In the the April 2015 to April 2016 financial year, Subaru sold 965,892 all-wheel-drive vehicles, which accounted for 15.2% of the entire global market, putting the the Japanese manufacturer ahead of Audi, according to an Autocar report. Jaguar Land Rover was ranked fifth in the global all-wheel-drive sales stakes, mostly due to the Land Rover part of the group’s portfolio.

Subaru Corporation, previously known as Fuji Heavy Industries is an entity made up of many parts, and 94% of its income is derived from the automotive division; its aerospace division accounts for just 4.7%. The United States, is an important market for Subaru, as it accounts for 60% of its global sales figure.

Domestically, Subaru was better known for its range of kei cars, with the Subaru 360 the first to emerge. The Japanese company’s first all-wheel-drive car was the Subaru Leone station wagon, which proceeded to become the world’s best all-wheel-drive car, and set the foundations for the even more popular Subaru Legacy sedan and wagon in 1989.

It would also appear that Subaru’s brand strength hasn’t quite made it across the Atlantic: Europe saw the sale of 50,000 cars this year, which is less than what it achieves in the US in a month. In the United Kingdom, annual sales stand below 4,000 units.

The US market can also be credited with driving the peak of the company’s upswing in 2016, with 615,000 coming from the US that year. Subaru has a factory in Indiana, which is slated to produce 400,000 vehicles by the end of this year, with the aim of producing 436,000 units annually by 2019.

Subaru’s success was attributed to its AWD layout to a straightforward vehicle line-up; a relatively simple choice of boxer-four (and in some selections, six) cylinder engines, one kind of running gear, one platform for all models from the XV up to a rumoured seven-seater SUV.

Subaru’s eight closely-related models are built from the same basic archiecture, which now already underpins the new XV and Crossrtrek, with the Ascent SUV due for debut next year, according to the report. The remaining models will adopt the new platform over the next three years.

Autocar speculation is that Subaru could build an all-electric crossover similar in size to the Forester by 2021, due to California regulations which require to company to produce an electric vehicle; similar regulations are also in place for other US states. The EV crossover is expected to be an adaptation of the existing platform.

Under Subaru’s ‘Prominence 2020 plan, the company aims to be building more than 1.2 million cars annually by decade’s end, and it also wants to be ‘number one for customer trust’ and to also hve industry-leading profitability. In the last three months of 2016, operating profit was tagged at just over £1 billion (RM5.5 billion), with an 18.4% profit margin.