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Subaru Car CompanyThe Subaru auto company is a Japanese car maker that was founded in 1954. Subaru is a division of the Japanese company Fuji Heavy Industries Group (FHI). Fuji Heavy Industries Group (FHI) was established in 1953. The company has a range of car types including the sedan, coupe and station wagon. Subaru cars headquarters is in Ota, Gunma, Japan. If you know of an excellent Subaru Website online or own a good Subaru Resource, please add it to our auto directory by filling in the form on our Submit Car Url page.

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1917 - Fuji Heavy Industries Co., Ltd. (FHI) is created as The Aircraft Research Laboratory by Chikuhei Nakajima.

1932 - The Aircraft Research Laboratory is reorganized to create the Nakajima Aircraft Company which, soon after reorganization, becomes the primary manufacturer of aircraft for the Japanese army during WWII.

1946 - After the end of World War II, the Nakajima Aircraft company becomes the Fuji Sangyo Co., Ltd and creates the Fuji Rabbit motor scooter using left over aircraft parts from the war.

1950 - the Japanese Governments's Corporate Credit Rearrangement Act requires that division of larger companies and the Fuji Sangyo Co is divided into twelve smaller companies, five of which (Fuji Kogyo, a scooter company, Fuji Jidosha, a coach company, Omiya Fuji Kogyo, an engine manufacturer, Utsunomiya Sharyo, a chassis builder, and the Toyko Fuji Dangyo trading company) merge to form the Fuji Heavy Industries. CEO Kenji Kita begins designing passenger vehicles.

1954 - Fuji Heavy Industries begins manufacturing vehicles under the name of Subaru, beginning with the Subaru 1500.

1958 - Fuji introduces the Subaru 360.

1965 - Malcolm Bricklin introduces the Fuji Rabbit and Subaru 360 to the US under a deal with Subaru.

1968 - Subaru of America Inc is founded as a subsidiary of Fuji Heavy Industries of Japan.

1989 - The popular Subaru Legacy is launched.

1996 - Subaru begins manufacturing all its vehicles with a standard all wheel drive system.

2005 - Toyota Motor Company purchases 8.7% of FHI from General Motors. Toyota eventually acquires 16.5% of FHI.

2006 - Toyota announces a contract with Subaru to use the Subaru manufacturing plant in Lafayette, Indiana.

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