Subaru can trace its roots back to 1953 when Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. was created from the investment of five companies — Fuji Kogyo, Fuji Jidosha, Omiya Fuji Kogyo, Utsunomiya Sharyo and Tokyo Fuji Sangyo — as an aircraft manufacturing, sales, and maintenance company.
First Cars and Partnerships
The first car produced was the Subaru 1500, and it had a 1.5 liter, four-cylinder OHV engine. But only 20 of these cars were manufactured because multiple issues with supply came up.
In 1966, FHI’s first compact passenger car powered by the boxer engine, the Subaru 1000, was released. This offered driving stability and a comfortable interior, in addition to technical features such as the front-wheel drive platform, a horizontally-opposed engine, inboard brakes, and an independent four-wheel suspension system.
They would go on throughout the decades to innovate and release dozens of models that appealed to everyone from families looking for a safe commute to those who liked to go off-road. Part of this innovation was due to many of the partnerships Subaru has had through the years.