In mid-May, Subaru announced plans to expand its Lafayette, Indiana factory where it builds the Legacy, Outback and Tribeca, along with some Camry models for its partners at Toyota. The 52,000-square-foot expansion will bump capacity out to 180,000 units from 156K, and the $75M commitment will lead to around 100 new jobs. But that may just be the tip of the iceberg for Subaru's plans here in North America.

According to a new report from Japan's Kyodo News, Subaru parent Fuji Heavy Industries is investigating building a whole new plant in the States. The publication says that the plant could be online for the fiscal year beginning April 2015. The move would add capacity for the growing brand, which had sought to build a joint-venture plant in China, whose government has not yet signed off on the proceedings.


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      Kumar
      • 2 Years Ago
      There's a giant vacant old GM stamping plant just down the road in Indianapolis that would be a perfect spot. The union workers that were there sadly torpedoed any efforts to keep the plant open under different ownership since they were guaranteed jobs elsewhere if the plant closed. Would be a perfect location for another zero whatever environmentally conscious setup like they have up in Lafayette with its proximity to a river and the zoo.
      richard
      • 2 Years Ago
      Typical of Indiana, another non-union Japanese junk plant.
        The_Zachalope
        • 2 Years Ago
        @richard
        It's too bad Subaru isn't known for buildings solid cars which last hundreds of thousands of miles. Oh wait...
      Clay Smith
      • 2 Years Ago
      Please consider building your next American production facility in Johnstown, PA. Long-shuttered steelworks are available for site development, an idle skilled labor pool is ready to get back to work, access to rail and air transportation...we want you here!
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Clay Smith
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      QCRamAir
      • 2 Years Ago
      Man, they couldn't have put any other model out front for that picture? Geez that bulbous thing is ugly.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @QCRamAir
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      J D
      • 2 Years Ago
      Meanwhile, Ford mulling new plant in Mexico.
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      Hazdaz
      • 2 Years Ago
      One of my favorite car makers building even more cars here in the US sounds pretty damn good to me. Maybe even the Impreza can be US-built in this new factory.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Hazdaz
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      y69charger
      • 2 Years Ago
      just what we need more jap cars
      Juan Alvarez
      • 2 Years Ago
      It would be nice if Subrau brought back the Baja.
        Kumar
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Juan Alvarez
        Would have to be assembled at a North American plant to avoid the ever-awesome chicken tax.
        Or
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Juan Alvarez
        Yes, I love my Baja. There is nothing else on the road like it, and I mean that in a positive sense. Maybe they can salvage the Tribeca with a Baja variant.
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      Zoom
      • 2 Years Ago
      No surprises considering the strong Yen.
      FoxJ30
      • 2 Years Ago
      Why would they build a new one? Sad as it may seem, I bet they could take up space at Mitsu's Normal, IL plant that's never been fully utilized.
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