Subaru Motor Company is a Japanese automobile manufacturer, and is a subsidiary of Fuji Heavy Industries (FHI). General Motors was a minority shareholder with 20% of this company between 1999 and 2005, when they sold 8.7% of their shares to Toyota, and the rest left it to the open market. Toyota has expanded its participation and since 2008 has 16.5% of the shares.
SUBARU is a Japanese word that means "The Pleiades". For those who know this brand and the logo 6 stars, 5 of the same size and a larger this refers to the constellation of the Pleiades, symbol of the union of five shipbuilders after the Second World War and that now make up "Fuji Heavy Industries LTD. Of Japan "which is symbolized by the biggest star.
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In 2004, Subaru manufactured 601,505 vehicles, surpassing the 544,868 in 2003. The figure placed Subaru in 19th place in the world ranking of manufacturers, while in 2014 it had the seventh consecutive growth in sales in the US. UU and I add a total worldwide sales of 889,000 units. Subaru was founded in 1953 and its first model was the Subaru 360 that was launched in 1958. In 1966 it launched its 1000 model, the first front-wheel drive car mass-produced in Japan. Another milestone was the SW 4WD truck from 1972, the first four-wheel drive car in the world.
Subaru is a pioneer in the use of all-wheel drive in passenger cars. All its models (except a subcompact that only sells in Japan) have this system, either as standard or optionally. Another peculiarity is the use of the boxer motor of horizontally opposed cylinders, which provides its cars with a lower center of gravity than the cars that mount engines with V-cylinders or in line.
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It should be remembered that Subaru presented the new WRX STI 2018 just a couple of months ago at the Frankfurt Motor Show 2017. The new version stands out for aesthetic novelties that go through more aggressive and sharp lines, as well as a more comfortable and technological. The model price starts at 46,900 euros.
For the moment, Subaru has not informed about the future plans to make it possible for the Subaru WRX STI to return to Europe, but according to various media the next generation could equip a hybrid engine that would open the door to the return to the Old Continent. Thus, instead of a single gasoline boxer engine, the vehicle would also mount an electric propeller in the rear, which would even allow it to increase its performance.
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Although Subaru has participated in the World Rally Championship several times since 1980, it was not until September 1989, when the Subaru World Rally Team was created. Subaru Técnica Internacional (STI), with its president Ryuichiro Kuze forged an association with the British firm Prodrive, to prepare and enter with the recently introduced Legacy RS in the World Championship. On December 16, 2008, the Japanese house Subaru has announced by means of a statement its withdrawal from the 2009 World Rally Championship. The news comes only twenty-four hours after the abandonment of Suzuki.