan. In 1998, the third-generation Legacy was introduced.

1989.01 Released
1989.01 Set the 100,000 km world speed record
1993.08 First win in the WRC New Zealand Rally

Naming: English for “passing on great traditions.”
1989. NOV
The Subaru Research and Testing Centre.
The Subaru Research and Testing Centre, a facility for the development of advanced technologies, completed its development of high-speed circuits.
1990. MAR
Subaru MM engine licensed to Italian formula 1 racing team Coloni.
Subaru MM engine licensed to Italian formula 1 racing team Coloni made its F1 debut in the American Grand Prix.
1990. MAR
Full model change for Sambar series
5th generation Sambar
Released in March 1990 with a 660 cc capacity engine designed to suit new regulations. “Dias” was released as a premium model Sambar Try. Powered by the 4-cylinder in-line EN07 engine, supercharged models developed 55 metric horsepower with the EN07Y type engine, and NA models 40 metric horsepower with the EN07C type engine (with carburettor). The front suspension was built on ventilated disc brakes and the Macpherson Strut suspension system. Transmissions included a 5-speed manual with EL, as well as a proper ECVT option. 4WD models came in two variants, part-time and viscous full-time 4WD.

1993.12 Sambar Dias Classic released
1995.04 Subaru's first electric car, the Sambar EV released

Naming: English for “Indian deer.”
1991. SEP
Alcyone SVX (Subaru SVX) released
Replacing the Alcyone, the Subaru SVX came on the market in the United States in July 1991 and in Japan in September. This model was developed as a luxury high-performance coupe that could handle any road surface. It was designed to have a dynamic image, with such touches as a glass-to-glass round canopy with a flush surface.

1991.01 New concept sports coupe, the Subaru SVX, displayed at the North American International Auto Show

Naming: The brightest star shining in the Subaru (Pleiades) star cluster is called Alcyone, which was the basis of this model's name. The SVX is short for Subaru Vehicle X.
1992. MAR
Vivio released
Marketed with the phrase “SIMPLE RICH,” the Vivio's exterior featured sharp lines running from midway to the top of the windows, and a panel construction that retained its wavy lines. Body colours were also upgraded from the solid colours available with the Rex, to glossy tones and premium-looking metallic or mica finishes to increase the sense of quality. The rear of the car was constructed differently for domestic and commercial use. The Vivio featured Subaru's first newly designed body to suit changes in regulations for light cars in 1990, and its relatively low centre of gravity helped to improve its driving stability.

1993.05 Vivio T-top released
1993.04 Raced for first time in the WRC Safari rally, won Group A-5 class
1995.11 Bistro released

Naming: Created from the English word VIVID, and representing 660 (VIVIO) in Greek script.
1992. NOV
Impreza series released
1st generation Impreza
The Subaru Impreza was launched in November 1992. With a body more compact than the Legacy's, this series featured sporty curves, and came out in two versions: a 4-door Sedan and a Sports Wagon. The Impreza's engine, suspension, AWD system, and packaging followed those of the Legacy, and the high-performance driving and feeling of quality were further enhanced. In particular, the marvelous driving performance provided by the turbo engine and the breath of fresh air the Sports Wagon brought to the station wagon genre meant that the market welcomed the Impreza as a car with individuality.

1994.01 WRX STi added to Impreza series
1994.06 First WRC win (5th Acropolis Rally)
1995.01 2-door coupe Impreza Retna released
1995.10 Impreza Sports Wagon Gravel EX released

1998.03 Impreza 22B-STi Version released

Naming: English for “Impression.”
1993. SEP
New Legacy sets world speed record for station wagons.
"New Legacy set a world speed record for station wagons. The record of an average 249.981 km/h over 1 km was officially recognised by the FIA and the Automobile Competition Committee for the US (ACCUS).
Location: Bonneville Speedway, Utah, U.S.A.
(world speed record certified by the FIA and ACCUS for mass-produced, unmodified station wagons) Vehicle: Legacy Touring Wagon GT”
1993. OCT
New Legacy series released
2nd generation Legacy
Developed with the underlying theme “succession and maturity,” and offering performance and interior space rivalling that of more premium models, despite its compact class. The 4-door sedan retained its window graphics, however eliminated the black finish along the A and C pillars. This, combined with drawing the C pillar from directly above the rear wheel arch, helped to give the car a more aggressive look. The touring wagon was designed with windows that wrapped around from the side to the rear, and featured a stepped roof profile in what were common design elements evident in the previous generation. The trapezoidal shape of the front grille was also implemented new.

1993.09 Set the world speed record for wagons (249.981 km/h)
1994.10 2.5-litre 250T added to the Legacy series

Naming: English for “passing on great traditions.”
1993. OCT
Legacy Grand Wagon (overseas name: Outback) released.
1st generation Outback
The Outback was developed with an optimum balance of the sporty, reliable drivability and interior space that the Legacy Wagon delivered on-road, combined with a wagon package for outstanding practicality. The model was given a 200 mm ground clearance to also ensure great off-road drivability. A premium yet tough looking exterior was designed with an exclusive front façade and bumper, large fog lamps with stone guards, large diameter all-season tyres, 2-tone body colour, and oversized side protectors.
1995.08 Legacy Grand Wagon (overseas name: Outback) released
1997.08 Legacy Lancaster (overseas name: Outback) released

Naming: English for “the great Australian outdoors.”
1994. JUN
New Domingo released
2nd generation Domingo
A full model change was released in 1994, the first in its 11 year history. The body frame was extended front and rear, with a Y-shaped structure used at the front to ensure safety during a frontal collision. The fuel supply to the engine was upgraded from a carburettor to EMPi, and ECVT added to the manual-only transmission line-up. Full-time 4WD was achieved with viscous-coupling to suit the ECVT, thus improving the car's terrain capabilities.

1996.04 Aladdin released

Naming: Taken from the Spanish term for “Sunday” and implying that the car was designed for fun Sunday drives.
1994. DEC
Subaru enters all FIA WRC races in a year for the first time.
The first year that Subaru participated in all WRC races held throughout the year, finishing in 2nd place (and the highest achievement for FHI) in the Manufacturer's Title (with driver Carlos Sainz).
Justy introduced to the European market
2nd generation Justy
The Justy debuted again with a full model change, only available in the European market. The car came in a 3-door and 5-door hatchback.
* Produced by Magyar Suzuki (Hungary)

Naming: Stemming from the English word “Just” and implying that the car was “Proper,” “Perfect,” “Ideal” and “Just right.”
1996. FEB
Subaru puts bumper-to-bumper recycling.
Subaru put its roller press production methods to practical use, paving the way for bumper-to-bumper recycling.
1996. OCT
Subaru Forester wins the Hulman Trophy for setting the 24-hour speed record.
Subaru Forester won the Hulman Trophy* for setting the 24-hour speed record at the Indiana Motor Speedway with an average speed of 180.082 km/h.
Location: Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Indiana, U.S.A.
(world speed record certified by the FIA and ACCUS for Group T-1=series cross country cars)

*Hulman Trophy: The challenge for the 24-hour endurance speed record of mass-produced and marketed vehicles at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway began in the 1920s, but the Hulman Trophy was initiated in 1989, named after the speedway's previous owner, Tony Hulman.
1997. FEB
Advanced passenger SUV, the Forester, released
1st generation Forester
The Subaru Forester made its debut in February 1997. The Forester combined the strong points of a sports utility vehicle (SUV) and a passenger car as a vehicle of a new genre based on the "best of both" concept. The basic chassis was virtually the same as that of the 1993 Legacy, a fully changed model. However, the Forester's wheelbase was reduced, ground clearance increased 200 mm and overall height to 1,580 mm. Hence, while the Forester possessed superior driving performance for poor road conditions and a high driving position required for SUVs, it still provided pleasant ride comfort for those on board.

1995.11 “Exiga” concept car unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show
1996.10 Set speed record during 24-hour endurance race
2000.01 Minor change
2000.05 S/tb-STi released

Naming: English for “Person living in the woods” or “Person raised in the woods.”
1998. APR
New Subaru Legacy sets new world speed record for station wagons.
New Subaru Legacy set a new world speed record for station wagons. The record of an average 270.532 km/h over 1 km was officially recognised by the FIA and the ACCUS. Location: Colorado, U.S.A. (the world's fastest production station wagon certified by the FIA and ACCUS for the mass-produced car category, turbo engine, 1,600 cc to 2,000 cc class)
1998. JUN
Full model change for Legacy Station Wagon series; new Legacy released
3rd generation Legacy
Released in June 1998, this model change eliminated front-wheel drive variants, making all grades based on a 4WD platform. The body design retained the Legacy look but was built on a more robust platform. Two rows of globes in the headlight array were used, and this was the first model to use HID lamps in the premium grade model. Interior quality was also improved immensely over existing Subaru models, and the addition of features such as the American high-end Macintosh audio brand as a manufacturer's option helped to improve quality in areas other than driving performance. Changing the rear suspension from a strut type to a multi-link type and bringing the strut towers in helped increase maximum luggage space (rear cargo room in the B4) over previous generations

1998.12 Full model change for Legacy Sedan series; Legacy B4 (Sedan) released
2000.05 Legacy series upgraded
2001.01 Legacy Touring Wagon and B4 (Sedan) Blitzen 2001 model released
2002.01 Legacy Touring Wagon GT30 and B4 (Sedan) RS30 with 3.0-litre Horizontally-Opposed 6-cylinder DOHC Engines released
2002.02 Legacy Touring Wagon and B4 (Sedan) Blitzen 2002 model released
2002.08 Legacy Touring Wagon and B4 (Sedan) Blitzen 6 released
Naming: English for “passing on great traditions.”
1998. JUN
Legacy Lancaster (overseas name: Outback) released.
2nd generation Outback
Released in June 1998, this model change eliminated front-wheel drive variants, making all grades based on a 4WD platform. The body design retained the Legacy look but was built on a more robust platform. Two rows of globes in the headlight array were used, and this was the first model to use HID lamps in the premium grade model. Interior quality was also improved immensely over existing Subaru models, and the addition of features such as the American high-end Macintosh audio brand as a manufacturer's option helped to improve quality in areas other than driving performance. Changing the rear suspension from a strut type to a multi-link type and bringing the strut towers in helped increase maximum luggage space over previous generations.

1998.12 Full model change for Legacy Lancaster (overseas name: Outback) series released
1999.09 ADA model added to the Legacy Lancaster (overseas name: Outback) series
2000.05 Outback H6-3.0, with newly-developed 3.0-litre horizontally-opposed 6-cylinder Engine, released

Naming: English for “the great Australian outdoors.”
1998. OCT
Pleo released
1st generation Pleo
The Pleo built on the concept of the “New compact wagon that goes beyond the minicar” and took all aspects - performance, safety, utility and eco-friendly driving - to new levels in a perfectly balanced package as a new compact wagon. Designed outside of the traditional minicar definition, it was truly a new generation of minicar that was in a class of its own. Lightweight and compact, the Pleo also delivered all the benefits of outstanding fuel economy and environmental safety, and new standards incorporated into the design vastly improved safety as a model that was engineered for the future.

1998.11 Wins RJC Light Car of the Year Award
1999.06 Pleo Nesta released
2000.12 Pleo Nicotto released

Naming: Latin for “More, to completion.” The name also inspired the “Let’s play! Let’s go!” attitude.
1999. FEB
Full model change for Sambar; new-spec Sambar released
6th generation Sambar
Released in February 1999. Changes to light vehicle regulations in 1998 meant that the larger Sambar retained its full-cab style for both truck and van models, with a line-up featuring the truck, van and Dias (cargo model). NA models were no longer equipped with a carburettor.

2000.11 Electric car Sambar EV released

Naming: English for “Indian deer.”
New development of compact Horizontally-Opposed 6-cylinder Engine
The compact “EZ30” 6-cylinder engine was developed with the same length as a 4-cylinder engine. Featuring the fundamental characteristics of a Horizontally-Opposed engine - the outstanding rotational balance, low centre of gravity and compact size - the EZ30 also delivered the smooth engine response and sound typical of a 6-cylinder engine, as well as mountains of torque typical of a larger engine and environmentally-friendly performance.
2000. AUG
Full model change for Impreza series; New Age Impreza released
2nd generation Impreza
The second-generation Impreza was based on the concept of fast, fun and safe, and included features such as a new turbo engine offering superior environmental performance, and a new body with Ring-Shaped Reinforcement Frames and improved impact safety. Along with being more fun to drive, it had unique styling backed by functionality, and was a vehicle that could assert the personality of the driver.

2000.10 Impreza WRX STi series released
2002.01 Impreza Sports Wagon Type Euro released
2003.12 WRX Sti and WRX “2003 V-Limited” released to celebrate the 2003 WRC Driver's Championship
2004.07 2004 WRC Rally Japan “WR-Limited 2004” special edition model released
2005.01 “S203” released by STI* *SUBARU TECNICA INTERNATIONAL INC.
2005.08 2005 WRC Rally Japan “WR-Limited 2005” special edition model released
2006.01 “S204” released by STI* *SUBARU TECNICA INTERNATIONAL INC.

Naming: English for “Impression.”
2001. AUG
Traviq released
Designed with the concept of delivering “a fun-to-drive seven-seater, whether driving alone or with all seven seats full,” the Traviq was a easy-to-drive, compact seven-seater offering supreme interior comfort in a streamlined package. Combined with effortless power and outstanding maneuverability, the car was for fun on the road.

Naming: Coined by combining the words TRAVEL and QUICK.
2002. FEB
Full model change for Forester; cross-over SUV, the new Forester, released
2nd generation Forester
Based on the “Crossover SUV for the 'BEST of BOTH' WORLD” concept, the Forester was developed to deliver class-leading potential in the crossover SUV category. This concept fuses the benefits of both the SUV and passenger car, but is also designed to meet the various needs of day-to-day life with a single model.

2002.10 Forester Cross Sports released 2004.02 Forester STi Version released 2004.07 2004 WRC Rally Japan “WR-Limited 2004” special edition model released 2005.12 Special edition model “AIRBREAK” released

Naming: English for “Person living in the woods” or “Person raised in the woods.”
2002. MAY
Development of Legacy B4 (Sedan) CNG model unveiled.
The Legacy B4 “CNG” was a model based on the 4WD “RS” powered by a 2.0L DOHC Horizontally-Opposed 4-cylinder engine. The engine no longer featured AVCS (Active Valve Control System: variable valve timing) or EGR (Exhaust Gas Recirculation), however came equipped with an electronically-controlled fuel injection system specially-tuned for the CNG developing a maximum power output of 94 kW and maximum torque of 160 Nm.
2002. JUL
Subaru North American model Baja released.
The Subaru North American model Baja released.
2003. MAY
Full model change for Legacy
4th generation Legacy
Based on the development theme of a fusion of ride, function, and beauty, the fourth-generation Legacy aimed to be a next-generation vehicle in keeping with the worldwide Legacy brand, by further improving the performance of its unique Symmetrical AWD power train centred around the Horizontally-Opposed Engine. While carrying on the styling identity from the first-generation model, the fourth-generation Legacy had a more sporty look to its sleeker body shape, and in its front face gave it a sharper image. Styling was also enhanced through its aesthetic and functional beauty, that included LED turn signals built into the side mirrors. The interior was designed to offer high-quality and sporty features with easy and rounded details. The body size was optimal as a driver-oriented car that brought with it improved safety functions, along with great handling and driving performance.

2005.01 B4 “Blitzen 2005 MODEL” released
2005.12 “Blitzen 2006 MODEL” Touring Wagon and B4 released

Naming: English for “passing on great traditions.”
2003. MAY
3rd generation Outback released.
3rd generation Outback
The Outback built on the sophisticated sporty exterior of the Legacy Wagon and adopted specially-designed front and rear bumpers, overhanging fenders and additional side cladding to give it a distinct sense of command and authority. A 200 mm ground clearance gave the car full control over rough roads, as well as excellent on-road driving performance mimicking that of touring wagon models to redefine the “crossover sports” concept.

Naming: English for “the great Australian outdoors.”
2003. AUG
G3X Justy released in Europe
3rd generation Justy
The G3X Justy* was a compact car introduced to the European market as an entry-level model for the crossover vehicle category. Drivers enjoyed the sporty driving feel that Subaru had become known for, and the entire line-up was equipped with DOHC engines and a dynamic design. The G3X Justy was available in an AWD model powered by either a 1.3-litre or 1.5-litre DOHC engine with a variable valve timing (VVT) system, as well as a front-wheel drive model with a 1.3-litre diesel turbo engine. It offered high-performance driving both on rough and on roads, with a minimum ground clearance of 170 mm.
* Produced by Magyar Suzuki (Hungary)

Naming: Stemming from the English word “Just” and implying that the car was “Proper,” “Perfect,” “Ideal” and “Just right.”
2003. OCT
Subaru establishes a new brand message: Think. Feel. Drive.
The new brand message of “Think. Feel. Drive.” represented Subaru's automotive ideals of intelligence and sensitivity. It symbolised Subaru's aim of developing a high-performance premium car that offered a high-level blend of driving, environment, and safety, thus leaving a lasting impression on customers the world over, especially those who truly enjoy the driving experience. In addition, Subaru promised to deliver consistent value in new products and services.
2003. DEC
Subaru R2 released
Featuring a unique and stunning design befitting a compact car coupled with a streamlined package, excellent fuel economy and crash safety, and ease-of-use and agile performance, the R2 was a minicar designed to meet the lingering needs of the market by providing a brand new form of value. A sleek, integrated look was used for the exterior, by incorporating smooth lines and styling to suit the high level of crash safety. The car also benefitted from weight savings throughout the body and a new 4-cylinder DOHC (with AVCS) naturally aspirated engine.

2004.11 Subaru R2 was awarded 2005 RJC Car of the Year “Special Award for Best Mini Passenger Car” 2005.11 Many changes, special edition model “Refl” released 2008.06 Many changes

Naming: The use of a simple and effective symbol notation completely redefined minicars of the past, and helped provide additional value. Revisiting the “R-2” model name announced in 1969 not only created a new image to the name, but also served to carry on Subaru's tradition with building cars.
2005. JAN
Subaru R1 released
Designed primarily for two passengers, the Subaru R1 was a 3-door compact car with streamlined packaging for private use. It offered outstanding fuel economy, superb crash safety levels, a stylish and refined design, a comfortable and function interior, and potential seating arrangements for four passengers if required.

2005.11 Minor changes, new “S” grade added and released
2006.11 Minor changes
2009.11 Special edition model “Premium Black Limited” released

Naming: Used the letter “R” to define Subaru's minicar models for a sense of unity. The difference in size to the “R2” concept was highlighted with the numbers “1” and “2.”
2005. APR
The Subaru B9 Tribeca released
The Subaru B9 Tribeca was developed on the concept of a progressive sport utility vehicle (SUV) that represented the next generation of crossover vehicles. The Subaru B9 Tribeca featured Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive (AWD) with a Horizontally-Opposed boxer engine delivering agile and stable control while ensuring superb manoeuvrability as a SUV, and was the first ever Subaru with seating available for seven passengers.
The largest model in the Subaru line-up, the all-new Subaru B9 Tribeca revealed its roominess in flexible seating arrangements in three rows for seven passengers. Its sporty and dynamic exterior design contrasted with a sophisticated interior design that accentuated stylish comfort and safety.
2006. MAY
SI-DRIVE (SUBARU Intelligent Drive)
“SI-DRIVE (SUBARU Intelligent Drive)” was Subaru’s new proprietary system developed to provide better communication between the driver and car. The system allowed the driver to select from three different modes to suit driving conditions, and raised driving enjoyment dramatically. Three different driving modes, “Intelligent (I)”, “Sport (S)” and “Sport Sharp (S♯)” gave the car three completely different personalities to suit any situation. The system was first installed in 2007 Model Year Legacy/Outback powered by 3.0-litre engines.
2006. JUN
All-new Mini Car Subaru Stella released
1st generation Stella
Japan’s mini car market was steadily expanded as consumers increasingly came to appreciate the ease of use and fuel efficiency that mini cars offered. Seizing upon opportunity in the market, FHI developed the Stella to meet the needs of consumers who placed an emphasis on a spacious interior and convenience of use in mini cars. It boasted top fuel efficiency levels in its class, as well as smooth acceleration, thanks to Subaru’s signature inline, 4-cylinder, 660-cc, compact engine for minicars, and a newly developed i-CVT (intelligent continuously variable transmission).

2009.-- Subaru Plug-in STELLA Concept. a New Prototype Electric Vehicle, unveiled at the G8 Hokkaido Toyako Summit
2009.04 Subaru Plug-in STELLA Prototype developed, 15 models provided to the Ministry of the Environment, Japan
2009.06 Subaru Plug-in STELLA EV released in Japan

Naming: Italian for “Stars.” Designed to brighten up any customer's day.
2007. JUN
3rd generation Impreza released
3rd generation Impreza
The 3rd generation Impreza was developed with the “new style of comfort” concept, and adopted a streamlined, efficient 5-door package based on smooth driving and high level of safety stemming from the combination of Subaru's core technology: its Horizontally-Opposed engine and new body layout. Featuring three different elements in one - “Stylish design,” “Easy-to-use packaging” and “Dependable and precise, enjoyable driving,” the 3rd generation Impreza was released to define a new global standard in motoring.

2007.04 All-New Subaru Impreza unveiled at the New York International Auto Show
2007.10 Additional model “WRX STI” released
2008.10 Modified 4-door “Impreza Anesis*” released * ANESIS: Greek for “safety" “comfort” “reliability” and “relaxation”
2010.01 “S205” released by STI* *SUBARU TECNICA INTERNATIONAL INC.
2010.04 WRX STI 4-Door prototype posted a 7:55:00 time around Nordschleife (“Northern Loop”) of the Nurburgring, Germany
2010.06 Modified crossover model “Impreza XV*1” released *1: XV, short for X = Crossover, V = Vehicle
2010.07 “WRX STI” modified, additional 4-door model released
2011.11 “S206” released by STI* *SUBARU TECNICA INTERNATIONAL INC.

Naming: English for “Impression.”
2007. MAY
New Subaru Tribeca released
Advancing the concept of a progressive sports utility vehicle (SUV), the new Tribeca was released featuring powerful new styling, improved performance, enhanced comfort and functionality. Its exterior design stressed a more SUV-like appearance with a new front face design. The revamped Tribeca is equipped with a newly designed 3.6-litre boxer engine. Although larger and more powerful than the previous 3-litre engine, the new engine delivers both improved performance and fuel efficiency in real world driving situations. Design modifications in its cooling system enabled the use of regular unleaded fuel, a change from premium only, helping to lower consumer operating costs.
2007. SEP
New Justy, Subaru's entry model introduced in the European market
4th generation Justy
Entry model for Europe.
The new Justy offered drivers outstanding control and a spacious interior, combined with superior fuel economy and environmentally-friendly running with its 1.0-litre engine. The Justy was marketed in two grades: the sport “1.0S” and the highly practical “1.0E.” Both came equipped with a FWD drivetrain and 5-speed manual transmission for enjoyable, agile handling.

Naming: Stemming from the English word “Just” and implying that the car was “Proper,” “Perfect,” “Ideal” and “Just right.”
2007. DEC
New generation crossover “NEW Forester” released
3rd generation Forester
Based on the “Best Balance for Active Life” product concept and featuring various improvements to make customers' lifestyles even more active and entertaining. The 3rd generation Forester was developed with a priority focus on fusing the three main elements of ease-of-use “packaging,” “performance” backed with Symmetrical AWD stability, and “eco-friendly” to meet greater social needs.

2010.10 Modified model and additional “S-EDITION” model released

Naming: English for “Person living in the woods” or “Person raised in the woods.”
2008. MAR
Subaru's 50th anniversary.
Fuji Heavy Industries celebrated an exciting 50 years of manufacturing the Subaru brand since the “Subaru360” minicar was released on March 3, 1958. The Subaru360 was developed as a reasonably-priced model featuring a compact body and outstanding packaging, and played a pivotal role within automotive history in Japan.
2008. JUN
Development of new “SUBARU Plug-in STELLA Concept” electric vehicle announced.
The Subaru Plug-in STELLA Concept combined the EV system employed in the R1e, with the Subaru STELLA mini car. The resulting vehicle represented an optimised model that offered the compact packaging and superb utility of the STELLA to meet a wider array of market needs.
2008. JUN
New Model Subaru EXIGA, a seven-seater for panorama touring, unveiled
Based on the concept of a seven-seater with panoramic visibility for the touring experience, the EXIGA was developed to provide a safe and pleasant journey for all occupants. Capitalising on its accumulated know-how from building wagons and crossover SUVs, Subaru succeeded in creating an open and comfortable interior for all the passengers to easily engage in conversation and share the experience of touring, enhanced by dramatic wide-angle views through the windows.

2007.10 Touring 7-seater “EXIGA Concept” unveiled at the 40th Tokyo Motor Show 2007
2009.09 Exiga was drastically modified
2010.08 Exiga modified
2011.06 Exiga modified
2012.07 Exiga modified Equipped with advanced driving support system “EyeSight (ver.2)”

Naming: Named for its exciting and active image.
2008. NOV
New compact car DEX released
With preferences and requirements for cars diversifying, Subaru aimed to invent new value in the widely popular compact car class with the Dex.
The Dex was designed with the concept of “Square Utility Compact” and focusing on the daily ease-of-use and unique design required for this class resulted in a model that could meet the lifestyles of customers “looking for a fun daily driver centred around city driving.”

Naming: Stemming from the word “Dexterity” and featuring a sport, intelligent design.
2009. MAY
5th generation Legacy released
5th generation Legacy
Subaru's core Legacy series was released with a full model change. The 5th generation Legacy was built on the “Grand Touring Innovation” concept and featured key proprietary technology such as the Symmetrical AWD platform built around the Horizontally-Opposed engine. Driving performance and safety developed from the 1st generation were enhanced even further, combined with greater comfort for all passengers as well as eco-friendly driving. This Legacy came with the newly developed CVT “Lineartronic” and “Cradle Frame Mount” technologies.

2010.05 Advanced “EyeSight (ver.2)” driving support system was installed in the Legacy/Outback (Japanese specifications) 2012.05 “2.0GT DIT” powered by the 2.0-litre Horizontally-Opposed 4-cylinder DOHC direct injection turbo engine released

Naming: English for “passing on great traditions.”
2009. MAY
4th generation Outback released.
4th generation Outback
Subaru's core Legacy series was released with a full model change. The 4th generation Outback was built on the “Grand Touring Innovation” concept and featured key proprietary technology such as the Symmetrical AWD platform built around the Horizontally-Opposed engine. Driving performance and safety developed from the 1st generation were enhanced even further, combined with greater comfort for all passengers as well as eco-friendly driving. This Outback came with the newly developed CVT “Lineartronic” and “Cradle Frame Mount” technologies.

2010.05 Advanced “EyeSight (ver.2)” driving support system was installed in the Legacy/Outback (Japanese specifications)

Naming: English for “the great Australian outdoors.”
2010. APR
WRX STI 4-Door prototype posted a 7:55:00 time around Nordschleife (“Northern Loop”) of the Nurburgring, Germany.
Former-WRC driver Tommi Makinen drove a 4-door WRX STI around the Northern Loop of the Nurburgring in German, posting a 7:55 time.
2010. APR
2nd generation Pleo released
2nd generation Pleo
The concept behind the new Pleo was “ideal compact size for outstanding practicality and economy,” and it was a minicar designed to be easy to drive and simple, coupled with a great design. Practicality and economy in the form of a comfortable interior and great fuel efficiency made it the ideal minicar for exciting, day-to-day driving. All NA models were covered by the eco-car subsidy (subsidy for promoting the sales of eco-friendly cars) among other features that were focused on the environment.

2012.12 New minicar Pleo Plus released
Naming: Latin for “More, to completion.” The name also inspired the “Let’s play! Let’s go!” attitude.
2010. APR
Newly designed minicar LUCRA released
With a “comfortable, spacious and stylishly small” concept, the Lucra was a passenger car designed to fit in with any lifestyle with its spacious and open cabin, and polished design.

2012.01 LUCRA series modified. Equipped with Idle Stop system
2012.05 LUCRA Custom model minicar with turbo engine released

Naming: Coined from the initials of “Large” “Utility” “Comfort” “Relax” “Active.” Offered a comfortable, spacious cabin, with a refined, easy-to-use image.
2010. JUL
2011 Impreza WRX Models released
Both 5-door and 4-door models were released with a wide-body design for the first time. The exterior design, including newly designed front area, projected a sporty and powerful road presence. The new model also enhanced sportiness, thanks to its wider track.
2010. NOV
FHI’s brand statement “Confidence in Motion” developed as the key to the new age of Subaru.
FHI developed a new globally standard brand statement “Confidence in Motion” for Subaru. “Confidence” embodied Subaru’s unwavering approach to creating reliable cars, and represented the valuable relationship that Subaru had built up with fans in its quest for delivering peace of mind and enjoyment. “in Motion” took the “Confidence” that had been developed to suit the ever-changing environment a step further, and symbolised Subaru’s steadfast commitment to meeting the requests of customers with revolutionary products and technologies.
2010. NOV
New compact car Subaru TREZIA released
With a body size less than 4 metres in length, the “New Compact Smart Wagon” was the keyword for creating a compact touring car with Subaru's renowned wagon styling.

2011.11 Modified special edition model “Sport Limited” released
2012.08 Minor changes. Paddle-shift added to 1.5-litre models

Naming: From the English word “Treasure” and implying a driving experience like none other.
2011. MAY
Newly designed minicar Stella released
2nd generation Stella
The new Stella was designed with the “Smart Active Small” concept, and was a compact car that offered a spacious interior, easy handling and outstanding fuel efficiency.

2013.01 Stella modified Equipped with the first crash avoidance system for minicars 2013.08 Stella Custom equipped with “Smart Assist” crash avoidance system

Naming: Italian for “Stars.” Designed to brighten up any customer's day.
2011. JUN
Subaru WRX STI won the SP3T class of the 24 Hours Nurburgring.
Subaru took part in the 24 Hours Nurburgring race with the WRX STI, and claimed victory in the SP3T class (turbo cars engine size of 2.0L or less).
2011. DEC
The 4th generation all-new Impreza was developed.
4th generation Impreza
This fourth generation all-new Impreza was developed under the concept of “Redefining Value, Redefining Class”. Its aim is to provide a new level of value not known to exist until now. Superior reliability, handling and safety features of the Subaru Symmetrical AWD (All-Wheel Drive) system with the Horizontally-Opposed Boxer engine at its core - these among many other qualities have made possible a safe and environmentally-friendly high grade global car while enhancing the sportiness of the Impreza.

2010.11 “Subaru Impreza Concept” was unveiled at the 2010 LA Auto Show. 2011.04 Subaru Exhibits All-New Impreza at New York International Auto Show. 2013.03 World Premiere of the “SUBARU WRX CONCEPT” at the 2013 New York International Auto Show.

Naming: English for “Impression.”
2012. FEB
Subaru Commemorates the 40th Anniversary of Its AWD Vehicles.
This year marked the 40th anniversary of the debut of Subaru all-wheel drive (AWD) vehicles since the Subaru Leone Estate Van 4WD was first introduced in Japan in 1972. Over the past 40 years, FHI continued to be a pioneer of passenger AWD vehicles. The total production*1 of Subaru AWD vehicles reached 11,782,812 units (as of January 31, 2012), or approximately 55.7% of total Subaru vehicle sales.

*1 including production of part-time 4WD vehicles
2012. FEB
FHI Gunma Oizumi Plant Marks 30 Years of Production.
The FHI Gunma Plant complex consists of five automobile production plants located mainly around Ota in Gunma Prefecture, Japan. The Oizumi Plant, one of the Gunma plants, produces all types of Horizontally-Opposed Boxer engines (1.6-litre, 2.0-litre, 2.5-litre and 3.6-litre) and all transmissions, including the Lineartronic-CVT.
2012. FEB
Production of Minicars Ends
FHI rolled the final Sambar commercial minicar off the production line today, bringing to an end the manufacture of all minicar models.

Subaru’s renowned automotive history in Japan dates back to 1958 with the release of the “Subaru 360.” Minicars were key models for the Subaru brand, with almost 8 million units from nine different model lines produced over 54 years. With features including all-wheel drive and CVT, Subaru’s minicars were acclaimed for functionality and utility on par with regular passenger and commercial models.
2012. FEB
“SUBARU BRZ” released
“Pure Handling Delight - the driving experience taken to a new level”
By mounting the Subaru Boxer engine as low as possible within the chassis and closer to its centre, the boxer’s inherent advantages of low centre of gravity, light weight, and compact size were maximised. Subaru BRZ achieved the honour of having one of the lowest possible centres of gravity in the world. A fun sports car that any driver could enjoy driving with peace of mind.

2011.09 “SUBARU BRZ PROLOGUE - BOXER Sports Car Architecture II -” unveiled at the 64th Frankfurt Motor Show.
2011.11 “SUBARU BRZ CONCEPT - STI -” made its World Premiere at the Los Angeles Auto Show
2011.12 SUBARU BRZ unveiled at the 42nd Tokyo Motor Show
2012.05 Subaru BRZ Named “VDI Car of the Year” by 2012 Vehicle Dynamics International Awards

Naming: The name “BRZ” stands for “Boxer engine” “Rear-wheel drive” “Zenith”; it also embodied Subaru’s passion for an ultimate sports car that features Subaru’s core technology: the Horizontally-Opposed Boxer engine.
2012. JUN
SIA Becomes First U.S. Car Manufacturing Plant to Receive ISO 50001 Certification.
The North American production base, Subaru of Indiana Automotive Inc. (SIA) received ISO 50001 Certification as the first car manufacturing plant in the U.S. to achieve this internationally recognised accreditation.
Launched in 2011, ISO 50001 outlines the internationally recognised requirements for energy management systems (EnMS). The standard provides organizations with management strategies to increase energy efficiency, reduce costs and improve energy performance.
2012. OCT
All-New “SUBARU XV” released
The new Subaru XV was released. FHI planned to introduce the new XV as a strategic model to provide customers with “Enjoyment and Peace of Mind” through Subaru’s new “Confidence in Motion” brand statement.
The fundamental product concept that Subaru adopted for the XV was “Urban Adventure.” In specific terms, a vehicle that was perfectly suited to exciting, lively, yet stress-free use in the city. Thus, Subaru balanced optimal performance factors such as fuel efficiency and enjoyable driving (Fun to Drive) with a stylish, highly distinctive exterior design.
2012. NOV
4th generation Forester released
4th generation Forester
The new Forester was developed to “Deliver the real value of an SUV.” Built around Subaru's proprietary Symmetrical AWD technology, the basic performance areas of any car - driving, safety and environmental - were enhanced further to give greater enjoyment as an SUV, as well as greatly improving fun as a mode for stress-free driving and mobility.
2012. DEC
First Subaru XV Rolls off the Production Line in Malaysia
FHI announced that it began production of the Subaru XV crossover SUV at a Malaysian assembly plant of Tan Chong Motor Assemblies Sdn. Bhd (TCMA), an automotive assembly company of the Tan Chong Group. The official ceremony to mark the start of production was held at the TCMA plant on December 19.
2013. JUN
The Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid was released as Subaru's first hybrid vehicle and like all Subaru models embodied the “Enjoyment and Peace of Mind” driving experience of the Subaru brand. In addition to the XV Crosstrek's original attributes: superb driveability, All-Wheel drive (AWD) capability and versatile utility, Subaru's original hybrid system was integrated into the model, furthering its sporty, fun to drive character and environmental friendliness.
2013. JUL
Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd., 60th anniversary of the company.
FHI marked its 60th anniversary. The origins of FHI go back to the 1917 following the founding of the “Aircraft Research Laboratory” which was later incorporated as “Nakajima Aircraft Co. Ltd”. After World War II, Nakajima Aircraft was re-organised as “Fuji Sangyo Co. Ltd”. Fuji Sangyo was divided into 12 separate companies in 1950 and shortly thereafter, on July 15 of 1953, five of those companies merged to form “Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd.”.
2014. JAN
Subaru Reached Milestone of 20 Million Units in Japan
Subaru reached a milestone of 20 million units in Japan since the start of production began in 1958 with the “Subaru 360.” In the earlier days, production models included mini-vehicles, Subaru 1000, Leone and Justy, and later moved on to Legacy, Impreza and Forester, among others. In these 56 years, the production total accumulated to 20 million units.
2014. FEB
All-New “WRX” Revealed
All-new Subaru WRX released.
With “Pure Power in Your Control” as the concept of the all-new WRX, the intense power and superior environmental friendliness of the 2.0-litre Horizontally-Opposed direct injection turbo “DIT” engine was combined with a body and chassis that was thoroughly stiffened. The standard six-speed manual transmission was also complemented with a new Sport Lineartronic transmission.
2014. APR
“LEVORG” released
“LEVORG” prototype released.
The new sports tourer Levorg was the fruit of Subaru's commitment to driving enjoyment and practical touring abilities, delivering a stress-free drive even in long distances. Levorg is the embodiment of Subaru’s longtime achievements and symbolizes the latest Subaru standards. Levorg combined smooth and lively power, with an exquisite and stylish design with abundant load capacity.
2014. APR
All-New WRX STI released
6th generation WRX STI released.
The new sports tourer Levorg was the fruit of Subaru's commitment to driving enjoyment and practical touring abilities, delivering a stress-free drive even in long distances. Levorg is the embodiment of Subaru’s longtime achievements and symbolizes the latest Subaru standards. Levorg combined smooth and lively power, with an exquisite and stylish design with abundant load capacity.
2014. JUN
6th Generation “Legacy” released
6th generation WRX STI released.
The new Legacy ushered in the sixth generation of its model, a full 25 years since the first generation Legacy was released in 1989. The Legacy's polish gave it universal appeal as a true sports sedan providing trust-inspiring driving excitement, an inspiration to drivers to dream bigger and imagine a fuller lifestyle.
2014. JUN
5th Generation "Outback" released
5th Generation Outback released.
It was the 5th generation of this model since the original version appeared in 1995. The common value linking all these models has been the crossover concept, which integrates the strengths of passenger car and SUV. In developing each generation, Subaru has consistently sought to deliver a presence and value that reflects its flagship crossover model.
2014. AUG
Corporate Headquarters Relocated to New Ebisu Subaru Building
The corporate headquarters in Tokyo was relocated to the new Ebisu Subaru Building. Its design features a sense of “speed” and “dynamism” like those felt with automobiles. Externally and internally, the building incorporates dynamic horizontal motifs evocative of the Subaru spirit, and the building also serves as a base to deliver FHI/Subaru messages, with Subaru models on display in the 1st floor showroom enhancing Subaru's brand message communication.
2015. MAY
WRX STI Scored Class Win in the 2015 Nürburgring 24-Hour Race
The “Subaru WRX STI NBR Challenge 2015” racing car developed by Subaru Tecnica International (STI) took the SP3T class win in the 2015 Nürburgring 24-Hour Race held in Germany. The victory was a testament that the WRX STI was capable of fully exerting its AWD (All-Wheel Drive) sports performance on circuits such as the Nürburgring which is one of the most challenging and dangerous tracks in the world that is open to the public.
2016. MAR
Subaru Reached 15 Million AWD Vehicle Production Milestone
Subaru reached a milestone of 15 million units total production of its All-Wheel Drive vehicles. The milestone was achieved in the 44th year since Subaru started producing AWD vehicles with the introduction of the Subaru Leone 4WD Estate Van in September 1972. Since then, Subaru has been continuously enhancing its AWD technology and the basic functions of its cars. In 2015, AWD models accounted for 98% of Subaru’s global sales.
2016. MAR
“Subaru Global Platform” Announced
The Subaru Global Platform was announced, developed as the architecture to be used for all next-generation vehicles. Designed with the future in mind, features include the biggest-ever enhancement in overall vehicle performance, with an emotionally engaging “Dynamic feel” that goes beyond high performance, and the world’s highest levels of safety, in a single design concept for development of all models, adaptable to electrification.
2016. MAY
50th Anniversary of the Horizontally-Opposed “BOXER” Engine
Subaru celebrated the 50th anniversary of its horizontally-opposed “BOXER” engine. The signature BOXER engine was introduced with the Subaru 1000 compact passenger car in 1966. Since then, Subaru maximized the advantages of its BOXER engines and continuously enhanced them to power its vehicles. Today, every vehicle sold by Subaru is fitted with a Boxer engine and total production over the past 50 years reached 16 million units.
2016. MAY
WRX STI Scored Back-to-Back Class Win in the 2016 Nürburgring 24-Hour Race
The “Subaru WRX STI NBR Challenge 2016” racing car developed by Subaru Tecnica International (STI) won the SP3T class again in the 2016 Nürburgring 24-Hour Race held in Germany. This marked the 4th win in the SP3T class for STI following its victory in 2015 race. The victory is a testament that the Subaru WRX STI is capable of fully exerting its AWD (All-Wheel Drive) sports performance on circuits such as the Nürburgring.
2016. AUG
Subaru 360 Model K111 Designated as Mechanical Engineering Heritage Item
A Subaru 360 Model K111 minicar preserved by FHI was designated by the Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers (JSME) as a Mechanical Engineering Heritage item for 2016. Launched in 1958, the Subaru 360 was Subaru’s first mass-produced minicar. It seated four adult passengers with ease and offered a comfortable ride. Nicknamed the “ladybug”, it gained wide popularity in Japan for its compact design and practical layout.
2016. OCT
5th Generation “Impreza” released
5th Generation Impreza released.
It employed the completely revamped Subaru Global Platform architecture for the first time, significantly enhancing the body and chassis rigidity and strength. The Impreza was the first production model to fully incorporate the DYNAMIC x SOLID design philosophy. It also featured a greatly enhanced interior and exterior finish as a next-generation C segment model.
2016. NOV
First American-made Impreza Rolled Off Assembly Line at Subaru Plant in Indiana
Production of the 17MY Subaru Impreza began at Subaru's U.S. plant, Subaru of Indiana Automotive Inc. (SIA), and the first-ever American-made Impreza rolled off the assembly line on November 1, 2016. While the Impreza had historically been produced only in Japan, FHI decided to move the production of the Impreza to the U.S. because of increased American demand for Subaru vehicles, as evidenced by eight consecutive years of increased sales in the U.S.
2017. APR
Company Name Changed to SUBARU CORPORATION
Fuji Heavy Industries changed its company name to SUBARU CORPORATION from April 1, 2017. To mark the change, the all-new Impreza launched in Japan in October 2016 and a large-scale model of the advanced variant of the 412EPI helicopter were displayed at the Head Office ceremony to symbolize Subaru’s commitment to growth as a distinctive global brand in the automotive and aerospace industries.
2017. MAY
All-New ”SUBARU XV” released
All-New SUBARU XV released.
Representing the first full model change since the original Subaru XV was launched in 2012, the new model offered a distinctive design and enhanced drivability on poor road surfaces, and adopted the all-new Subaru Global Platform to achieve world-class collision safety and superior hazard avoidance as well as dramatic advances in driver-responsive handling and ride comfort.
2017. JUN
Subaru Launches the “Subaru Forest Project” for Environmental Conservation in Japan
Subaru Corporation revised its environmental policy on April 1, 2017, launching the “Subaru Forest Project” starting at its Bifuka Proving Ground in Hokkaido.
With the declaration, “The earth, the sky and nature are Subaru’s fields of business,” Subaru considers the planet’s ecosystem of utmost importance for the future sustainability of society. The Subaru Forest Project involves planting new trees, thinning and other environmental conservation activities in forests on Company properties. As part of its corporate social responsibility (CSR), Subaru aims to provide “Enjoyment and Peace of Mind” while helping to improve society and the environment.
2017. NOV
Subaru released its largest ever model, a family-sized SUV with seven- or eight- passenger configurations for the North American Market. Combining excellent versatility and a spacious interior with Subaru’s renowned drivability based on the Subaru Global Platform, for class-leading comfort and safety.
The all-new Ascent is powered by an all-new 2.4-litre 4-cylinder Boxer direct fuel injection turbo engine, offering drivability and fuel economy equal to or better than that of 6-cylinder engines. It comes standard with EyeSight Driver Assist Technology and Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, with X-Mode for the optimal blend of drivability and SUV capability. The all-new Ascent will be built at Subaru’s US plant, Subaru of Indiana Automotive, Inc. and delivered to Subaru retailers in early summer 2018.
2018. MAR
SUBARU60th anniversary
The SUBARU brand celebrated a milestone with its 60th anniversary.
2018. MAR
All-New Forester released
5th generation Forester released worldwide.
As one of Subaru’s top-selling models, the all-new Forester features packaging that allows all passengers to share comfort and enjoyment, balancing easy handling with a spacious interior, and user-friendly features. It combines the hardiness of an SUV with comfort and convenience in line with Subaru’s design philosophy “Dynamic x Solid.”
Built on the Subaru Global Platform, the all-new Forester achieves top-of-its-class collision safety and hazard avoidance. Comfortable drivability is backed by Subaru core technologies like EyeSight driver assist system, Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive built around a newly developed 2.5-litre direct-injection engine, and X-Mode for enhanced all-terrain drivability.
2018. MAY
Subaru WRX STI Won the SP3T Class in Nürburgring 24-Hour Race
Subaru Corporation proudly announces that its motorsports subsidiary, Subaru Tecnica International (STI) won its SP3T class in the 2018 Nürburgring 24-Hour Race held in Germany from May 11 to 13. The winning “Subaru WRX STI NBR Challenge 2018” machine was developed based on a WRX STI mass-production model.
Starting from pole position, the team experienced mechanical trouble early on, however the team of mechanics and four drivers, Carlo van Dam (Netherlands), Tim Schrick (Germany), Hideki Yamauchi (Japan) and Takuto Iguchi (Japan), closed the gap and regained the top position. Weather conditions worsened later, but the Symmetrical AWD (All-Wheel Drive) of the WRX STI proved its worth by passing competitors in higher classes. The car suffered engine trouble just an hour before the finish, but it returned to the course to win the SP3T class in 62nd position overall.

This marks the 5th win in the SP3T class for Subaru/STI team, taking revenge from their loss last year. The victory is a testament to the AWD sports performance that the Subaru WRX STI is capable of.
2018. SEP
SUBARU XV e-BOXER model released
SUBARU XV grade equipped with e-BOXER released Subaru released an enhanced grade of the SUBARU XV, dubbed “Advance” and powered with the e-BOXER engine. A special campaign site was launched in September introducing the “Advance,” with pre-orders available at Subaru dealerships.

The SUBARU XV was developed with the concept of Fun Adventure, with a sophisticated urban design backed with SUV versatility and class-leading safety. The new “Advance” grade is powered by the e-BOXER engine, combining Subaru’s proprietary Boxer engine with an electric motor for smooth, nimble acceleration as well as capable performance and everyday drivability. The model was also upgraded with innovative enhancements and a fresh “Lagoon Blue Pearl” to suit the concept of the “Advance.”