• Dec 6, 2005

Toyota president Katsuaki Watanabe and Fuji Presiden Kyoji Takenaka have finally met and officially agreed to build Toyota vehicles at Fuji's U.S. plant in Indiana where the Outback station wagon, Legacy sedan, Baja and B9 Tribeca are currently produced. The plant in Lafayette pumps out about 100,000 Subarus a year and analysts are saying that it will be producing about 100,000 vehicles for Toyota when the agreement goes into effect. That means either that Subaru production will be bumped or that the plant's capacity will be increased to handle the demand. Also confirmed was the official commingling of each company's engineers on various projects that were not named, but can safely be assumed to involve hybrid technology.



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      • 9 Years Ago
      Toyota will probably use Subaru's all wheel drive technology for some upcoming "crossover" vehicles. AWD is the main feature that differentiates Subarus from most other cars, so that's likely to be what Toyota wanted when it bought Fuji stock from GM. GM never developed a worthwhile relationship with Subaru (Fuji), a company that builds better cars than GM does. GM's head is still in its ass--will it ever get out?
      • 9 Years Ago
      Wow, yeah, Subaru's boxer engines are bad news for them... all the way to the bank. Whatever the Detroit apologists say, GM is doing poorly and Subaru is doing well.
      • 9 Years Ago
      KennyBoy, I just turned 96k on my boxer subaru engine. When I changed the oil at 95k, the 6 quarts that went in replaced the EXACTLY 6 quarts that drained out. You got a better 200+ HP engine than that?
      • 9 Years Ago
      And in other news, Kennyboy has no clue about what he is talking about.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Too bad the "B9" is such a homely vehicle: http://www.thearticlewriter.com/subaru-b9-tribeca-ugly-or-not.htm
      • 9 Years Ago
      If GM is wondering why it is doing so poorly, they just need to look at what Toyota is doing with it's parital ownership of Fuji Heavy Industires (Subaru). GM had no obvious plan when they purchased Subaru, during the time of ownership it was more like what can Subaru do for GM and not a mutually beneficial arangement. Toyota obviously had a reason for buying shares of FHI and they are immedately putting plans in place to utilize the money they spent. I bet that will not only benefit Toyota but also greatly benefit Subaru in terms of more production money, what will likely result in a bigger and better U.S. plant and what we are all assuming access to other hybrid technology and possibily and exanasion and production of their own hybrid technology that we saw in the B5 concept. It should be interesting to watch this relationship grow and how each respective car company will grow. Too bad, GM didn't use what it had to the benefit of themselves.