Subaru Celebrates 20 Million
Fuji Heavy Industries (FHI), the maker of Subaru vehicles, has made its 20 millionth car, since production started in Japan in 1958.
Subaru began domestic production 56 years ago at its then Gunma Isesaki Plant, with the Subaru 360 minicar.
As production increased, FHI set up operations at Gunma Main Plant and Gunma Yajima Plant, both located in Ota city, Gunma prefecture.
It also established Gunma Oizumi Plant to manufacture engines, transmissions and other automotive parts.
In the early days, production models included mini-vehicles, the Subaru 1000, Leone and Justy and later moved on to Legacy (Liberty in Australia), Outback, Impreza, Forester and more recently XV and BRZ, among others.
FHI President, Yasuyuki Yoshinaga, said: ‘‘This remarkable achievement of 20 million-unit domestic production would not have been possible without our esteemed customers and the years of diligent work by our employees, past and present.
‘‘From here, we enter a new phase of our adventure, a new challenge. We will aim for further improvement in every aspect of our ur operation, in safety, quality and productivity.’’roductivity.’’
1958: Production of Subaru 360 begins at Gunma Isesaki Plant.
1960: Gunma Plants established; Gunma Main Plant begins production.
1966: Mass production begins of world’s first front wheel drive car, Subaru 1000.
1968: Subaru vehicle exports begin — Subaru 360 to United States.
1969: Gunma Yajima Plant begins production.
1970: Cumulative production of one million vehicles.
1975: Cumulative production of two million vehicles.
1983: Gunma Oizumi Plant begins production.
1983: Cumulative production of five million vehicles.
1992: Cumulative production of 10 million vehicles.
2003: Cumulative production of 15 million vehicles.
2012: Mini-vehicle production ends (total mini-vehicle production: 7.9 million vehicles).
2014: Cumulative production of 20 million vehicles.
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