It was back in 2007 that Subaru of Indiana Automotive, under contract from Subaru minority shareholder Toyota, built the first Toyota Camry at its plant in Lafayette, Indiana. Rumblings of the end of that contract work have been around for a while, as Subaru talked of expanding capacity to build more units and add a line for the Impreza, and Toyota talked of moving Camry production to its Georgetown, KY plant. The news was official internally last November when SIA Executive Vice President Tom Easterday told the Louisville Courier-Journal that Camry production would end. Now, Automotive News reports that both automakers have admitted publicly that the end will come in 2016.

SIA currently has a 170,000-unit capacity devoted to the home-brand Legacy and Outback models, while a $400-million expansion increases that to 300,000 units to prepare the facility for Impreza production in two years. Freeing up the 100,000 units of production devoted to the Camry means a 400,000-unit capability, which is far more than Subaru needs at the moment, but the Toyota exit will allow it to expand any way it sees fit. Subaru has said it will absorb the workers on the Camry line and no jobs will be lost, the mayor of Lafayette saying the development could change the timetable for the expansion.


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      NY EVO X MR GUY
      • 7 Months Ago
      Wow. I just learned something new today. It is always surprising to know the goings on in the autoworld.
      Parris Boyd
      • 7 Months Ago
      Better yet, just quit makin' 'em period. NASA physicist Henning Leidecker is warning of increased risk of unintended acceleration in '02-'06 Camrys, and the public has no reason to believe Toyota corrected the electronic defects embedded systems expert Michael Barr found in the Recall King's throttle control. Furthermore, two attorneys and an Orlando TV station are saying Toyota's $1.2 billion federal criminal settlement invloved electronic defects associated with unintended acceleration. Amazing that anyone would buy vehicles from crooks like Toyota and GM. I've been blogging about both of these deceitful corporations and a government that keeps 'em propped up and outta jail. Search "Beware of Toyota. Their next victim may be YOU..."
        valpo16
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Parris Boyd
        SO u drive GM that wants to not spend 57 cents on a fix and is linked to at least 13 deaths. Dude every corporate has it's evils get over it. These import companies pay higher wages and better benefits then UAW and treat workers right and management and workers get along great. I have worked both sides and these companies are more american made then so called american car companies. Google who bailed GM out that was not government money it was China's government they own a huge chunk of GM and also Chrysler is not at all american it is 100% France aka Fiat. Only true american is Ford and it has many foreign investors in it.
      RobG
      • 7 Months Ago
      Now we know why the newest Legacy looks like a freakin' Camry. I hate the Camry with a passion. Glad it's going back to a Toyota factory. Maybe the NEXT Legacy will look decent again. Sigh.
        valpo16
        • 7 Months Ago
        @RobG
        Toyota I want to say owns around 27% of Subaru there big guy and them building the Camary had nothing to do with design there are designed in Japan or Cherry Hill, NJ. There are 2 assembly lines there Izuzu was ran one the one and when they went out when GM sold the stock of subaru in middle 90s that line shut down and sat empty camry needed more output so instead of build a new billion dollar factory they leased out that line and actually those line workers worked for toyota. Cause alot of getting laid off but then can get re hired under Subaru for the new line start up in 2016. My friend works on toyota side he is transfering to kentucky because of this. And sorry they are still both solid vechiles
        blasds78
        • 7 Months Ago
        @RobG
        Do you "hate" it for a reason? Or, do you hate it because it's popular to s*** on the brand/model?
        Suzq044
        • 7 Months Ago
        @RobG
        I always wondered about that.. lol
      valpo16
      • 7 Months Ago
      Great cars build BY AMERICA Parris you are a jack wagon no one has died from them look at GM can't spend 57 cents these imports spend huge money locally. I worked at SIA and still have friends and family there great pay and great place to work. ZERO Landfill since 2004 first car factory in America to do it. And they are gonna start building the impreza on that line and building a new paint booth and many more mods to the building they need increased output of the lines that is really one of the main reasons not cause the contract so much. Also Toyota baught a huge chunk of Subaru back quite a few years ago GM owned a huge chunk and sold in the 90's saying not a good investment wow go figure there not smart its turned into huge money. So toyota has a decent say with subaru hence the joint venture BRZ, FRZ
      _M7_
      • 7 Months Ago
      thats sad...the begining of the end, subaru unlike toyota are better made