Subaru cars have an illustrious history — and an old one. Subaru’s parent company, Fuji Heavy Industries, was founded in Japan in 1915 as “The Aircraft Research Laboratory.” As its name suggests, the company built airplanes in Japan, one of the first companies in the country to do so. It continued to manufacture airplanes until the end of World War II. In the 1950s, the company reorganized, changed its name, and started to develop cars instead.
The results have been magical. Subarus are one of the most popular car brands in the world and certainly in the United States. In October 2014 alone, for example, more than 43,000 Subaru vehicles were sold in the U.S. There are a number of reasons why Subaru models are sought after by Americans in huge numbers. Here are a couple of them:
- Subaru’s car safety features are above par. Truly outstanding. In 2014, for example, the Insurance Institute For Highway Safety dubbed the 2015 Subaru Outback as one of the Top Safety Picks Of 2015. Among its many safety features, Subarus come equipped with Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC), which stabilizes the car and monitors the steering and braking inputs to make for a smooth ride. Some models also include rear view cameras, side airbags designed for rollovers, and even front-seat airbags designed to keep the passengers in place during a crash.
- Subaru’s engine is a boxer engine, which makes for a smoother ride. Boxer engines are actually favored by small airplanes! The boxer engine is known for its efficiency and durability and is a popular feature with Subaru owners.Subaru has always been environmentally conscious. Nearly 97% of its materials are recyclable. So much so, in fact, that its American plant in Lafayette, Indiana doesn’t have a landfill! Among other environmental organizations, the Environmental Protection Agency has consistently awarded Subaru many accolades, including its Gold Achievement Award in 2006.
There are other reasons why Subaru remains popular. No matter what, though, Subaru dealerships across the country are proud of their products and are totally willing to explain more about their car safety features, among other attributes. Try one out today!