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Subaru (スバル)

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Subaru (スバル)
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A Japanese manufacturer of cars started in 1954 and based in Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan.

Vehicle names used by Subaru throughout its history include:  Ascent, B9 Tribeca, Baja, BRZ, Forester, GL, Justy, Impreza, Legacy, Levorg, Outback, Stella, SVX, Tribeca, Viziv, WRX, XV, and XV CrossTrek.

Dealerships include:
Annapolis Subaru
Garavel Subaru (Norwalk, Connecticut)
Premier Subaru (Branford, Connecticut)
Silver City Subaru (Raynham, Massachusetts)
Suburban Subaru (Hartford, Connecticut)
Tom Wood Subaru (Carmel, Indiana)


The following section is an excerpt from Wikipedia's Subaru page on 28 November 2015, text available via the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

Subaru (スバル) is the automobile manufacturing division of Japanese transportation conglomerate Fuji Heavy Industries (FHI), the twenty-second biggest automaker by production worldwide in 2012.

Subaru cars are softroaders; they are known for the use of a boxer engine layout in most vehicles above 1500 cc. Most Subaru models have used the Symmetrical All Wheel Drive drive-train layout since 1972. The flat/boxer engine and all-wheel-drive became standard equipment for mid-size and smaller cars in most international markets by 1996, and is now standard in most North American market Subaru vehicles. The lone exception is the BRZ, introduced in 2012, which uses the boxer engine but instead uses a rear-wheel-drive structure. Subaru also offers turbocharged versions of their passenger cars, such as the Impreza WRX and the Legacy 2.5GT. The 2.5XT trims of the Outback and Forester also include a turbocharged engine.

In Western markets, the Subaru brand has traditionally been popular among a dedicated core of buyers. Marketing is targeted towards a specific niche centered around those who desire the company's signature drive-train.

Subaru is the Japanese name for the Pleiades star cluster M45, or "The Seven Sisters" (one of whom tradition says is invisible - hence only six stars in the Subaru logo), which in turn inspires the logo and alludes to the companies that merged to create FHI.

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22 January 2004NRX introduces an affordable Subaru Coil-over and Camber Plate SystemNRX Performance Products
2 February 2005Toyota, Fuji May Collaborate on Hybrid Car TechnologyVOA News
19 February 2007Subaru Vehicles Receive Highest Marks from NHTSAAnthony Fontanelle
3 July 2007Subaru Celebrates Three Years of Zero LandfillAnthony Fontanelle
13 August 2007Subaru To Partner With ToyotaAnthony Fontanelle
21 August 2007Subaru World Rally Team Ready For GermanyAnthony Fontanelle
22 August 2007Subaru Rally Team Hurt By Driver ErrorAnthony Fontanelle
23 August 2007Subaru Helps Raise £60,000 For Oxford Children's HospitalAnthony Fontanelle
11 September 2007Subaru Of Indiana Celebrates MilestoneAnthony Fontanelle
20 September 2007Subaru Says Goodbye To Rally Superstar McRaeAnthony Fontanelle
24 November 2007After Rally Ireland, Subaru Prepares For Wales EventAnthony Fontanelle
10 December 2007Subaru WRC Season's SummaryAnthony Fontanelle
16 December 2007‘08 Subarus Rated 'Top Safety Pick' By IIHSAnthony Fontanelle
27 May 2008Subaru Canada Ranks The HighestAnthony Fontanelle
1 July 2008Subaru stellt Elektroauto-Prototyp auf G8-Gipfel vor Wikinews
11 June 2009Auch Subaru will in Japan ein Elektroauto auf den Markt bringen Wikinews
10 March 2011Why and How to fit a Race Car Subaru 3 Port Oil Catch Tank - obp Tech SessionGrant Loc
29 August 2013Petition for Exemption From the Vehicle Theft Prevention Standard; Fuji Heavy Industries U.S.A., Inc.Federal Register: NHTSA (Christopher J. Bonanti)
27 September 2013Better Eyesight - Subaru Style Geoff Maxted, DriveWrite Automotive
1 January 2014Used Subaru 2.2 Engine Inventory Reduced in Price for Import Engine Buyers by U.S. Engines Dealer OnlineGotEngines.com
24 January 2014Subaru Get Better Eyesight Geoff Maxted, DriveWrite Automotive
13 September 2014Why Subaru created a niche market aimed squarely at adventure seekers Denis Flierl, TorqueNews
23 February 2016Consumer Reports 2016 Annual brand Report Card Finds Subaru & Mazda Keeping Pace with Luxury BrandsConsumer Reports
26 May 2016Subaru Oil Consumption Class Action Settlement May Leave Certain Drivers Stranded When it Comes to their Lemon Law RightsKimmel and Silverman, 800-LEMON-LAW
30 August 2018Subaru Takes Top Spot in Customer Satisfaction Survey; Toyota TumblesDenis Flierl, TorqueNews
5 October 2020Alternative Method for Calculating Off-Cycle Credits Under the Light-Duty Vehicle Greenhouse Gas Emissions Program: Applications From North American Subaru, Inc.Federal Register: EPA (Byron Bunker)


DateReport NameAuthors/OrganizationFile
16 January 1973NHTSA Recall 73V019000
1972-1973 Subaru 22, 23, 62, and 63
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Recall Page - 1 page
15 March 2011United States District Court for the District of Kansas
National Institute for Strategic Technology Acquisition and Commercialization v. Nissan North America, Inc.; Nissan Motor Co. Ltd.; Fuji Heavy Industries, Ltd.; Subaru of America, Inc.; Toyota Motor Corporation; Toyota North America, Inc., Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A., Inc., Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.; Honda Motor Co., Ltd.; Honda North America, Inc.; and American Honda Motor Co., Inc.
Memorandum Order

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3 July 2012Battery Mounting Structure for Vehicle
United States Patent US 8,210,301 B2
Takashi Hashimoto and Toshiyuki Yamamoto for Fuji Jukogyo Kabushiki Kaisha

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