Subaru Stella

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Stella
Stella Custom.JPG
Overview
ManufacturerSubaru (2006–2011)
Daihatsu (2011–present)
Production2006–present
Body and chassis
ClassKei car
Body styleFive-door hatchback
LayoutFF layout
F4 layout optional
Powertrain
Engine658 cc EN07D DOHC AVCS I 4
658 cc EN07X DOHC I 4 supercharged
40 kW electric motor
TransmissionFive-speed manual
iCVT
Dimensions
Wheelbase2,360 mm (92.9 in)
Length3,395 mm (133.7 in)
Width1,475 mm (58.1 in)
Height1,645 mm (64.8 in)
Curb weight930 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.


References[edit]

  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). Archived from the original on 2009-08-22. 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". Autoblog.com. Retrieved 2010-02-22.