Subaru is the automobile manufacturing division of Fuji Heavy Industries. Subaru's first car, the P-1, was released in 1954
and featured a monocoque body design, the first in Japan. For the first few years Subaru's sales were suspended due to challenges
with funding and support; but in 1958 Subaru revealed its second vehicle, the 360. The 360 was very popular and was in production
for 12 years.
In 1968 Subaru North America was founded and exports to the United States began. In the 1970s Subaru introduced the GL/DL;
this was the first sedan to offer four-wheel-drive. Due to its ability to be driven in the snow and in hilly regions the GL/DL
became very popular, especially with those who engaged in outdoor sports like skiing and fishing. Subaru continued to design
vehicles meant for the outdoor lifestyle and were the first to introduce the electronically controlled continuously variable
transmission. Subaru's current lineup includes sedans, wagons, trucks and crossovers.
Subaru currently operates in Japan, North America and the U.K. In 2010 Subaru had net sales of $18.63 billion and sold over
For 2012 the Subaru Impreza has been redesigned and a new trim has been added to the line-up. A Limited version of the Impreza
is now available. The 2012 Impreza will feature an all-new 148-horsepower 2.0-Liter SUBARU BOXER engine with a projected fuel economy
of 27 miles per gallon in the city and 36 on the highway. With Subaru's Lineartronic CVT transmission, the new Impreza is the most
fuel-efficient all-wheel drive car in America. The 2012 Subaru Impreza will arrive in dealerships in November 2011.