Subaru is an automobile brand of Fuji Heavy Industries company, headquartered in Japan. It got its name after a Japanese name for the Pleiades star cluster M45, or "The Seven Sisters". However, you can see only six stars on the Subaru logo as one of the stars is believed to be invisible. more
Fuji Heavy Industries was founded in 1915 by Chikuhei Nakajima. First, it produced aircraft and motor scooters, but in 1954, the company presented its first car model, P1, which was later called Subaru 1500. When the car was developed, the company’s owner announced a contest in order to choose the name for a new automobile brand. However, as he didn’t like any of the offered variants, he created the brand name himself.
Subaru is famous for the use of the boxer engine layout and Symmetrical All Wheel Drive drive-train layout in the majority of its vehicles. In addition, the brand also offers turbocharged versions of its cars Impreza, Legacy, Outback and Forester.
In 1968, Nissan bought 20.4% stake of Subaru. In 1999, Nissan became strategic partners with Renault and formed Renault–Nissan Alliance with Renault holding 43.4% stake in Nissan and Nissan having 15% stake in Renault. Just the same year, 20% of the company shares were sold to General Motors. Thus, Subaru sold Opel Zafira as Subaru Traviq while rebadged Subaru models were sold as Chevrolet and Saab. In 2005, General Motors sold 8.7% stake to Toyota Motor Corporation.
Subaru does its best to reduce harmful emissions of its plants and cars. The plant in Lafayette, Indiana, has become the first one, which emits nothing into a landfill. In addition, the brand uses highly recyclable materials throughout its cars. Subaru also produces electric and hybrid cars, the first of which, Subaru Stella Plug-in electric vehicle, was presented in 2006.