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.

The design of the 2015 Subaru Legacy is influenced by themes that made their debut on the Subaru Legacy Concept at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show. Thanks to these design themes, the new Subaru Legacy is able to fuse efficient functions into a sporty form.

Featuring a coupe-like profile, the new Legacy comes with a "nose-cone" front end that combines the grille and bumper into a single detail. Since the hood is made of aluminum, the weight over the front wheels has been reduced, thereby improving responses to steering inputs.

As designed, the new 2015 Legacy comes with a raked windshield that has been pulled forward by 2.0 inches at the base. This angle of this windshield, new front partition windows, higher seating hip points as well as door-mounted side view mirrors all help enhance outside visibility.

Since the new Legacy is now 10-percent more aerodynamically efficient, it also consumes less fuel. This aerodynamic efficiency is helped by the fact that all 2015 Subaru Legacy 2.5i trim levels now feature, as standard, the Active Grille Shutter system, which could reduce wind resistance when closed, further allowing the models to consume less fuel.

Meanwhile, the Legacy 3.6R Limited comes standard with HID low-beam headlights, which offer a more characteristic lighting signature at night. Interestingly, LED units are employed for the U-shape tail and brake lights on all models. Turn signal exterior mirrors are standard on Limited trim line models, but are optional on the Premium version.

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