Subaru is the automobile manufacturing division of Japanese transportation conglomerate Fuji Heavy Industries (FHI).
SYMMETRICAL ALL-WHEEL DRIVE
system is designed to optimize both traction and balance. The entire system lies along the centerline of the vehicle, balancing weight distribution between the two sides to help provide optimal performance and control.
LINEARTRONIC® CVT It stands for Continuously Variable Transmission, and this innovative technology has been engineered to work seamlessly with the SUBARU BOXER® engine and Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive to help reduce fuel consumption. The stepless gear ratio allows the engine to run within its optimal power range for improved fuel economy, while its lightweight, compact design helps the vehicle stay as agile as possible. Select models also offer 6- or 8-speed manual modes and column-mounted paddle shifters to maximize driver control and engagement.
Available on: 2016 Crosstrek, 2017 Legacy, 2017 Outback, 2016 Impreza, 2017 WRX, 2017 Forester
The Japanese manufacturer was also the first to introduce electronic continuously variable transmission (ECTV) which replaces standard gears and gives smooth acceleration while reducing emissions and fuel consumption.
In February 1987, Subaru launched the Justy in Tokyo with an electronically controlled continuously variable transmission (ECVT) developed by Fuji Heavy Industries which owns Subaru, and Van Doorne's Transmissie in The Netherlands. One and a half years later in November 1988, Subaru also brought out the Justy 4WD ECVT, a Justy with part-time 4WD and the ECVT gearbox. Production was limited to 500 units per month as Van Doorne's could only produce this many steel belts for them. In June, supplies increased to 3,000 per month and Subaru responded by installing the extra volume into transmissions for their Rex microcar. In 1989 the Justy became the first production car in the U.S. to offer CVT technology. While the Justy saw only limited success, Subaru continues to use CVT in its kei cars to this day,[when?] while also supplying it to other manufacturers. Subaru offers CVT (Lineartronic) on 2014 Outback, Legacy, Forester, Impreza, and Crosstrek.
Some vehicles that offer CVT are the Ford C-MAX hybrid, the Mitsubishi Lancer, the Dodge Caliber, the Toyota Corolla, the Scion iQ, the Honda Insight, Honda Fit, Honda CR-Z hybrid, Honda CR-V, Honda Capa, Honda Civic, Honda Accord, Honda City, Nissan Tiida, Nissan Cube, Nissan Juke, Nissan Sentra, Nissan Altima, Nissan Maxima, Nissan Note, Nissan Rogue, Nissan X-Trail, Nissan Murano, Nissan Pathfinder, Nissan Sunny and Nissan Micra, the Jeep Patriot and Jeep Compass, the Suzuki SX4 S-Cross, and the Subaru Forester, Subaru Impreza, Subaru Legacy, and Subaru Outback.