Subaru to boost output at Lafayette plant for Legacy production

Article by Anita Panait, on February 11, 2014

Subaru is planning to hike output at its Lafayette site in Indiana to pave way for the increased production of its redesigned Legacy, remarked Subaru of America President Tom Doll. "We've got a little extra capacity," Doll said after Subaru introduced the 2015 Legacy at the Chicago Auto Show last week. Doll said that Subaru looks to hike Legacy sedan production to 60,000 units in 2014.

In 2013, Subaru built 125,554 Outback wagons and 40,800 Legacy sedans at the Lafayette site. "We would like to close that gap" to have a better balance between the Outback and the Legacy, Doll said. According to Subaru, the Lafayette site has an annual capacity for 310,000 units, including a line that produces the Toyota Camry.

Toyota, which partly owns Subaru parent Fuji Heavy Industries, had around 97,000 Camry units built at the Lafayette site in 2013. Doll remarked that Subaru is hoping to become a strong player in the mid-sized sedan via the redesigned Legacy, noting that the carmaker Subaru has been known for things other than sedans like all-wheel drive and boxer engines.

"Today we are celebrating that we are also a sedan company," said Doll at the launch of the redesigned Legacy.

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