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56 Years Later, Subaru's 20 Millionth Car Leaves Fuji Factory

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Building its first 360 mini-car in 1958, the company’s signature all-wheel drive system was developed in 1972.

Today's Subaru cars are most associated with the BRZ, WRX and crossover all-wheel drive models like the Forester and Outback. But the company's first mass-produced car was a tiny city car. Unveiled in 1958, the 360 mini-car, with a 356-cc engine, sold 392,000 units around the world. It wasn't until the 70s that the Japanese manufacturer became associated with motor-sports and rallies, entering with the Leone, DL, RX and SRX.

But the 90s WRX and WRX STi were the ones that really created a change in the company's image, with endless rally titles and a brief Formula 1 entry. Subaru claims that its current and future lineups – including the outstanding 2015 WRX STI unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show – draw heavily on the company's 20,000,000-strong heritage. But with the new STI's 305 horsepower emanating from a 2.5-liter turbocharged four, we can thankfully say that the company has come a long way since the original 1958 minuscule 360.

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