• Expansion investment estimated at $400 million as SIA adds Subaru Impreza production
  • Record sales in North America contribute to parent company's decision to invest and expand production capacity at SIA
  • Production will move from Japan to North America in 2016

Fuji Heavy Industries has announced the Subaru Impreza will be produced in its North American plant beginning in 2016.

Subaru of Indiana Automotive (SIA) will expand its plant in Lafayette, Indiana to produce the sedans and hatchbacks, creating 900 new jobs.

"Record sales and a gain in market share for Subaru in North America led parent company, Fuji Heavy Industries (FHI), to the decision to invest US$400m to build the Impreza at its North American production facility, SIA, and increase the plant's capacity by approximately 100,000 vehicles annually," a statement said.

The plant will be expanded by over half a million square feet and the project will also involve new equipment - primarily in the paint and body shops- as well as changes to improve overall process flow.

Models currently produced at SIA are the Outback, Legacy and Tribeca. The Impreza currently is built only at Subaru's Yajima and Gunma plants in Japan.

Construction of the planned expansion will begin this autumn and is expected to be completed by the end of 2016.

Construction also continues on a $75m expansion project announced last May which will increase SIA's capacity from 156,000 to 180,000 units annually without overtime.

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Subaru Canada announces North American expansion

 

 

        --  Expansion investment estimated at $400 million as SIA adds

            Subaru Impreza production.

        --  Record sales in North America contribute to parent company's

            decision to invest and expand production capacity at SIA.

        --  Production of popular compact sedans and hatchbacks will move

            from Japan to North American plant beginning in 2016.

 

 

MISSISSAUGA, ON, May 8, 2013 /CNW/ - Subaru Canada, Inc. (SCI) today

 announced that its popular compact car, the Subaru Impreza, will be

 produced in its North American plant beginning in 2016. The

 announcement arrives on the heels of a banner year and new milestones

 in company history as sales continue to climb. Subaru of Indiana

 Automotive, Inc. (SIA), the North American manufacturer of Subaru

 vehicles, will expand its plant in Lafayette, Indiana to produce the

 popular compact sedans and hatchbacks, creating 900 new jobs in the

 process.

 

 

 

Record sales and a gain in market share for Subaru in North America led

 parent company, Fuji Heavy Industries, Ltd. (FHI), to the decision to

 invest $400 million to build the Impreza at its North American

 production facility, SIA, and increase the plant's capacity by

 approximately 100,000 vehicles annually. The expansion will involve

 construction to develop SIA's total square footage by over half a

 million square feet. The project will also involve the installation of

 new state-of-the-art equipment - primarily in the paint and body

 assembly sections - as well as changes to improve overall process flow,

 including the addition of 900 jobs to its workforce.

 

 

 

"The success of the Subaru brand can be credited, in part, to the

 dedication of SIA's highly skilled associates," stated SIA's executive

 vice president, Tom Easterday. "Our associates are very excited about

 the opportunity to build the Subaru Impreza at SIA and will remain

 committed to the same high level of quality, safety and teamwork that

 goes into every Subaru built at SIA."

 

 

 

Subaru models currently produced at SIA include the Outback, Legacy and

 Tribeca, while the Impreza is currently built only at Subaru's Yajima

 and Gunma plants in Japan. Powered by Subaru's 2.0-litre, 4-cylinder

 horizontally opposed SUBARU BOXER engine and Subaru's celebrated

 symmetrical full-time All-Wheel Drive, the fun-to-drive Impreza is

 popular for its award-winning safety, value and excellent fuel economy.

 

 

 

"The Subaru Impreza has been a favoured choice of many Canadians as it

 delivers more than what's expected in a compact car," said Shiro Ohta,

 president and CEO of Subaru Canada, Inc. "FHI's decision to move

 production to SIA illustrates their confidence in Subaru's North

 American market as we continue to set sales records and gain market

 share."

 

 

 

Construction of the planned expansion is slated to begin this fall and

 is expected to be completed by the end of 2016. Construction continues

 on the $75 million expansion project announced last May, which will

 increase SIA's capacity from 156,000 to 180,000 Subaru units annually

 without overtime.

 

 

About SIA

 

Subaru of Indiana Automotive, Inc. (SIA), a subsidiary of Fuji Heavy

 Industries, Ltd., is the home of North American Subaru production.

 Models built at the Lafayette, Indiana plant include the Subaru Legacy,

 Outback and Tribeca. SIA also produces the Toyota Camry under contract

 with Toyota. SIA employs over 3,600 associates, and every associate is

 committed to quality, safety and environmental stewardship. An industry

 leader in environmental stewardship, SIA was the first auto assembly

 plant in America to achieve zero landfill status, and SIA's entire

 832-acre site has been designated a Backyard Wildlife Habitat by the

 National Wildlife Federation. SIA's community outreach programs include

 providing charitable contributions and corporate sponsorships, hosting

 charitable events on-site, donating vehicles and vehicle parts to

 educational institutions and encouraging associate volunteerism, which

 supports hundreds of non-profit organizations and schools throughout

 Indiana annually. SIA was the recipient of the 2012 Governor's Award

 for Corporate Service. For more information, visit www.subaru-sia.com.

Original source: PRN