Subaru is a division of Japanese transportation conglomerate Subaru Corporation (formerly known as Fuji Heavy Industries) that was created to venture into automobile manufacturing. In 1954, Subaru released its first car named Subaru 1500, but only 20 were built due to funding and support issues. The Japanese automaker entered the United States market in 1968, with the founding of Subaru of America. After two decades, it opened its sole overseas plant in Lafayette, Indiana. Unlike many of its Japanese rivals, Subaru still builds almost 75 percent of its cars sold internationally in Japan.
The Subaru brand successfully inspired an impressive following among car enthusiasts, especially among young and educated buyers who love its signature drive train engine, all-wheel/rough-road capabilities or its low-priced sports car markets.
Here are some interesting facts about Subaru:
- Most Subaru models in North America are known for having the flat/boxer engine and symmetrical all-wheel-drive as standard equipment to provide better responsiveness, traction, balance and control.
- Subaru is the Japanese name of the six-star cluster called Pleiades in the Taurus constellation. Kenji Kita, founder and CEO of Fuji Industries, revealed that it is a name “he had been cherishing in his heart.”
- Subaru has won 47 manufacturer titles in the World Rally Championships since 1973, according to Motorsports Etc. It was the first Japanese marque to win the title for three consecutive years in the 1990s.
- Some of the distinctions Subaru has achieved include having a Highway Safety Top Safety Pick Award for every model in its lineup, and, being the industry leader in retained value among popular car brands according to Automotive Lease Guide).
- Ninety five (95) percent of Subaru vehicles sold in the last 10 years are still on the road, based on IHS Automotive Polk Total Registrations from 2004 to 2013.
Popular models from Subaru include:
1. Subaru Impreza
2. Subaru Legacy
3. Subaru Forester
4. Subaru WRX
5. Subaru Outback
6. Subaru Baja
7. Subaru Tribeca
8. Subaru BRZ
9. Subaru Crosstrek
10. Subaru WRX STI
Why should I run a Subaru VIN Check?
- Check for accidents. Every year, approximately 6.0 million automobile accidents are reported by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
- Check for title brands. Flood, hail-damage, and salvage titles are examples of critical title brands.
- Check for special purpose designations, including taxi-use, rental-use, or police-use.
- Check for thefts. Lookup a VIN to check for an active theft or previously recovered theft record.
Run a Subaru VIN Check to uncover the full-story of your next vehicle.