Subaru has been dealing with a manufacturing problem the past few years: its plants can barely keep up with demand for its vehicles. Specifically, the company is dealing with shipping over the popular Impreza and Forester models from Japan, but a new report says that the automaker will further expand its plant in Indiana to help increase capacity.
Subaru already announced that it was going to increase capacity of its Lafayette, Indiana plant to 200,000 units, but Automotive News is now reporting that Subaru is looking to increase that figure to somewhere between 250,000 and 300,000 cars. Currently, the facility has two production lines: the larger of the two can build up to 200,000 Subaru Outback, Legacy, and Tribeca models per year; the other can make up to 100,000 Toyota Camry sedans.
Although Subaru has yet to detail the further expansion plans, AN states that the automaker really only has two options – either cut some Camry production to build its own cars or to expand the Subaru-only line. It's expected that the additional capacity would either go to the Impreza, the XV Crosstrek, or the Forester; the Impreza and Forester are the company's second- and third-best-selling vehicles after the Outback.
Yasuyuki Yoshinaga, the president of Subaru parent company Fuji Heavy Industries, told AN that the company is expecting to do roughly 750,000 sales globally in 2013, with 365,000 coming from the U.S. Subaru is aiming to move 400,000 units here per year by 2016; last year, the automaker moved 336,441 vehicles, putting it well on its way to its goal. Yoshinaga said to AN that "we'll be selling 1,000 cars every day."
The official announcement detailing the Indiana expansion is slated to be finished by the end of March and announced this spring.
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