May 4, 2015 By Mike Lee
Last updated on May 4, 2015

Subaru LogoBrief History About Subaru

Subaru was founded in 1953 in Japan by Kenji Kita. The company was created to be the automotive arm of the transportation conglomerate ‘Fuji Heavy Industries’. FHI started out as an aircraft research lab in 1917, setup by Chikuhei Nakajima, and added other automotive businesses as it grew over the years, turning to building scooters in the very early 50’s and eventually adding car production in 1953/54.

Other car manufacturers have owned shares in Subaru and include Nissan from 1968, GM from 1999 and Toyota from 2005, with joint venture in building the Subaru BRZ and Toyota GT86.

In 1993 Subaru introduced the Impreza, featuring AWD and a turbocharged boxer engine, creating one of the world’s most iconic boy racers cars to hit our roads. Subaru, who already took part in rally race events since the 80’s were quick to put the Impreza Turbo into action in the WRC and created one of the most successful rally cars to date. Although no longer in the WRC event, the Impreza continues to have great success in other rally/rally cross motorsport events.

Subaru SVX
SVX 1991-1997

Subaru 1st Gen
Impreza 1st Gen 1993-2001

Subaru 2nd Gen
Impreza 2nd Gen 2001-2007

Subaru 3rd Gen
Impreza 3rd Gen 2007-2013

Subaru WRX
WRX 2014 on

Subaru BRZ
BRZ 2012 on