Subaru may be set to end production of the Toyota Camry at its Lafayette, IN facility by 2017, according to a report from the Louisville Journal-Courier and a CBS affiliate in Columbia, South Carolina. Speaking to the plant's Executive Vice President Tom Easterday, the whole affair sounds like a done deal.

"Based on changes in Toyota's production plans, they have decided that the award-winning Camry production contract will not be renewed," Easterday said. Easterday was quick to emphasize that just because Camry production would end, doesn't mean jobs will be lost. "There will be no loss of jobs at SIA as a result of this," he said, before adding that the loss of Camry production will have no impact Subaru's $400 million investment to ready the plant for Impreza production in 2016. That said, adding a promised 900 jobs may take longer than originally planned, as Camry production staff are set to be retrained on Subaru production.

SIA currently has the capacity to produce 100,000 Camrys per year, and began production of the family sedan in 2007 alongside production of the Subaru Outback, Legacy and eventually, the soon-to-be-discontinued Tribeca.

We spoke via email with Toyota spokesperson Curt McAllister, who said, "We are not in position to discuss production plans at this time." Subaru has not responded as of this writing, but we'll update this post as soon we hear something.


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      wilkegm
      • 1 Year Ago
      Building Camries at SIA was just a stop-gap for Toyota. FHI/Subaru will make good use of the plant as they expand production into the Impreza, which means they should also be able to produce the Forester. Since the larger 3-row model due in a few years is mainly a NA product, it will likely find a home there as well.
      wtrmlnjuc
      • 1 Year Ago
      Hopefully this means that Toyota is making their Camry unboring.
      Kumar
      • 1 Year Ago
      Didn't AB report on the Tribeca replacement sitting out 2017 due to production capacity at that plant? http://www.autoblog.com/2013/11/11/plans-7-seat-subaru-tribeca-replacement-becoming-clearer/ I guess now we know where it will probably be made for the 2017/2017 MY.
      gregmlr
      • 1 Year Ago
      Not to fault AB, as you guys were simply quoting your source, but it's the Louisville Courier-Journal, not Journal-Courier.
      • 1 Year Ago
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      gary8322
      • 1 Year Ago
      So no more toyota for me
      Arizonarelax
      • 1 Year Ago
      Old news
      tegdesign
      • 1 Year Ago
      Good. That thing is dated and ugly. Wait, are they going to keep building it somewhere else?