Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd, the manufacturer of Subaru automobiles, has ended the production of the mini commercial vehicle "Sambar" at its Gunma Main Plant in Ota city, Gunma Prefecture, marking the end of all Subaru mini vehicle productions in Japan.
Fuji Heavy will focus its mini vehicle production line for the production of passenger cars, with the production of the Subaru BRZ and Toyota 86 scheduled to begin this month. In addition, FHI will manufacture the Impreza at the same plant by March 2013.
Fuji Heavy started automotive vehicle production in 1958 with the mini car Subaru 360, a vehicle acclaimed as a Japanese national car. Since then, a total of nine models, including Sambar, Rex, Pleo, and Stella, have been made, with a total of 7,968,000 units produced over 54 years.
All Subaru mini cars were well received with their unique engineering and product features such as 4-wheel independent suspension, 4-cylinder engine, Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT), and 4-wheel drive system.
In line with the agreement to expand cooperative ties with Toyota Motor Corp and Daihatsu Motor Co in April 2008, Fuji Heavy decided to focus its management resources to the development and production of passenger vehicles that feature Subaru's core technologies such as the Horizontally-Opposed engine.
The company will continue to market mini vehicles on an OEM basis from Daihatsu in Japan.© JCN Newswire