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Ask Subaru about the difficult car market and it is likely to ask in response, "What difficult car market?" The little Japanese brand has its XV sitting on top of sales charts in (one small corner of) Europe, the BRZ is still allergic to sitting on dealer lots, the company has raised its financial forecast due to strong US sales and being in the top five of Consumer Reports' reliability ratings is the sprinkles on the cupcake. Just-Auto now reports that Subie is considering increasing US production by 30,000 units as soon as 2014, and another 100,000 units as soon as 2016. That's good news for Subaru's Lafayette, Indiana plant, which builds the Legacy, Outback and Tribeca.

The increase in production has yet to be approved, but the company's been talking about it for a few months now, especially after it wasn't able to build a factory in China. The Chinese government denied Subaru parent company Fuji Heavy Industries (FHI) the right to build a factory in the People's Republic since Toyota, an FHI shareholder, already has two plants there. That ended up helping Subaru in the short term since it wasn't affected by the anti-Japanese sentiment over the issue of ownership of some islands in the South China Sea. In addition to the bumped-up production numbers, the president of FHI said he expects Subaru to sell more than 350,000 cars in the US next year; doing so would be an improvement of almost 30 percent over 2011.


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      Karfreek
      • 2 Years Ago
      I scratched Subaru off the list when they stopped offering sunroofs on stick shift models.
      Kuro Houou
      • 2 Years Ago
      Not sure how when they keep making their cars look uglier and uglier :( Except the BRZ, the only really good looking Subaru right now.
        Bryant Keith
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Kuro Houou
        because looks are everything...funny how 96% of people who buy a Subaru buy a second Subaru. Highest customer retention in business.
          GR
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Bryant Keith
          Well, I am a two time owner of a Subaru who no longer drives one. One of the main reasons I no longer drive one was the distasteful looks. They are good cars, but the competition is getting better too with better looks. While some are abandoning Honda and Toyota for Subaru, I've tried smaller/comparable brands to Subaru. And Kuro Houou, the BRZ's sheet metal was designed by Toyota, not Subaru. Subaru did most of the other development. May explain why it looks decent...
          NightFlight
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Bryant Keith
          Source please.
          jason_golden
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Bryant Keith
          Our household is on Subie #4. Part of this repeat business is product satisfaction, and the other driver is the hard-to-explain "warm-fuzzy & friendly" feeling we get with the dealer. The Subie dealer even hosts anuual events with ,music, food, a bit of a tuner crowd at the fringes. Lots of fun, and it does a TON for goodwill and brand character.
      Bakr Odeh
      • 2 Years Ago
      I love my 06 Legacy. Next car for sure is the new Forester. Dependable, roomy, great AWD system for Michigan, seating for 5 and their stuff, nice ground clearance, available with a manual transmission .
      Bill
      • 2 Years Ago
      My parents were Honda freaks and I thought they'd never buy anything else. They just bought an Outback wagon. Just sayin'.... Not my cup of tea, but I can see why they sell so many of them.
      Andrew
      • 2 Years Ago
      I just don't understand why their cars are growing and bloating in body size so fast? It is as if a CO2 tank has ruptured in them, and turned the Outback into a Ford Explorer, and the Forrester into an Escape... Cars? More like SUV's, I want my cyclist wagons back. :(
        AutoVido
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Andrew
        You beat me to it - Subaru, please, please bring the Legacy wagon back to Canada and the US. I don't want an inflated Outback or Forrester, I want a low boxer engine station wagon. It is almost time to replace our '06 wagon, and we'll going elsewhere to buy a car, as much as we've been happy with it.
          Jason Kellner
          • 2 Years Ago
          @AutoVido
          Look at the new Impreza hatchbacks. They've grown too, and they're just about as big as the old, unbloated Legacy/Outbacks. That's what I'll be looking at when my '03 needs replacing. I don't like the new ones either. Big 'n' ugly.
        Kumar
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Andrew
        "I just don't understand why their cars are growing and bloating in body size so fast?" -They're unfortunately growing as fast as obesity rates in the US. Our best shot is to lobby for an impreza wagon at this point, since it's about the size of the older legacy/outback wagons.
        Rich
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Andrew
        Right now you're witnessing (with manufacturers) a "land grab" for as much retail space (using different models and sizes) as possible. Baby bear - Impreza Momma bear - Outback/Legacy Papa bear - Forester
      Toronto St. Pats
      • 2 Years Ago
      If it didn't have that weird jowl at the front, it might look a bit more palatable. First Acura with its beak, now Subaru and its jowl.
        piggybox
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Toronto St. Pats
        Well, the non-turbo version doesn't have that and thus looks better IMO
      BC
      • 2 Years Ago
      If they increase production of their own vehicles, can they still build Camrys for Toyota, and if not, can Toyota's other US plants pick up the shortfall?
        Doug Utz
        • 2 Years Ago
        @BC
        My understanding is they will still be under contract with Toyota for Camry production. They are undergoing an expansion at the plant right now, which will help boost some of Subaru's own production numbers in the very near future. But to reach the figure they are talking about will require an additional US production facility - there's no way around that.
      Post
      • 2 Years Ago
      While Subarus have never won beauty awards, I think the new Impreza is really nice looking, and I mean immediately nice. Not initially hideous and after a while I get used to it and it looks sort of okay. The new Impreza is an instant 10. BRZ instant 8. New Forester 6. It's kind of weird looking.
        • 2 Years Ago
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      whofan
      • 2 Years Ago
      I always liked Subaru but thought they were going to hell when they came out with the styling of the Tribeca or what ever they called it. Their cars had that " just sucked a lemon" look. Nice to see Subaru now looking good again.
        Justin
        • 2 Years Ago
        @whofan
        That car was designed by GM to be built as a Saab. They just gave the design to Subaru after they sold their small shares once they realized Subaru wouldnt give them their engine design.
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