Subaru Cel­e­brates 20 Mil­lion

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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.’’

Subaru pro­duc­tion

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.

For a full run­down on Subaru ve­hi­cles call into Ken Mus­ton Au­to­mo­tive, Be­nalla road Shep­par­ton.Sh Or give Brad or James a callca on 5821 6688.

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