Subaru is planning to expand production capacity at its factory in Indiana by 30 percent, adding workers to produce the Impreza in 2016.
The factory in Lafayette, Indiana currently employs around 3,600 workers and produces the Legacy, Outback, and Tribeca models. The plant is also responsible for producing the Toyota Camry. According to sources, hundreds of jobs will be added with the expansion, though an investment figure was not provided.
Over the last five years, Subaru sales has doubled and are up 17 percent through April this year. Last year, the Japanese automaker experienced a 36-percent growth, selling a total of 336,000 vehicles.
The Impreza is currently built in Gunma, Japan, but sales has fallen 31 percent this year mostly due to a lack of inventory. Currently the automaker has enough Imprezas on the ground to supply dealers for 29 days – a 60-day supply is considered optimal.
[Source: Automotive News]
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