Trace Subaru's history of vehicle development
back to the 1950s.
Advanced, realistic crash testing conducted as a Japanese manufacturer making use of guiderails and crash test dummies.
Rear-end crash testing of the Subaru360.
The first Japanese manufacturer to begin crash testing (frontal, rear-end).
Subaru1000: Subaru’s first FWD car powered by the SUBARU BOXER is released. High levels of safety are obtained in collision safety testing.
A special Subaru collision safety programme is developed as part of collision safety testing for the Leone.
Subaru Leone 4WD Station Wagon, the world’s first mass-produced 4WD passenger car, is released. It features a selective system where the driver could switch from 4WD to 2WD mode.
Engine drop tests begin for the American Leone (L-Series).
Leone 4WD tests: As part of steps to improve collision safety for the Leone 4WD, the propeller shaft and differential are designed to split and drop down during a collision.
“Leone 1800cc 4WD Automatic” is released, using the world’s first wet hydraulic multi-plate clutch in the rear wheel drive transfer case of its AWD automatic transmission.
4WD turbo Leone equipped with an air suspension system to hydraulically adjust the height of the car.
Research into the use of high-tensile materials for car frames begins.
XT: Plastic bumpers that comply with the five-mile-an-hour rule introduced in America as the first “energy absorbing bumpers” developed in the world.
Leone 3-door hatchback coupe RX-II (1.8-litre turbo engine) uses a full-time AWD system with a bevel-geared and differential-lock centre differential.
MP-T 4WD developed into the full-time 4WD “ACT-4” system, operating on pulse control to predict front and rear torque distribution.
First generation Legacy released. The model became the Subaru’s new safety standard in order to further improve safety and protection in actual collisions.
Turbo Legacy comes equipped with the full-time 4WD system with viscous coupling LSD centre differential. A tandem brake booster braking system increases the safety of the car.
Installation of on-board crash data acquisition systems/crash test facilities.
“VTD-4WD (Variable Torque Distribution 4-Wheel Drive)” for outstanding turning, and the “4WS” (four-wheel steering system) installed in the SVX for a superior balance between safety and driving enjoyment.
Second generation Legacy: The rigidity of frameless car bodies that provide protection against offset collisions is increased for even higher levels of collision safety.
First generation Forester: Built on the Ring-Shaped Reinforcement Frames body for the current superior levels of collision safety.
Third generation Legacy: The Ring-Shaped Reinforcement Frames body and front frame structure envelopes the Horizontally-Opposed Engine. The installation of front side airbags raises collision safety to unprecedented levels.
“ADA (Active Driving Assist)” driver assist system using stereo cameras is released and installed in the Japanese Legacy.
Forester given top rating in IIHS crash tests.
Car-to-Car crash tests: To improve safety even further, construction of crash test facilities that recreate actual crash conditions is completed.
07MY Impreza awarded the ‘07/08’ Grand Prix by JNCAP. The same year, the Impreza is given the title of the Safest Japanese car.
Safety improved immensely with the “SUBARU Dynamic Chassis Control Concept (DC³)” concept, to take driving enjoyment to new heights.
Impreza was awarded the “JNCAP Grand Prix” by the Japan New Car Assessment Program.
“EyeSight” is released as the world’s first safety technology operating using only stereo cameras.
Legacy awarded 5-stars in European New Car Assessment Programme.
All Subaru models awarded the highest “Top Safety Pick” rating in latest American IIHS 2010 Safety Assessments.
Advanced “EyeSight (ver.2)” driving support system.
Advanced "EyeSight (ver.2)"* driving assist system awarded the 2010/2011 Japan Automotive Hall of Fame Car Technology of the Year *Japanese specifications.
EyeSight is enhanced, with improvements made to core functions such as the use of colour stereo camera images
WRX, WRX STI and SUBARU BRZ awarded the 2014 TOP SAFETY PICK by the IIHS.
Levorg, Forester, SUBARU XV Hybrid, Outback and Legacy awarded the top rating of JNCAP Advanced Safety Vehicle-Plus in the preventive safety performance assessment.
EyeSight launched in the European market with the new Outback, following on from release in Japanese, Australian and North American markets.
Outback (with EyeSight) won the highest five-star overall rating in the 2014 Euro NCAP safety performance test.
Legacy, Outback, Forester, Impreza and SUBARU XV Crosstrek, with the new EyeSight driving assist system awarded the 2015 TOP SAFETY PICK+ by the IIHS.
SUBARU XV, Impreza, Outback, Legacy, WRX S4 and Levorg with Subaru’s unique “EyeSight” driver assist system received the top rating of Advanced Safety Vehicle-Plus in the JNCAP preventive safety performance assessment.
Levorg was released in Japan with the “Advanced Safety Package,” which included four functions: Subaru Rear Vehicle Detection, Side View Monitor, High Beam Assist, and EyeSight Assist Monitor. This increased safety around the entire car to enhance overall safety.
Outback, Legacy, Forester, WRX and Levorg won the top rank “Five Star Award” for earning the maximum five star overall rating in the 2014 – 2015 JNCAP crash safety evaluation tests.
WRX with Subaru’s EyeSight driving assist system awarded the 2015 TOP SAFETY PICK+ by the IIHS.
Levorg won the highest five-star overall rating in the 2016 Euro NCAP safety performance test.
Impreza as well as Legacy, Outback, Forester, Levorg and WRX S4 models with Subaru’s EyeSight driver assist system received the top rating of Advanced Safety Vehicle++ in the 2016 JNCAP preventive safety performance assessment.
Legacy, Outback and Forester (Oct. 2016) models with Optional EyeSight, specific headlights awarded the 2017 TOP SAFETY PICK+ by the IIHS.
Impreza Sedan and 5-Door versions (with Optional EyeSight, specific headlights) awarded the 2017 TOP SAFETY PICK+ by the IIHS.
SUBARU XV and Impreza won the 2016-2017 Grand Prix Award for earning the highest safety score ever in JNCAP crash safety evaluation tests.