Founded in 1968
by two Philadelphia entrepreneurs, Subaru of America (SOA) formed an alliance
with Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. (FHI) of Tokyo and became the exclusive U.S.
importer of its Subaru brand of vehicles. SOA was the first company to offer a
complete line of front- and all-wheel-drive cars, for which they are best
known. FHI's factory in Ota City, Japan, and Subaru-Indiana Automotive, Inc.,
(SIA), located near Lafayette, Ind., manufacture all U.S.-marketed vehicles.
General Motors currently owns a 20 percent share of Subaru.