Subaru celebrates 40th AWD anniversary
Subaru has attained carved cult status thanks to its all-wheel drive (AWD) system that has been the stuff of automotive road and rally legends.
The symmetrical all-wheel drive system debuted on the Subaru Leone station wagon in 1972 has over time become standard across the Subaru model line-up except for the recent BRZ rear-wheel drive sports car.
In India, the Subaru all-wheel drive features in the Forester SUV rebadged as Chevrolet.
On the occasion of the symmetric all-wheel drive system’s 40th anniversary we list the milestones of the Japanese car maker’s annals.
1972: The Subaru Leone becomes the brand’s first all-wheel drive model, as part-time all-wheel drive is introduced on the estate derivative. The Leone has been on sale as a coupe and saloon since 1971.
1977: Subaru UK is named the official distributor of the marque in Britain. Foreign manufactured cars outsell British ones for the first time in UK history.
1978: The Leone-based Subaru BRAT– Bi-drive Recreational all-terrain Transporter – is launched as an all-wheel drive pick-up.
1979: The second generation Subaru Leone goes on sale globally, featuring a part-time, dual-range all-wheel drive system on all models with a manual transmission.