Subaru announced that total production of vehicles equipped with its famous All-Wheel Drive (AWD) system has this month reached 15 million units.
The milestone has been achieved almost 44 years after Subaru introduced the Subaru Leone 4WD Estate Van in September 1972, the first model to feature a drivetrain technology that is now synonymous with the Subaru brand and its products. Since then, Subaru has continuously developed and enhanced its AWD technology and the basic functions of its cars, with the consistent aim to make driving safer and more enjoyable.
In 2015, AWD-equipped models accounted for 98% of Subaru’s global sales. Powered by horizontally-opposed ‘Boxer’ engines, all of these AWD models featured the latest version of Subaru’s distinctive Symmetrical AWD system.
Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive offers a combination of superior stability and traction intrinsic to AWD, and the combination of the symmetrical drivetrain with a longitudinally-mounted Boxer engine helps to balance weight distribution in every car equipped with the technology. The synergy between engine and drivetrain delivers a consistently high level of driving stability at all speeds, both in a straight line and under hard cornering. The Symmetrical AWD system is one of the core technologies that underpins Subaru’s commitment to safety and driving pleasure.