This is one of the most iconic Japanese car makers. Literally, Subaru is the Japanese name for the Pleiades star cluster M45 which is located in the Taurus constellation. This star cluster can be seen with the naked eye. The first Subaru president felt that Subaru was a beautiful word in Japanese and decided to name the automaker after it. The star cluster is depicted in the company logo as well. Subaru is also the result of six companies that joined to form Fiji Heavy Industries, which later created the Subaru division. Some suggest that the word ‘Subaru’ is an anagram representation of the six original companies.