Subaru has produced its four-millionth vehicle at its Lafayette, Indiana factory. The Deep Indigo Blue 2014 Outback is pictured above, alongside the very first Subaru to leave the Lafayette facility, a first-generation Legacy. Formally known as Subaru of Indiana Automotive, SIA opened its doors in 1989 and currently produces the Outback, Legacy and Tribeca for Subaru, in addition to the Toyota Camry.

The plant, which was originally a joint venture between Subaru and Isuzu, has produced nine different models for four different manufacturers over the years, and is getting ready to add a tenth as Impreza production will be coming to SIA. Subaru announced plans to move Impreza production to Indiana when it made a $400-million investment in the facility earlier this year. As production continues, the Lafayette Journal-Courier reports that SIA will produce another million units by the end of 2017.


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      Egon
      • 1 Year Ago
      This isn't exclusive to Subaru, but that photo is a good illustration of how much huger cars have gotten in the past 20 years.
      • 1 Year Ago
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      Bruce Lee
      • 1 Year Ago
      Dear Subaru, please bring the Legacy wagon back, not everyone wants a super tall riding CUV.
        Chip
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Bruce Lee
        Agreed, those things are simply huge!
      S.
      • 1 Year Ago
      My parents owned one on the left - a red '91 Legacy FWD. Yes! At one point they had an option for FWD, which they bought because they lived in NC and TX at the time. Decent enough car. But look at the size difference! They replaced the '91 with an '02 Impreza OBS, then a '11 SX4 AWD when even the new Imprezas got too big for their tastes.
        Kumar
        • 1 Year Ago
        @S.
        Yep, and fairly indicative of the auto industry as a whole. It seems like at some point, auto makers gave up on getting you to buy the next model up in the range, and instead just started making your current model bigger. I'm sure modern safety requirements and the SUV effect (need bigger car to feel safe) has a bit to do with it.
      blasds78
      • 1 Year Ago
      The new Legacy is HUGE next to its first iteration! Good grief! I know it's not alone in that... The Accord and Camry cast a big shadow over their 1989 versions, too.
        wendavid99
        • 1 Year Ago
        @blasds78
        That's true. but it is still one of the smallest in midsize category.
      BBerry
      • 1 Year Ago
      I've owned 3 Brats, an 82, 83 and 84. I've owned a 97 Outback, an 05 Outback XT and now a 2010 Forester. I've owned plenty of other makes as well, but always come back to the Subarus. Love them. Some of the comments here crack me up. If you don't care about this, or think they are bad cars, or ugly, or wouldn't buy one, feel free not to read the article. No one forced you.
        The Wasp
        • 1 Year Ago
        @BBerry
        I congratulate Subaru and celebrate their right to design cars however they choose. I'm glad to read they have reached this milestone in American production. That said, several of their current cars are genuinely hideous.
        SayItAintSo
        • 1 Year Ago
        @BBerry
        It's funny you omitted the new litter though.. perhaps too ugly for you?
      Joe
      • 1 Year Ago
      Imagine if the 4 millionth vehicle was a Camry.
      dinobot666
      • 1 Year Ago
      Rumor has it that Subaru techs in Oregon are being trained on working on Subaru diesel engines. Does that mean a Subaru diesel is coming to the US? I hope so!
      Stang70Fastback
      • 1 Year Ago
      Aww! That's where my car was born 15 years ago!
      summazooma
      • 1 Year Ago
      Formerly known as Subaru-Isuzu Automotive... the original SIA acronym.
      Mike Cornell
      • 1 Year Ago
      Hey LuckkyStrike, have you ever seen a Tribeca come down your line? (they still make those?!) ;-)
        Barry Tate
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Mike Cornell
        If I never see another one on my lot again, I wouldn't be heartbroken.
        LukkyStrike
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Mike Cornell
        unfortunately, we just killed the Australian version, thank god, no more RHD. we build about 8 a day.
          LukkyStrike
          • 1 Year Ago
          @LukkyStrike
          well no more RHD if you do not count the 2ish every 6mo we build for Thailand
      Larry
      • 1 Year Ago
      Subaru makes the ugliest, least fuel efficient vehicles in the industry. Why do we care again? Oh, we don't.
        mao893kim
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Larry
        Well, since Subaru is on its way to its sixth year of record sales in the US, I'd say plenty care. Who care's what you think? Oh, we don't.
          engr00
          • 1 Year Ago
          @mao893kim
          Do you actully know their sales numbers or no, selling 1 vehicle and next year selling 3 is a 200% increase but hardly worth touting.
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