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Subaru transmissions: The seven sisters

How have Subaru transmissions changed? It all starts with a story.
Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 09:00
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Often times I become curious as to the origin of a phrase or a name. This frequently is prompted by the different names I continually see given to vehicles.  On one occasion after a day’s work, several of us here at ATSG sat around talking, and I brought this subject up.  This provoked a comical story of wit among us using the names of vehicles.

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It was something like a Grand Caravan made a Voyager to Daytona to enjoy a Sebring, then on to Town and Country including 5th Avenue and Aspen and all the way to the Pacifica.

They had quite a Vision. Grand Cherokee and Comanche argued with the Commander about using a Compass as opposed to doing a Valiant Sundance.

Others just wanted to Cruise using Satellite communication to Charge ahead with Nitro enjoying the Airflow. Some said this was a Cirrus and took the Concorde with pilot LeBaron to Monaco and then Windsor enjoying a Magnum of wine on the way. When the Grand Caravan suffered an Intrepid brake problem with the Caliber, they took the Liberty to go to a Premier show watching a Patriot’s wife be bitten by a Viper, to which he Avenger by a heavy Ram to its head. This was quite coincidental, since the two ended the day romantically enjoying the astronomical sign Aries in the night sky, which is the symbol of the Ram.

It was an amusing time as we continued the story using names from Ford and GM vehicles. But speaking about astronomical signs in the night sky, you might be surprised to learn that Subaru is the Japanese name for the Pleiades star cluster M45, otherwise referred to as "The Seven Sisters." According to tradition, one of these sisters is invisible. This is why Subaru has a blue oval emblem with six stars in it (Figure 1). It also is representative of the companies, which merged together to form Fuji Heavy Industries (FHI). FHI is a Japanese multinational corporation and conglomerate involved in aerospace and ground transportation. They are the maker of Subaru automobiles, the subject of this article. This will supplement two previous Subaru articles written in 2013, one called “The many Changes to the Subaru 4EAT” and the other “A Second Glance.”

Founded in 1953, Subaru made its presence known here in the United States 15 years later. Interestingly enough, one year after that (1969), we landed on the moon, which I am sure had a better view of the seven sisters. They might have even seen the invisible sister from there.

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