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The SUBARU Concept of All-Around Safety

Aiming for the highest level of peace of mind and safety for all passengers

SUBARU pursues automobile safety performance from every perspective and is refining and perfecting core technologies on the basis of four safety criteria: primary safety, active safety, preventive safety, and passive safety.

Safety Performance Recognized Worldwide

SUBARU has received the highest rating in the NCAP*1 conducted by the authorities in Japan, the U.S., Australia, and other countries, as well as in the safety performance assessment conducted by the IIHS*2 in the U.S.*3

In the IIHS safety performance assessment, all models equipped with EyeSight and specific headlights received the 2019 Top Safety Pick Plus (TSP+) rating. The 2019 TSP+ awards only apply to the North America models.

NCAP: New Car Assessment Program
IIHS: Insurance Institute for Highway Safety
For ratings details, please refer to rating agency websites

JNCAP ASV+++ rated models: Impreza/SUBARU XV and Forester (models equipped with EyeSight) in 2018
JNCAP 5-star rated and first prize models: Forester in 2018
2019 IIHS TSP+ rated models: 2019 Impreza, Crosstrek, Legacy, Outback, WRX, Ascent, and Forester (models equipped with EyeSight and specific headlights)
UN-NCAP 5-star rated models: 2019 Impreza, Crosstrek, Legacy, Outback, Ascent, and Forester
Euro NCAP 5-star rated models: Impreza and SUBARU XV in 2017
ANCAP 5-star rated models: Forester in 2019

SUBARU Core Technologies

Horizontally-Opposed Engine (Boxer engine)
Compact, low center of gravity

The horizontally opposed engine has pistons arranged symmetrically to the left and right of the crankshaft. Since the opposed pistons mutually cancel out engine vibrations, the engine can rotate smoothly, which reduces vibrations conveyed to the vehicle interior. The engine's low height and compact design contribute to low vehicle center of gravity. The stable attitude provides a high sense of security during driving.

Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive (AWD)
Superior overall weight distribution

The combination of the low center of gravity provided by the horizontally opposed engine and superior longitudinal-transverse weight balance achieved by placing the transmission near the center of the vehicle maximizes all-wheel drive capability and delivers superb driving performance in various conditions. SUBARU has been committed to Symmetrical AWD as a core technology that drivers can depend on in every situation from day-to-day town use to high-speed highway driving.

Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive (AWD)

Subaru Global Platform
A next-generation vehicle platform designed with the future in mind, looking ahead to 2025

SUBARU is sequentially introducing the Subaru Global Platform, starting with the allnew Impreza launched in October 2016. The new vehicle platform substantially increases body and chassis rigidity and further lowers vehicle center of gravity, raising the level of active safety and passive safety and delivering responsive handling performance and a comfortable ride with reduced unpleasant vibration and noise.

Subaru Global Platform

EyeSight Driver Assist System
Stereo cameras for advanced object recognition capabilities

The use of two cameras positioned to the left and right, like human eyes, contributes to preventive safety by helping avoid accidents, reduce impact, and alleviate driver burden by enabling three-dimensional recognition of cars, pedestrians, and other objects in front of the vehicle and accurate recognition of the distance, shape, and speed of movement of these objects. SUBARU began development of a driver assist system using stereo cameras in 1989. Application of research results and experience accumulated over many years since then has culminated in EyeSight, a system that anyone can use with peace of mind. In 2017, we introduced EyeSight Touring Assist, which dramatically reduces driver fatigue by automatically assisting accelerator, brake, and steering operation at a wide range of speeds from 0 to approximately 120 km/h for expressway driving.

SUBARU pursues “protecting people's lives” and evolves preventive safety technologies with the aim of eliminating fatal accidents involving SUBARU vehicles* by 2030.

Elimination of accidents resulting in the death of drivers or passengers in SUBARU vehicles and accidents resulting in the death of pedestrians, cyclists, or other persons due to collision with SUBARU vehicles
Stereo cameras

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Aerospace Company

Leveraging tradition and innovative technologies to develop and produce a wide variety of aircraft.

SUBARU's roots trace to 1917 and Aircraft Research Laboratory, later to become Nakajima Aircraft. The Aerospace Company, which has inherited Nakajima Aircraft's manufacturing technologies and spirit, leads Japan's aerospace industry and develops and produces a wide variety of aircraft.

In the defense program, we develop, manufacture, maintain, repair, and provide technical support for products such as the UH-1J utility helicopter used by the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force for disaster relief and other purposes, the T-5 Maritime Self-Defense Force trainer, unmanned aerial vehicles (more than 15 models developed over a half century), and flight simulators. In the commercial program, we participate in many international joint development projects for Boeing. For the 777X, Boeing's newest large passenger airliner, we are responsible for the Center Wing and its integration with main landing gear (MLG) wheel well, as well as MLG doors and Wing-to-Body Fairings (forward). In addition, taking advantage of an alliance with Bell Textron, we jointly developed the SUBARU BELL 412EPX and have started sales.

By further refining our technologies through involvement in a wide variety of aircraft programs, we will continue to take on additional challenges for growing into an aircraft manufacturer with a global presence.

Boeing 777X

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Overview of Center Wing Box and SUBARU's Technology
SUBARU's advanced technological capabilities continue to support the development and production of wings that have proven their worth in the world's skies for more than 40 years.

Since first participating in the Boeing passenger program in 1973, we have been involved in development and production as a key partner of Boeing for more than 40 years. We manufacture the center wing box, the critical aircraft section where the right and left wings are attached to the forward and aft fuselage sections. Since the center wing box contains the fuel, they must have high mechanical strength and high fluid tightness. For these reasons, great accuracy and advanced assembly technologies are required for its manufacture, and SUBARU is one of the few companies capable of making them. The Handa Plant, where center wing boxes are manufactured, is a global-level production center that produces these parts for the new Boeing 777X as well as for the Boeing 777 large airliner, the Boeing 787 mid-size airliner, the Ministry of Defense's P-1 maritime patrol aircraft, and the C-2 transport aircraft.

SUBARU's advanced technological capabilities are recognized worldwide. For example, we engage in development on the “Drop test for Simplified Evaluation of Non-symmetrically Distributed sonic boom” Project (D-SEND) together with Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA).

A center wing box (Handa Plant)