Subaru is a Japanese automobile manufacture, a subdivision of the Fuji Heavy Industries. Fuji Heavy Industries is currently partnered with Toyota Motors who own sixteen and a half percentage of the group. Subaru is well known for its four wheel drive cars as well as high performance turbo charged cars, some of which have competed in motorsports such as the Subaru Impreza WRX. Subaru are distinctive in the fact they use flat engines in all of their vehicles, an engine which uses multiple pistons which all move on a flat horizontal plan of motion. The flat engine was patented by Karl Benz.
Initially formed in nineteen seventy one, the group began as an aircraft research facility. Fifteen years later the company became the Nakajima Aircraft Company and manufactured Japanese aircraft during the Second World War. The end of the war saw another change to the company, this time renaming itself Fugi Sangyo Co, which later added a motor scooter division to its group. The group was dismantled in the early fifties, with the four of these newly formed corporations to merge and become the Fuji Heavy Industries as it is today.
The head of the group sought to bring in a car manufacturing division to the company. Initially penned as being called P-1 after the devolvement of the first car which shares the same name, the final name was Subaru, chosen by the CEO K Kita. The P-1 or Subaru 1500 as it was known was only manufactured in very small numbers due to supply problems. Over the company's lifespan many cars have produced, with its modern cars all being four wheel drive.