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.

The 2012 Toyota Camry has an elegantly simple yet modern form, which emphasizes a lower and wider stance compared to that of the previous models. The car’s design expresses an "architectural statement" through its precise, crisp character lines, while a more defined chrome-accented (on the LE and XLE models) rocker panel molding and strongly curved door cross-section give it a more expressive look.

What’s more, the new Camry’s headlights are more dynamic in shape, with their main-beam unit sporting a pronounced curve and merging with the bumper cover. Meanwhile, the fog lights are XLE and SE standard equipment. The rear lamp clusters are also tightly wrapped on the body sides, their top sections extending towards the trunk panel.

Additionally, the Camry LE and XLE versions boast additional exterior chrome trim, while the SE model debuts an exclusive fine-mesh upper grille portion and its own lower-body design. The SE also features a 3-part lower grille section that houses its fog lamps, together with headlamp bezels in black sport trim. The SE’s prominent rocker panel moldings cleanly link to integrated underbody spoilers at the front and rear, emphasizing width. The trunk lid, on the other hand, carries an integrated spoiler.

The Camry’s new body design is accentuated by four new colors. Two colors – Clearwater Blue and Attitude Black Metallic – are all-new Toyota colors in the U.S. Clearwater Blue contains a silver metallic pigment that gives this color a glassy and water-like finish. Attitude Black Metallic, meanwhile, integrates a bright blue pigment, which gives the traditional jet black color an intriguing effect.

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