Subaru Stella

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Stella
Stella Custom.JPG
Overview
Production 2006 - 2011
Body and chassis
Class Kei car
Body style 5-door hatchback
Layout FF layout
F4 layout optional
Powertrain
Engine 658 cc EN07D DOHC AVCS I 4
658 cc EN07X DOHC I 4 supercharged
Transmission 5-speed manual
iCVT
Dimensions
Wheelbase 2,360 mm (92.9 in)
Length 3,395 mm (133.7 in)
Width 1,475 mm (58.1 in)
Height 1,645 mm (64.8 in)
Curb weight 930 kg (2,050.3 lb)

The Subaru Stella is a Japanese automobile produced by Subaru starting June 2006. The Stella is based on the same architecture as the Subaru R2. Has a 4-door hatchback, It can be considered as a direct replacement of the Subaru Pleo despite the fact the Pleo is still currently in production, and is Subaru's re-entry into the market segment dominated by the Suzuki Wagon R and the Daihatsu Move, hoping to recapture market share after the R2's less-than-expected sales performance. The Stella's dimensions are more parking structure friendly where vehicle stacking is utilized over the Pleo.

The name "Stella" is Italian for "star", a reference to the Subaru logo.

Due to the investment of Toyota,[1] the future production status of the Stella is in question as Toyota has announced that Subaru kei cars will be replaced in model year 2010,[2] with Toyota already selling a Toyota vehicle rebadged as a Subaru, currently called the Subaru Dex. The second-generation Stella is a rebadged Daihatsu Move, introduced in Japan on May 11, 2011.

Electric version[edit]

In June 2008, Subaru unveiled an electric concept vehicle combining the Stella platform with the electric drive from the Subaru R1e,[3] which uses TEPCO lithium-ion batteries.[4]

It has been showcased at the G8 Summit on July 7, 2008.[4] Fuji announced in June 2009 that it plans to sell 170 units through March 2010, primarily to fleet and government users in Japan, with deliveries beginning in late July 2009.[5]

It is going to be sold in the European Union on September 2, 2010.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Yumiko, Nishitani (2008-04-11). "Japan's Fuji Heavy shares rally on expanded alliance with Toyota group". Thomson Financial News. Retrieved 2010-02-22. 
  2. ^ Justin Gardiner (2008-04-16). "Subaru to stop making Kei Cars". Autoblog.com. Retrieved 2010-02-22. 
  3. ^ "Fuji Heavy Industries press release", 2008-06-27. Retrieved on 2007-07-04
  4. ^ a b Vicky Parrott (2008-06-30). "Electric Subaru revealed". Retrieved 2010-02-22. 
  5. ^ "Unveiled: Subaru Plug-In Stella EV". 2009-06-05. Retrieved 2010-02-22. 
  6. ^ "bases" (in Spanish). Retrieved 2010-02-22. 
This article incorporates information from the equivalent article on the Japanese Wikipedia.