Corporate Information

Senior Management

Managing Director: Colin Christie
General Manager Marketing: Amanda Leaney
General Manager Sales: Deon Bradley
General Manager - Finance and Operations: Nathan Petrie
Customer Experience Manager: Mark Robinson
Network Development Manager: Toby O'Bree
Organisational Capability Manager: Johanna Saunders

Subaru Australia

Subaru Australia is the exclusive Australian importer and distributor of vehicles manufactured by Fuji Heavy Industries.

They have been imported by Subaru Australia since 1973. Subaru's range includes the multi-award winning BRZ, Forester, Impreza, Liberty, Outback, WRX and XV.

Subaru Australia vehicles were exclusively All-Wheel Drive (AWD) from 1998 until confirmation in late 2011 that the rear-wheel drive BRZ would join the line-up during 2012.

The brand has experienced impressive growth in Australia and now commands one of the greatest market shares of any major Subaru market worldwide.

Australia is also the fourth biggest market worldwide for Subaru vehicles, after Japan, the United States and China.

Subaru's philosophy is based on high quality engineering, active and passive safety, reliability, a fun driving experience and value.

Subaru's success is highlighted by its many Australian and World Rally Championship titles, with the legendary WRX.

Subaru Rally Team Australia won 10 consecutive Australian Rally Championships before disbanding at the end of 2005 as the most successful team in the history of the domestic competition.

SUBARU AUSTRALIA TIMELINE

1973

Subaru Australia becomes the exclusive importer of Subaru vehicles

1975

Subaru Australia launches its first 4WD, the 1.4 litre station wagon

1978

The 4WD Brumby goes on sale in Australia

1979

Cumulative Subaru vehicle sales in Australia reach 25,000

1980

Australian sales increase 70 per cent over the previous year, making it a top 10 brand

1985

Vortex launched in Australia

1987

More than 100,000 Subarus now in Australia

1989

Liberty launched in Australia

1991

10,000th Liberty sold in Australia and RS Turbo version launched. Subaru wins its first motoring organization Best Cars award - the first of many over the coming years.

1993

Impreza launched in Australia

1994

Impreza WRX launched in Australia. All Libertys get dual front airbags. Impreza AWD Sportswagon is the first vehicle built by Fuji Heavy Industries especially for Australia.

1995

Liberty wins Wheels Car of the Year

1996

Outback launched in Australia - the original crossover vehicle. Possum Bourne wins the first of Subaru Rally Team Australia's 10 consecutive Australian Rally Driver's Championships.

1997

August - Forester launched in Australia - the original compact SUV

1998

August - The Subaru Australia range becomes exclusively symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. The turbocharged Forester GT is introduced.

1999

October - Impreza WRX STI two-door coupe limited edition launched in Australia. November - Liberty wagon wins Wheels Car of the Year.

2000

November - Impreza wins Wheels Car of the Year.

October - Six cylinder Outback introduced.

2003

December - For the first time, a single Subaru vehicle (Forester) sells over 10,000 in a year.

2004

July - Every Forester, Liberty and Outback achieves a five star crashworthiness rating for occupant safety from the Australian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP).

2005

October - Subaru Rally Team Australia wins 10th consecutive Australia Rally Driver's Championship and announces withdrawal from Australian rallying.

2006

October - Tribeca is launched, becoming the fifth and largest vehicle in the range. It immediately achieves a five-star ANCAP crashworthiness rating.

2007

August - New generation Impreza is launched and achieves a maximum five-star rating for occupant protection in crashworthiness testing by the independent Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP), plus the highest possible four-star pedestrian rating. This makes it the first locally tested Australian specification vehicle to achieve the ultimate double star rating.

December - Revised Tribeca is launched with Subaru's largest yet production engine, the 3.6 litre horizontally opposed boxer. Subaru achieves 10 consecutive years of record sales.

2008

February - New generation Impreza WRX STI and Forester are launched to critical acclaim.

July - With the launch of Model Year 2009 Liberty and Outback variants, every Subaru now has electronic stability control as a standard feature and a five-star ANCAP rating.

December - Subaru achieved its 11th consecutive years of record sales, of 38,492 vehicles.

2009

November - Subaru launches its first diesel variant in Australia, the turbocharged Outback 2.0D, plus the versatile six-seat Liberty Exiga.

2010

June - Forester now available with a turbocharged diesel engine.

December - all-time annual record sales of 40,025 vehicles represent the 12th record in the past 13 years.

2011

February - turbocharged Forester S-Edition introduced.

November - Subaru tops the J.D. Power's Australian Customer Service Index.

December - Forester retains status as Australia's best-selling Compact Sports Utility Vehicle for the fourth consecutive year.

2012

January - Subaru introduces the sophisticated EyeSight™ driver assist system in Liberty and Outback 3.6R Premium variants.

January - Subaru's entry into the small SUV market, the All-Wheel Drive XV, is introduced in Australia.

February - fourth generation All-Wheel Drive Impreza launches.

July - Subaru's new rear wheel drive BRZ sports coupe goes on sale online, proving a massive success, with the car sold-out after just three hours of going "live" on the web.

August - BRZ wins motoring.com.au "recommends" awards in the Performance cars under $100,000 category.

November - BRZ voted the carsales People's Choice Best Performance Car Under $100,000.

December - BRZ is the News Limited Carsguide Car of the Year.

December - BRZ wins Wheels Car of the Year on the 50th anniversary of the prestigious award.

December - Subaru achieves record annual sales of 40,189 vehicles.

2013

January - BRZ named Fun-est Car of the Year in TopGear Australia magazine.

January - BRZ named the Best Buy for 2012 by Australian automotive website themotorreport.com.au (TMR).

January - BRZ wins the News Limited Carsguide People's Choice Award.

February - Fourth generation All-Wheel Drive Forester launches.

February - Celebrating its 40th year in Australia, Subaru marks another milestone, with the sale of its 700,000th vehicle locally.

March - Subaru is adds flagship automatic diesel variants to its Outback All-Wheel Drive crossover line-up, offering outstanding range, fun driving and efficiency.

August - BRZ wins motoring.com.au "recommends" awards in the Performance cars under $100,000 category.

November - Forester 2.5i named Best Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) under $45,000 in the Australia's Best Cars awards.

November - BRZ voted the carsales People's Choice Best Performance Car Under $100,000.

November - Subaru wins the Canstar Blue Most Satisfied Customers Award for SUVs and 4WDs.

December - Subaru achieved a new annual sales record of 40,200 vehicles.

2014

March - Fourth generation All-Wheel Drive WRX launched.

April - Subaru launches the fourth generation of its ultimate performance car, the All-Wheel Drive WRX STI.

August - BRZ, WRX and WRX STI win motoring.com.au "recommends" awards in the Performance cars under $100,000 category.

November - Subaru retained its Canstar Blue Most Satisfied Customers Award for SUVs and 4WDs, for the second consecutive year, recording perfect five-star ratings for overall satisfaction, value-for-money, point of sale service, after sale service, reliability and performance. Subaru also beat 11 other leading brands to win Canstar Blue's Most Satisfied Customers Award for Performance, incorporating all vehicle models. The brand again achieved a perfect five stars.

November - WRX STI named Best Performance Car Under $100K in the carsales.com.au Car of the Year Awards.

November - Forester 2.5i has again been named Best All-Wheel Drive (AWD) Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) under $45,000 in the Australia's Best Cars awards.

December - sixth generation All-Wheel Drive Liberty and fifth generation Outback launched

December - Subaru achieves record annual sales for the 15th out of the last 17 years, with a total of 40,502.

2015

March - Forester sales in Australia pass 200,000.

March - The revised Model Year 2015 Forester line-up adds diesel automatic Lineartronic CVT variants.