- Established - 1953
- Headquarters - Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan
- Parent company - Fuji Heavy Industries
Subaru, a division of the transportation giant Fuji Heavy Industries, shares its name with the Japanese word for the Pleiades star cluster (better known as The Seven Sisters and the inspiration for the Subaru logo). In 2011, it was the world’s 26th largest car manufacturer (based on production numbers).
Subaru is known for its use of the boxer engine in many of its designs above 1500cc. They're also recognised for their use of an all-wheel drive train, which became standard in most of its mid-size and smaller cars in 1996.
Subaru have a long history on the rally circuit. The Subaru World Rally team have had great success in the WRC with drivers such as Richard Burns and Colin McRae. The team took the manufacturer’s title three years in a row, between 1995 and 1997.