The Subaru Justy is a subcompact hatchback that has been sold by Japanese automobile manufacturer Subaru since 1984. From 1984–1994 Subaru manufactured the Justy itself; since then it has sold a rebadged version of other vehicles under the Justy nameplate. The company introduced the latest iteration, a rebadged Daihatsu Sirion (2nd generation), at the 2007 Frankfurt Motor Show with a 1 or 1.2 litre straight-3 engine, front/four wheel drive electronically controlled continuously variable transaxle, or 5-speed manual transaxle.
Originally designed and manufactured in Japan, the Justy was introduced to Japan in 1984. United States and United Kingdom versions followed in 1987 and all models received a restyling in 1989.
In the United States, only the Japanese manufactured models were sold and only from 1987 to 1994. The Justy received 4WD in 1988, and all models were equipped with Multi Port Fuel Injection late in 1992. A four-door model was also available from 1991 to 1994. A 1995 model was offered in Canada.
Rebadged models from other manufacturers
After 1994, rebadged models from other manufactureres carried the Justy nameplate:
- In 1994, Subaru introduced to the Europe a rebadged second generation Suzuki Cultus carrying the Justy nameplate. Manufactured in Suzuki's Hungarian plant, these were available in 3 and 5 door models with available four wheel drive.
- In 2004, a rebadged Suzuki Ignis carried the G3X Justy nameplate in Europe.
- In model year 2007 a rebadged Toyota Passo/Daihatsu Boon revived the Justy nameplate with the Toyota 1KR-FE 1.0 L engine
Subaru models carrying other nameplates
In some countries the Justy was sold under the name Subaru Trendy or just as the 'J-series', J10 for 1.0L versions and J12 for 1.2L versions.
In Taiwan, Subaru marketed a version of the Justy with a sedan-style body and an uprated 80 bhp (60 kW) fuel injected EF12 engine called the Tutto.
Initially, the Justy was equipped with a 1.0 or 1.2 liter EF three-cylinder engine and either a manual transmission or a continuously variable transmission with either front wheel drive or on-demand four wheel drive. The CVT technology (a pushbelt system) was employed because with a conventional automatic transmission, performance would have been unacceptable, due to the small 3-cylinder engine. In North America, because of the long distances, the CVT was considered unreliable, but this has not been the case in other countries.
In 1989, the gear ratios changed, front brakes and outer axle shafts were made larger, the rear differential was reinforced and front axle shafts were identical lengths.