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Subaru Leone History

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Subaru Leone

The Subaru Leone is a compact automobile produced by Subaru from June 1971 to February 1989 when it was replaced by the Subaru Loyale, which was essentially the same car, only with a different name. The Leone was known as the "GL/DL" in North America. The Leone was offered in sedan format from launch and station wagon format starting in September 1972.

The Leone soon became a success in areas where people wanted four wheel drive (4WD), but didn't want a larger car. It soon became the world's top-selling 4WD. The car is powered by a water-cooled, horizontally-opposed, 4-cylinder OHV engine.

The first Subaru Legacy was originally intended to be a Leone replacement, but the car was moved upmarket. The Leone soldiered on in Japan. It did not have a direct replacement until the Subaru Impreza launched in October 1992.

In the mid-1990s the Leone name was revived in the Japanese market for a rebadged Nissan Sunny AD wagon, marketed by Subaru.

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