Subaru to Boost Outback and Legacy Production

Strong demand has prompted Subaru to boost production of the hot-selling Outback and Legacy at its Indiana assembly plant.

Subaru’s Lafayette, Indiana assembly plant is currently capable of producing 100,000 vehicles per year. The plant is home to the award-winning Outback, redesigned Legacy, and the Tribeca, and shares floor space with the Toyota Camry.

Spokesman Masahi Uemara recently said Subaru intends to boost capacity by 40 percent to 140,000 vehicles, although he did not specify if Subaru would add another production line, step up line speed, or re-appropriate capacity from Toyota. According to Japan’s Nikkan Kogyo business daily, Subaru is set to invest tens of millions of dollars to up plant productivity.

After proving to be one of the more recession-resistant automakers last year, Subaru is targeting a 6-percent increase in United States sales to 230,000 vehicles. Through the first quarter of 2010, both the Outback and Legacy have posted triple digit improvements, selling 19,275 (up 126 percent) and 8550 units (up 111 percent), respectively. Subaru as a whole has improved 38 percent for the year.

Source: Automotive News (Subscription required)

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