Subaru Stella

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Manufacturer Subaru logo and wordmark.svg Subaru (2006–2011)
Daihatsu.svg Daihatsu (2011–present)
Production 2006–present
Body and chassis
Class Kei car
Body style Five-door hatchback
Layout FF layout
F4 layout optional
Engine 658 cc EN07D DOHC AVCS I 4
658 cc EN07X DOHC I 4 supercharged
40 kW electric motor
Transmission Five-speed manual
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 5-door Kei car produced by Subaru starting in June 2006. The Stella is based on the same architecture as the Subaru R2. [clarification needed] It can be considered as a direct replacement of the Subaru Pleo although the Pleo is still currently[when?] 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.

Electric version[edit]

In June 2008, Subaru unveiled an electric concept vehicle combining the Stella platform with the electric drive from the Subaru R1e,[1] which uses TEPCO lithium-ion batteries.[2]

It was showcased at the G8 Summit on July 7, 2008.[2] Fuji announced in June 2009 that it planned to sell 170 units through March 2010, primarily to fleet and government users in Japan, with deliveries beginning in late July.[3]

It was intended to be sold in the European Union starting September 2, 2010,[4] but never was.

New version[edit]

Subaru Stella is now rebadged Daihatsu Move

Due to the investment of Toyota,[5] the future production status of the Stella is in question as Toyota announced that Subaru kei cars would be replaced in model year 2010[needs update],[6] with Toyota already[when?] selling a Toyota vehicle rebadged as a Subaru, currently[when?] called the Subaru Dex. The second-generation Stella is a rebadged Daihatsu Move, introduced in Japan on May 11, 2011.


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