Subaru Standard
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Make: Subaru
Model: Standard
Subaru Standard

Subaru began as The Aircraft Research Laboratory in 1917 at which point it was headed up by Chikuhei Nakajima. At the end of the Second World War, Nakajima Aircraft was reorganized, this time as the Fuji Sangyo Co, Ltd. In 1946, Fuji Sangyo designed its first Rabbit motor scooter with spare aircraft parts from the war. Kenji Kita, the CEO of Fuji Heavy Industries at the time, desired that the new company be involved in car manufacturing. The name Subaru was chosen to grace its first car, which was the Subaru P1 in 1954. From 1954 to 1989 the company created and manufactured dozens of vehicles including the P1 in 1954, the 360 in 1958, the Sambar in 1961, the 1000 in 1965, the 1100 in 1969, the R2 in 1969, the Leone in 1971, the Domingo in 1983, the Alcyone in 1985 and the Legacy in 1989. The company is currently an affiliate of Toyota Motor Corporation, as they own 8.7% of FHI. They got that stake from General Motors, who bought 20% of FHI in 1999 to have an extended presence in the international marketplace. They also desired to collaborate technologically with FHI. Prior, the stake owned by GM was owned by Nissan, who acquired the stake in 1968 during a period of government-ordered merging of the Japanese auto industry. This was done in order for improved competitiveness under the administration of Prime Minister Eisaku Sato. Later on, Nissan would utilize FHI's bus manufacturing capability for their Nissan Diesel line of buses. As a result, many Subaru vehicles, even today, use parts from Nissan manufacturing. In fact, Subaru introduced Renault to Nissan when they asked for assistance with an all-wheel drive technology. FHI told Renault to discuss their plans with Nissan, and the discussions eventually led to the successful Renault-Nissan alliance.

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