Subaru History

  • Fuji jidosha Kogyo, Co., Ltd., established
  • Subaru 360 minicar unveiled

  • Subaru Sambar truck released
  • 4-door sedan released
  • Subaru R-2 released

  • Leone coupe released
  • Subaru of America, Subaru Brat released

  • Subaru XT (Alcoyne) released in the United States
  • Subaru Tecnica International Inc. established
  • Subaru Legacy sets a world record for going 100,000 km in 447 hours, 44 minutes, and 9.887 seconds

  • 2nd Generation Legacy released
  • Bean bumper-to-bumper recycling
  • Subaru Forester Released

  • Development of the 6-cylinder engine

  • Subaru Baja unveiled

  • New Subaru Forester released
  • Forester awarded top rating in IIHS crash tests

  • Brand messaged changed to "Think.Feel. Drive."
  • Full model change for the Legacy
  • 3rd Generation Outback released

  • Subaru B9 Tribeca unveiled

  • Developed SI-DRIVE (Subaru Intelligent Drive)

  • 3rd Generation Impreza and Forester released

  • Subaru's 50th anniversary

  • 5th Generation Legacy released
  • 4th Generation Outback released
  • All Subaru models awarded IIHS Top Safety Pick

  • Released Advanced EyeSight driving support system

  • Subaru XV unveiled at Frankfurt Motor Show
  • 4th Generation Impreza developed

  • 40th anniversary of Subaru All-Wheel Drive vehicles
  • Subaru BRZ introduced in Japan
  • Subaru XV Crosstrek unveiled at New York International Auto Show
  • First Subaru XV is produced in Malaysia
  • 4th Generation Forester released

  • Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid introducted at New York International Auto Show
  • Fuji Heavy Industried Ltd., 60th anniversary

Subaru, originally known as Fuji Heavy Industries, emerged out of the end World War II in Japan, when a number of smaller manufacturers decided to merge to form the company. These four original manufacturers included engine makers, coachbuilders, chassis builders, and scooter manufacturers.

The CEO of Fuji Heavy Industries at the time, Kenji Kita, wanted the company to become involved in car manufacturing. And soon plans began for a car entitled the P-1 were formed. Mr. Kita looked far and wide for a name that was more inspiring than that, but heard no proposals that he took to. In the end, he named the car something 'close to his heart'; Subaru. Subaru is the name of the Pleiades star cluster in Japan. The first Subaru car was named the Subaru 1500, and in the following years, the company engineered dozens of more models like the Sambar, the R-2, the Alcyone, the Exiga, and in later years, models that we would recognize today, like the Forester, Impreza, and Legacy begin to emerge in the 1990s.

Subaru first established a presence in the US in 1968, and their Subaru of Indiana production plant is one of the only ones in the country to be designated a Backyard Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation. The automaker does even more for the environment in addition to that prestigious rating, and has made a name for themselves in the Rally Sports world as well.

To learn more about Subaru here in our Norwalk, CT area, visit our dealership soon. Our Subaru dealership proudly serves Connecticut drivers with a comprehensive selection of new Subaru and certified Subaru models. Visit Garavel Subaru for a test drive today.



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