Subaru to stop producing Toyota Camry at its US plant by 2017

Article by Anita Panait, on November 16, 2013

Subaru of Indiana Automotive Inc. will halt the production of Toyota Camry at its Indiana assembly site by 2017 after a five-year contract to build the sedans expires that year, the Louisville Journal & Courier reported on its Web site, citing Tom Easterday, SIA's executive vice president. Local TV broadcaster WLFI likewise reported the plans, also citing Easterday.

The Journal & Courier's jconline.com quoted Easterday as saying that based on changes in Toyota's production plans, it was decided that the contract for Subaru to build the Camry will not be renewed.

Masashi Uemura, a spokesman for Subaru parent Fuji Heavy Industries, remarked that nothing has been decided and that the company has nothing official to announce.

Subaru disclosed earlier this year that it will expand the site’s annual capacity to build Subaru vehicles to 300,000 by the end of 2016, up from the current 170,000.  On top of that, the site also has the capacity to build 100,000 Camrys a year.

Subaru also disclosed earlier this year that it would add production of the Impreza to the site, which is its only factory in North America. Easterday was quoted as saying the addition of the Impreza to the jobs will mean no job cuts if the production of the Camry ends at the site.

Easterday told the Journal & Courier that Subaru has future projects in mind that should add hundred jobs in the future, possibly by 2018.

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