As the Subaru automaker has been recently pampered by the very strong sales recorded in its biggest market – America, its Japanese parent Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd is now mulling a new and larger SUV – to be built and sold there.
According to spokesman Fusao Watanabe, Fuji Heavy is prospecting whether to develop and build a replacement for the aging Tribeca SUV, which has space for up to seven people.
The Japanese automaker stopped making the current generation Tribeca at its only US plant in Indiana, this January. The factory is also used to build Toyota Camry’s for the largest automaker in the world, which also owns 16.5 % of Subaru’s parent Fuji Heavy.
Watanabe said that initial details of the vehicle are still under consideration, but added that US manufacturing is a fact, as the automaker intends to only sell the vehicle there.
Additionally, the automaker is currently in the midst of a production expansion for the Indian plant, as last year the US sales rose by 26 % to hit record deliveries of 424,683 cars.
The plant currently produces 270,000 units a year, with 100,000 dedicated to Toyota’s Camry model. After the $400 million investment would be finalized, the annual production capacity should add another 100,000 cars before 2016 ends.
by Aurel Niculescu
) - Thursday, May 1st, 2014 - filed under Industry
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