Subaru Heritage

Trace Subaru's history of vehicle developmentback to the 1950s.

1953: Subaru Corporation (formerly known as Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd.) was established.

1954: The first prototype 4-wheel passenger vehicle P-1, later known as the Subaru 1500, was completed.

1957: Prototype K-10 was completed.

1958: Subaru 360 was released. This passenger car became a milestone in our automobile history and enjoyed tremendous popularity for more than a decade.subaru360



1961: The Subaru Sambar truck was released.

1966: 2nd generation of the Subaru Sambar was released.

1966: Subaru 1000 was released as the first compact passenger car powered by the Boxer Engine. It also offered driving stability, a comfortable interior and the front-wheel drive platform.

1969: Subaru R-2 was released, replacing the Subaru 360 and offering a refined style and roomy interiors that could comfortably seat four people.

1971: Subaru Leone was released.

1972: Subaru Leone, the first Four Wheel Drive commercial vehicle was released.

1972: The Subaru Rex was launched as the succesor to the Subaru R-2. It was a hit thanks to its youthful dynamic image and traditional minicar features, including superior handling, driving stability, riding comfort, and fuel economy.

1973: The 3rd generation Sambar was released, with a switch from an air-cooled engine to a water-cooled one.

1977: The Subaru Brat was released, based on the Leone 4WD but with a two-seater cabin and a cargo bed at the rear.

1979: The 2nd generation Leone was released with a larger body size and 1,800cc engine.



1981: The 2nd generation Rex was released with a change from a rear-engine, rear-wheel drive platform to a front-engine, front-wheel drive platform. This helped to overcome issues related to interior space, giving it a wider wheel base and the largest body size at the time in the minicar class.

1982: The 4th generation Sambar was released as a minivan model.

1983: The Subaru Domingo one-box wagon was released, it not only accomodated seven passengers in a compancy body but also offered both swivel seats and folding seats.

1984: The Subaru Justy was released.

1984: The 3rd generation Subaru Leone was released with a larger body size and a design based on flat, straight lines.

1985: The Subaru Alcyone was released with its hallmark style designed to evoke the image of the aerodynamic shape of a hawk or an eagle.

1986: The 3rd generation Rex was released with more interior space and upgrades to the gearbox.

1988: Subaru Tecnica International Inc. was established as a subsidiary to undertake motorsports activities and the development and sales of specially-designed sports parts.

1989: The Subaru Legacy was launched, marking Subaru's first step into the 2.0-litre automobile industry.

1990: The 5th generation Sambar was released with a full model change.

1991: The Subaru SVX was released, replacing the Alcyone as the luxury high-performance coupe that could handle any road surface.

1992: The Vivio was launched, featuring Subaru's first newly designed body and a relatively low centre of gravity that helped to improve its driving stability.

1992: The Subaru Impreza was launched in two versions: a 4-door Sedan and a Sports Wagon. The Impreza's engine, suspension, AWD system, and packaging followed those of the Legacy, and the high-performance driving and feeling of quality were further enhanced.

1993: The 2nd generation Subaru Legacy was released, offering performance and interior space that rivalled more premium models, despite its compact class.

1993: The Subaru Outback was launched with high ground clearance and a premium yet tough looking exterior.

1994: The 2nd generation Domingo was released with a full model change.

1997: The Subaru Forester was launched, combining the strong points of a SUV and a passenger car as a vehicle that featured the best of both genres.

1998: The 3rd generation Legacy was released with a full model change that eliminated front-wheel drive variants, making all grades based on a 4WD platform.

1998: The 2nd generation Outback was released, this model change eliminated front-wheel drive variants, making all grades based on a 4WD platform.

1998: The Pleo was launched as a perfectly balanced package of performance, safety, utility and eco-friendly driving alongside with its lightweight and compact frame.

1999: The 6th generation Sambar was released with a full model change.



2000: The 2nd generation Subaru Impreza was released, it included features such as a new turbo engine, a new body with Ring-Shaped Reinforcement Frames and improved impact safety.

2001: The Traviq was launched as an easy-to-drive compact seven-seater that offered supeme interior comfort in a streamlined package.

2002: The 2nd generation Subaru Forester was released with a full model change, fusing the benefits of both the SUV and passenger car.

2003: The 4th generation Subaru Legacy was released with a full model change, featuring a more sporty look and a comfortable interior.

2003: The 3rd generation Outback was released, featuring high ground clearance and excellent on-road driving performance.

2003: The Subaru R2 was launched, featuring a stunning design coupled with a streamlined package, excellent fuel economy and crash safety, and agile performance.

2005: The Subaru B9 Tribeca was released as a seven-seater featuring a dynamic exterior design contrasted with a sophisticated interior design that accentuated stylish comfort and safety.

2005: The Subaru R1 was relased as a 3-door compact car with streamlined packaging for private use.

2006: The Subaru Stella was launched as a mini-car that places an emphasis on a spacious interior, good fuel efficiency and smooth acceleration.

2007: The 3rd generation Subaru Impreza was released with a full model change that offered both comfort and safety.

2007: The 3rd generation Subaru Forester was released with a focus on providing good packaging, performance and eco-friendly elements.

2008: The Subaru Exiga, a seven-seater for panorama touring, was launched.

2008: The Subaru Dex, a new compact car, was launched with a focus on daily ease-of-use and a unique design.

2009: The 5th generation Subaru Legacy was released with a full model change, providing greater comfort and eco-friendly driving.

2009: The 4th generation Outback was released with a full model change, with enhanced driving performance and safety.

2010: The 2nd generation Pleo was released.

2010: The Lucra was launched as a passenger car designed to fit in with any lifestyle with its spacious and open cabin and polished design.

2010: The Subaru Trezia was released as a new minicar with Subaru's renowned wagon styling.

2011: The 2nd generation Subaru Stella was released with a spacious interior, easy handling and outstanding fuel efficiency.

2011: The Subaru XV was introduced as a vehicle perfectly suited to exciting, lively, yet stress-free use in the city.

2011: The 4th generation Subaru Impreza was released with a full model change.

2012: Subaru commemorated the 40th Anniversary of its AWD vehicles.

2012: The Subaru BRZ was launched with a super low centre of gravity and touted as a fun sports car that any driver could enjoy driving with peace of mind.

2012: The 4th generation Subaru Forester was released with greater enhancements to its driving, safety and environmental features.

2012: The first Subaru XV was produced at a Malaysian assembly plant of Tan Chong Motor Assemblies Sdn. Bhd.

2013: The Subaru Levorg was introduced as a sports tourer that offers both driving enjoyment and practical touring abilities.


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