This past November 1st marked production of the very first Subaru to be built in the United States, as the company celebrated the completion of the first Impreza at its new plant in Indiana. Subaru President Toshiaki Tamegai and other high-level company executives were on hand for the occasion.
This is the first Subaru Impreza in the company’s history to be assembled outside of Japan. The manufacturer decided to move forward with this new plant in the United States in reaction to strong increases in American sales of its vehicles, in each of the past eight years.
In addition to the new 2017 Impreza, Subaru’s Indiana plant will be producing the 2017 Outback and Legacy, with the majority of vehicles destined for the North American market. An SUV featuring three rows of seats will be added to the roster as of 2018. Annual capacity of the new plant will increase gradually from 218,000 to 394,000 units from now until the end of the year. Total capacity is expected to climb to 436,000 by March 2019.