• Apr 20, 2010
2010 Subaru Legacy 2.5GT – Click above for high-res image gallery

Subaru is still seeing record sales for its newly redesigned Legacy and Outback, and as such, the company is looking to bump up production at the birthplace of our long-term Legacy 2.5GT by a hefty 40 percent. Automotive News reports that Fuji Heavy Industries wants to see a total of 140,000 vehicles roll out of the doors at its Indiana plant by the end of 2010 – a figure that could prove to be problematic considering that the Lafayette facility is presently only geared to turn out 100,000 cars per year.

That means Subaru will have to rummage up a way to crank out an extra 40,000 units, which may mean adding an additional production line. So far, Subaru hasn't said how it plans to meet the goals set forth by the higher-ups, but Automotive News seems to think the company may take over a line currently devoted to producing the Toyota Camry. Considering there are whispers that the increased output will require an investment of tens of millions of dollars, our money is on seeing another line at the plant.

Last year, Subaru sold a total of 216,652 vehicles. The company says that with the announced nudge in production, that figure should increase to 230,000 for 2010.



[Source: Automotive News]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      The Legacy used to have attitude - now it looks bloated and generic, a Camry with AWD.
        • 4 Years Ago
        That is why it's breaking sales records. Apparently Subie is learning what (boring) Americans want in a car.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Who put that Sebring picture up there?
      • 4 Years Ago
      As a Hoosier, this makes me very happy.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Good job,Subaru.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I can't imagine Camry will survive Toyopocalypse and the onslaught of new and superior competitors (Fusion, Sonata, Optima) without losing some market share. Sounds like the perfect time to switch the Indy Camry line to Subaru, it could benefit both companies.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I was thinking this as well. I think Camry sales will come down enough that they won't have to build them in Indiana.

        Regardless, it's good to see the folks (who seem nice enough) at SIA will be gainfully employed for years to come.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Newsflash.

      Selling out, still has the word "selling" in it.

      Congrats to the appliance buyers for getting another option, at the expense of an already rare enthusiast option.

      My 2005 Legacy GT had better last a darn good long time. It may very well be my last.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I see my followup comment my that it's true, that lesbians like Subaru, was removed. I guess i was a little politically incorrect in the way i phrased it. :)

      Well it's true. Survey says over 45% of respondents found Subbie to be the most gay-friendly auto maker with VW and Ford coming in as distant runners up. It's because Subaru was the first to offer same sex couples benefits, they actively support gay organizations and events, and they direct market to gays with print ad campaigns like "Get Out. And Stay Out.", "It's Not a Choice. It's the Way We're Built." and "Likes to be Driven Hard and Put Away Wet.". It's no surprise gays find them the "gay-friendliest" auto maker.

      http://industry.bnet.com/auto/10001205/gay-friendly-cars-is-subaru-number-one/
      • 4 Years Ago
      There was a time when the Outback was a cool little wagon. Now it just looks like another supersized and bloated looking CUV. Or is it a full blown SUV now? Motor Trend named it the SUV of the year? I don't like it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      My street has 5 houses on it... between those 5 houses there are 6 Subaru vehicles. Seems like a lot of ordinary folk see the value in them.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Do you live in Vermont or Colorado?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Regardless of the actual level of lesbian saturation, I kind of want to move where you are. Those girls all adore me anyway, for reasons I can't fathom. I think it's because I have no gaydar and love Subarus.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ ngiotta,

        No, I wasn't. I was thinking Berkeley, CA. and "bears".

        tee hee
        • 4 Years Ago
        Really good question, I live in Dallas.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Wow. You have an unusually high percentage of lesbians on your street.

        Oh come on. You were all thinking the same thing.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm a big fan of AWD and Subie has been doing good things. I really hope they update their auto transmissions. They are still using slow shifting 4 speeds in the Impreza. I haven't been in a H6 Legacy, I'd hope the 5sp auto is way nicer then the Impreza.

      I think they are due for an update soon. Transmission and direct induction n stuff. Other then that, keep up the good work!
        • 4 Years Ago
        they dont use the super slow 4 speed anymore and the boxer in the FT-86 does have direct induction, so subarus will get it soon.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Rob,

        Thanks for the response. Now that's something good to hear about the Forester drivetrain. Makes it *really* hard to choose the outback now...
        • 4 Years Ago
        speed12sil, The drivetrain in the Forester has been around a long time. It is really close to the 2002+ MY WRX automatic drivetrain (now the Impreza 2.5 GT). This is part of why Subaru is reluctant to change it, it is known to be durable, and testing a new one costs a ton of money.

        Because the 4EAT transmission has been around a long time, there are many people that can attest it will last over 100,000 miles under stage 2. I don't expect any automatic trans to last more than 150,000 miles without a major service so it was an easy decision. In a nutshell I found nearly all trans failures were due to torque starts (brake stand starts) which overwhelm the factory cooling. 2.5 turbo Subaru engines are known to take much, much more before they have an issue. The COBB stuff retains the factory engine management safeguards so worst case, it should still protect the engine.
        • 4 Years Ago
        My wife has a 2010 Forester XT. I don't think it is really that slow shifting, it has so much torque you wouldn't know it has a 4 speed by the way it drives. In short I wouldn't let that put my off getting one, and I took it to Cobb to have the stage 2 setup installed. Now it makes like 350 ft lb at the wheels for like $1200 or so in parts. Video of my wife's mommy mobile: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4OFTLiJ-VWE
        • 4 Years Ago
        Rob,

        Do you know how stout the drivetrain is, with regard to being able to withstand that amount of torque from Cobb 2? Seeing your post makes me think that I should get a Forester 2.5XT base(err whatever it's called) instead of an outback, since the outback does not come with the 2.5 turbo. Your answer might push me to the Forester instead of the outback, for daily work horse duty.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Too bad Subaru (or any automotive company) couldn't just convert an assembly line or two of an idle or abandoned plant in Kokomo or Muncie, IN. I never quite understood the economics why companies would be at a financial loss to do that.

      Btw, I would love to go on a tour of Subie's eco-friendly plant!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Because running existing tooling faster is less expensive than duplicating a factory full of machines.

        To use another factory, they would have to duplicate all the machinery on the line, and all the inventory in stock to build the same car in two locations. You have to have a pretty solid base of demand, and a long term sustainability plan to justify duplicating an operation, rather than just running an existing operation faster.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Am I the only one who thinks Subaru has *the* ugliest gauges ever?

      They could take a hint from the new Sonata, or any VW ever.

      Who the hell wants a MPG gauge? I'll take a temperature one. Thanks.
        • 4 Years Ago
        A MPG gauge that doesn't even have units on it at that.

        Trendy crap.
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