50 Years of Subaru


FF1
1969-1970
Subaru introduces the FF1, the first front-wheel drive car from Japan boasting a unique horizontally opposed, water-cooled, 4-cylinder engine. The FF1 is marketed to rural America because its better handling front-wheel drive will show its advantage on rougher rural roads. The car is available as a 4-door sedan, a wagon, and a 2-door coupe with a 1088-cc engine. It sells for $1,699.
 
 
   1979
 The FF1 is replaced by the larger, more powerful Leone series, which is marketed simply as either a DL or GL model, regardless of body style, to focus on establishing the Subaru name.
   4 Wheel Drive
1975
Subaru launches the Subaru 4WD wagon, the first four-wheel drive passenger car sold in the U.S. The car established the company as the leading 4WD niche marketer.
 
  Subaru GF
1975
Road Test magazine names the Subaru GF model "1975 Import Car of the Year."
   Subaru Brat
1977
Subaru introduces the BRAT (Bi-drive Recreational All-terrain Transporter), a small dual-range 4WD vehicle with two bucket seats fixed to the open-bed back. Subaru targets the BRAT to the recreational market outside the northern states. The vehicle's "fun and sun" concept also targets younger consumers.
  DL Floor Model
1978
The DL four-door model is nominated for Motor Trend's "1978 Import Car of the Year."
 
   1980
A Subaru team appears for the first time in the World Rally Championship (WRC).
   The Coupe 
1984
Subaru unveils the 1985 XT Coupe, defining aerodynamic styling. Hi-lo dual range 4x4 is optional and for a short time it's available in a 6-cylinder.
 
   The Justy
1987
Subaru introduces the U.S. to the Justy, the first modern mini-car from a Japanese importer and the only car in the U.S. sold with an Electronic Continuously Variable Transmission (ECVT). The company also introduces full-time 4WD on GL and DL models.
The Legacy
1989
The Legacy model is introduced - the first Subaru vehicle built in the U.S. and a clear move to position the automaker as more upscale.
 
 
The SVX
1991
Subaru introduces its first performance luxury coupe, the 1992 Subaru SVX, selling for $24,445. The quirky SVX luxury sport coupe, 3.3-liter 6-cylinder, is available as a 1992 model. Discontinued in 1997, the SVX retains cult popularity years later.
  The Impreza
1993
Subaru introduces the Impreza, available as an economy compact sedan and sport wagon.
 
   The Outback
1995
Subaru introduces the Outback, the world's first sport utility wagon.
  The Forester
1998
Subaru introduces the Forester, a sport utility vehicle (SUV), smaller than the Outback but bigger than the Impreza.
 
     2000
Subaru unveils the ST-X concept car in January at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Reminiscent of the BRATT, this pickup features an extendable 55-inch bed and four full doors. The ST-X is built on the Legacy platform with a supercharged 230-hp SUBARU BOXER engine and a 5-speed manual transmission.
  WRX
2001
Subaru unveils the all-new Impreza WRX. 
Sedan and Sport Wagon at the North American International Auto Show.
The Tribeca
2005
The B9 Tribeca, the first seven-passenger vehicle from Subaru, is introduced at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
 
The Forester 
2009
The Subaru Forester Wins Motor Trend's "SUV of The Year" Award.
The Outback
2010
The Subaru Outback Wins Motor Trend's "SUV Of The Year" Award.
 
   The XV Crosstrek
2012
Subaru introduces the 2013 XV Crosstrek at the 2012 New York International Auto Show.
    The Ascent
2017
Subaru launches the Ascent, a new three-row, family-friendly SUV with flexible seating for seven or eight passengers. The Ascent is the first vehicle to offer the added safety of Subaru EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology as standard equipment, and has the highest towing capacity of any Subaru yet - up to 5,000 pounds.

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