Subaru to increase production capacity at Outback, Legacy plant

Subaru says that it plans to increase production capacity at its Indiana plant by 40 percent this year to meet high demand for the Outback and Legacy. The move comes as owner Fuji Heavy Industries targets U.S. sales of 230,000 vehicles for 2010.

Subaru’s Lafayette, Indiana plant currently has the capacity for 100,000 vehicles annually, but the company wants to increase output to 140,000. Subaru did not say whether it would add a line, increase the speed of production or take capacity that it is currently allocating to Toyota’s Camry.

Subaru’s sales goal represents a 6 percent increase over the 216,652 vehicles it sold in 2009.

– By: Stephen Calogera

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