Published on November 6th, 2016 | by Subhash Nair0
The First-Ever American-made Impreza Rolls Off Assembly Line
Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. (FHI), the manufacturer of Subaru automobiles, is pleased to announce that it has started production of the all-new 2017 Subaru Impreza in its U.S. plant, Subaru of Indiana Automotive Inc. (SIA). On November 1, 2016, the first-ever American-made Impreza rolled off the assembly line and SIA held a line-off ceremony with attendance of President Toshiaki Tamegai and Associates.
The Impreza had historically been produced only in Japan. FHI decided to move the production of the Impreza to the U.S. because of increasing American demand for Subaru vehicles, evidenced by eight consecutive years of increased sales in the U.S., as well as the high level of operational and production quality the plant has demonstrated over its nearly 30-year history.
SIA builds the Subaru Legacy, Outback and Impreza mainly for the U.S. and Canadian markets. It will add Subaru’s all-new 3-row crossover SUV to its production line-up in 2018. To keep up with growing demand, SIA will increase its annual capacity from 218,000 to 394,000 units by the end of this year. The capacity will further grow to 436,000 units by March 2019.