The Subaru story is one of a company within a company. Subaru - named after a cluster of stars called the Pleiades, as is seen in its logo - is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. (FHI) of Japan. The used Subaru line-up includes a range of cars, wagons and sport utility vehicles, including the Subaru Forester and the Subaru Impreza.
The exclusive marketer of Subaru vehicles in the US is Subaru of America, Inc., which is headquarter in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. FHI employed 12,801 as of March 31, 2007, and is comprised of four main divisions including Subaru Automotive Business, Aerospace Company, Industrial Products Company and Eco Technologies Company. FHI maintains nine manufacturing plants, and sells its varied products throughout the world. Fuji manufacturers a range of heavy equipment, including aircraft, generators, pumps, industrial equipment, agricultural equipment, engines and heavy trucks. Toyota Motor Corporation maintains a 8.7% stake in FHI.
The roots of Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd., were formed in 1917 as the Nakajima Aircraft Company. On July 15, 1953, five companies merged to form Fuji as we know it today. Just five years later, Fuji's first car would roll off the assembly line. The 1958 Subaru 360 Minicar would be produced until 1971. Advanced features in the Subaru 360 included monocoque construction and the utilization of fiberglass panels in the roof section. Subaru entered the American market in 1971.
All vehicles sold by Subaru are all-wheel-drive, a hallmark of Subaru cars. Subaru's all-wheel-drive technology is some of the most advanced in the world. Subaru is heavily involved in rally racing, where its all-wheel-drive technology can be put to the test. A used Subaru with AWD makes a great choice for those who live in tough winter climates.