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

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 citycar. 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 associatedwith motor-sports and rallies, entering with the Leone, DL, RXand SRX.

But the 90s WRX and WRX STi were the ones that really createda change in the company’s image, with endless rally titles and a brief Formula1 entry. Subaru claims that its current and future lineups – including theoutstanding 2015 WRX STI unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show – draw heavily onthe company’s 20,000,000-strong heritage. But with the new STI’s 305 horsepoweremanating from a 2.5-liter turbocharged four, we can thankfully say that thecompany has come a long way since the original 1958 minuscule 360.

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