First American-made Impreza Rolls Off the Assembly Line in Subaru of Indiana Automotive PlantNov 2nd, 2016
- 2017 Impreza built on all-new Subaru global platform to be produced at Subaru of Indiana Automotive Inc. (SIA)
- Historic change of production location reflects strong demand in North American markets
(MISSISSAUGA) – Subaru Canada, Inc. (SCI) is pleased to announce that production of the all-new 2017 Subaru Impreza has started at Subaru of Indiana Automotive Inc. (SIA). On November 1, 2016, the first-ever American-made Impreza rolled off the assembly line and SIA held a line-off ceremony with attendance of President Toshiaki Tamegai and Associates.
The Impreza had historically been produced only in Japan. Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. (FHI), the manufacturer of Subaru automobiles decided to move the production of the Impreza to the U.S. because of increasing North American demand for Subaru vehicles, evidenced by eight consecutive years of increased sales in the U.S. as well as four consecutive years of sales records in Canada, with a fifth well under way. In addition, the high level of operational and production quality SIA has demonstrated over its nearly 30-year history made it a natural choice.
SIA now builds the Subaru Legacy, Outback and Impreza mainly for the U.S. and Canadian markets. It will add Subaru’s all-new 3-row crossover SUV to its production line-up in 2018. To keep up with growing sales, SIA will increase its annual capacity from 218,000*1 to 394,000*1> units by the end of this year. The capacity will further grow to 436,000*1 units by March 2019.
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.
< Subaru of Indiana Automotive, Inc. >
Address: 5500 State Road 38 East, Lafayette, Indiana
Established: March 17, 1987 *2
Capital: US$794 million
Representative: Toshiaki Tamegai, President and CEO
Number of associates: 5,541 (as of September 2016)
Models produced: Subaru Legacy, Outback and Impreza (as of November 2016)
Start of production: September 11, 1989
*1: Annual capacity figures are on a standard-operation basis.
*2: SIA was originally established as Subaru-Isuzu Automotive, Inc. as a joint venture between FHI and Isuzu, and was renamed to Subaru of Indiana Automotive, Inc. in January 2003 when it became a wholly-owned subsidiary of FHI.
About Subaru Canada, Inc. Subaru Canada, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. of Japan. Headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario, the company markets and distributes Subaru vehicles, parts and accessories through a network of 92 authorized dealers across Canada. For more information, please visit www.subaru.ca or www.pr.subaru.ca or follow @Subaru_Canada on Twitter.