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Subaru building the Impreza stateside (2016)

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http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/bus ... t/2143653/

Not sure if this applies to the WRX or STi as well....

TOKYO (AP) — Subaru said Wednesday that it is investing $400 million to expand its Lafayette, Ind. factory and will add 900 workers to build the Impreza small car there in 2016.

The plant now employs about 3,600 people and builds the Legacy and Outback and the Tribeca SUV. It also builds the Camry midsize car under contract with Toyota, the top shareholder in Subaru with a 16.5% stake.

Subaru, also known as Fuji Heavy Industries, said it will boost capacity at one of two assembly lines at the plant — the one now being used to build the Camry — from 100,000 vehicles to 200,000 vehicles.

It had already announced it would boost capacity at the other line from the current 170,000 vehicles to 200,000.

Production of the Impreza is expected to start by the end of the 2016, said Subaru spokesman Yoshiaki Tabei.

Subaru sold 724,500 vehicles globally for the fiscal year ended March, up 13% from the previous year, with 357,600 of them in the U.S. It sold 163,100 vehicles in Japan.

Subaru's U.S. sales have doubled in the past five years.

U.S. sales of the Impreza, now built in Gunma, Japan, have fallen 31% this year, due largely to a shortage of vehicles on dealer lots. Ward's Automotive says Subaru has only enough Imprezas to supply dealers for 29 days. A 60-day supply is considered optimal.

For the fiscal year ended March 31, Subaru sold 108,000 Impreza cars in the U.S., all imported from Japan.

Contributing: AP Auto Writer Tom Krisher in Detroit

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I hope not.
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Durania wrote:
I hope not.


I'll bite... What's so bad about the Impreza being assembled here? Fear if low quality?

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Maybe he doesn't want the WRX/STi to be produced here, which was a theory posited by the OP. Not sure.

Personally, I'm fine with an American built Impreza if it means more American jobs. Honestly, the build quality is already shit, and I think American build quality has improved over the last few years, whereas Japanese build quality is riding out its reputation from the late 90's. Knock yourselves out Subaru, how much worse can you do?

That's all my opinion, of course.
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bicycle_wreck wrote:
Maybe he doesn't want the WRX/STi to be produced here, which was a theory posited by the OP. Not sure.

Personally, I'm fine with an American built Impreza if it means more American jobs. Honestly, the build quality is already shit, and I think American build quality has improved over the last few years, whereas Japanese build quality is riding out its reputation from the late 90's. Knock yourselves out Subaru, how much worse can you do?

That's all my opinion, of course.


Maybe. It doesn't matter to me either way, as long as quality doesn't suffer... :lol: Almost typed that with a straight face! Subaru quality isn't what it used to be, that's for damn sure! Don't tempt them!
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