Subaru of America, Inc. (SOA), a pioneer of crossover all-wheel drive vehicles designed for the active lifestyle, has announced an enhanced benefits program for its employees. The company's attractive employee benefits program provides employees and their dependents with a comprehensive array of support options, while reinforcing its commitment to employee development, partnership and flexibility.

"Subaru constantly strives to provide employees with a fantastic work environment reflecting our brand attributes of fun, freedom, adventure, confidence and control, while offering valuable programs which support employees and the people in their lives that depend on them," says Scott Mogren, vice president, human resources, Subaru of America, Inc. "Our employees are vital to our past and future success and we firmly believe a quality professional life and a fulfilling personal life go hand-in-hand."

Innovative Subaru employee benefits that were recently formalized include:


-- Catastrophic Leave Program. In the event an employee must take an
unpaid leave of absence due to serious illness or if he/she must care
for another family member, Subaru employees may donate vacation time
to the employee in need.
-- Adoption Assistance Program. Subaru will reimburse an employee up to
$5,000 for adoption-related expenses such as adoption agency and
attorney fees. Up to $6,000 may be reimbursed to employees with an
adopted child with special needs. Some or all reimbursements may be
exempt from federal taxes (subject to income limitations).
-- Volunteer Opportunities. Subaru offers employees a variety of
volunteer opportunities, including release time for company-sponsored
activities. Release time activities include tutoring, speaking
engagements at local schools, technical assistance to non-profits and
a variety of opportunities benefiting children.
-- Domestic Partner Benefits. The Subaru Domestic Partner Benefit
Program includes comprehensive medical and dental coverage for
domestic partners of eligible employees.


Subaru also offers tuition reimbursement, a subsidized vehicle lease program for all eligible employees and an annual bonus program. Additional benefits include flextime, flexible spending accounts as well as retirement and pension plans. Subaru promotes a friendly work environment with a business casual dress code, casual day on Fridays and flexible summer hours.

About Subaru of America, Inc.

Subaru of America, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. of Japan. Headquartered near Philadelphia, the company markets and distributes Subaru vehicles, parts and accessories through a network of 590 franchised dealers across the United States. All Legacy and Outback models sold in the U.S. are produced at the company's American manufacturing plant, Subaru-Isuzu Automotive, Inc., near Lafayette, Ind.

Over the past six years, the company has nearly tripled its revenues and seen its sales increase by nearly 50 percent thanks to its popular line of car-based sport utility vehicles. The company is among the fastest growing brands in the automobile industry and was recently named "Most Improved Car Company in the World" by the London-based Financial Times Automotive World Magazine.