A subcompact hatchback assembled and sold by Japanese automaker Subaru. It has been in production since 1984. The Justy was assembled by Subaru between 1984 and 1994, but after 1994 model, the Justy has been marketed by Subaru as a rebadged version of other cars. The most recent version of rebadged Justy was launched as second generation Daihatsu Sirion at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2007 and equipped with a 1.0-L straight-3 engine mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox. It was a front-wheel drive.
The Justy was designed and assembled in Japan and launched in Japanese domestic market in 1984. The Justy reached the markets of United States and United Kingdom in 1987. In 1989, all the versions of Justy were redesigned.
During the period from 1987 to 1994, only Japanese-built Justy models were offered in the US market. All-wheel drive version was added in the lineup in 1988. The Multi-Port Fuel Injection was introduced in 1992. Both in United States and United Kingdom, Justy was the last carbureted car offered. A 4-door version was offered between 1991 and 1994. Justy was also offered in Canada from 1995 model onward.
Rebadged Models from Other Automakers
Several rebadged models from other automakers were offered under Justy name tag after the 1994 model year. For instance, a rebadged second generation Suzuki Cultus was offered in European market under Justy name tag in 1994. It was assembled in Suzuki’s Hungarian facility and offered in 3- and 5-door versions with an option of all-wheel drive. Another Suzuki model, Suzuki Ignis was sold in European market under the G3X Justy name tag in 2004. A rebadged Toyota Passo/Daihatsu Boon equipped with Toyota 1.0-L 1KR-FE engine was launched under Justy name tag in 2007.
Subaru Models Carrying Other Nameplates
In many markets, it was sold as J-series or as Subaru Trendy. J-series usually based on J10 and J12 models, where J10 stands for 1.0-L versions and J12 represents 1.2-L models.
One such model was also sold in Taiwan where Subaru offered a sedan-style body model with upgraded 80 bhp (60 kW) fuel injected EF12 engine under Tutto name tag.
In its early years, the Justy was available with a 1.0-L or 1.2-L 3-cylinder EF series engine mated to a manual or continuously variable transmission (CVT). It was offered as front-wheel drive or on demand all-wheel drive. The continuously variable transmission (CVT technology) was used to enhance the performance of the car which could not be achieved with traditional automatic transmission otherwise with three-cylinder engine. However, the CVT transmission was not accepted as suitable option due to long distances.
Minor modifications were made in 1989 when gear ratios were modified. The size of the front brakes and outer axle shafts were also enlarged. The rear differential was also strengthened while the front axle shafts were made identical in size.
A rebadged second generation Suzuki Cultus which was sold under Justy nameplate in Europe was equipped with a 1.3-L SOHC 8V, G13BA Suzuki engine mated to a Suzuki’s 5-speed manual transmission. It was also available as all-wheel drive option.
In the US market, the 1990 model year of the Justy was regarded as the last with carburetor. In 1991, fuel injection was introduced. However, there were some 1992 US models that were still offered with carbureted engine.