A Lapis Blue Pearl 2017 Outback did Subaru honors earlier this week in Indiana. It rolled off the line in Lafayette as the 3 millionth model built at the plant.
Subaru opened its Lafayette plant back in 1989 and it’s the only Subaru plant outside of Japan. Originally, it operated for both Subaru and Isuzu, but Subaru soon took complete ownership. The first models the company built there were the Legacy sedans and wagons. Later the Outback, Baja, and Tribeca joined the group.
The motivation behind building the Outback here in America makes sense. The 2016 Outback has been so popular in the U.S., dealers can barely keep them on their lots. In fact, July’s sales numbers just came in and Subaru reports the best ever July for both the Legacy and Outback. It also reports 29 consecutive months of selling more than 10,000 Outbacks.
The company has invested $140.2 million in equipment at the Lafayette plant. Recently, it also finished a $400 million expansion and Subaru plans to expand production there by about 100,000 more units per year.
The plant will soon begin building the 2017 Impreza and a new 3-row crossover. The planned 7-seater SUV will replace the discontinued Tribeca. It will also be bigger than the outdated Tribeca as well. Subaru plans to start building the SUV in 2018. It will go on sale later that year. Currently the model gets dubbed the Ascent 7. It likely will only be sold in America.
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