Subaru to almost double its U.S. production by 2016 image

Japanese automaker Subaru is doing pretty well in the U.S. at the moment, with good sales results and a strong production forecast.

More specifically, the Fuji Heavy Industries-owned brand plans to raise U.S. production by 30,000 units from 2014, and another 100,000 units from 2016, according to a report from

That would mean an increase of vehicle output in the U.S. from 170,000 units a year to around 300,000 per year as soon as April 2016, as Fuji Heavy Industries president Yasuyuki Yoshinaga told Kyodo News. The company will take a final decision on the plan by the end of this year.

According to the plan, Subaru will first increase production at its existing plant in Indiana by 30,000 units to 200,000 units by the summer of 2014. In a second stage, Subaru will add another 100,000 units a year by 2016.

Subaru of America is expecting sales of over 320,000 vehicles by the end of this year in the United States. 2012 sales have already last year’s 266,989 units, marking record sales for the fourth straight year. Subaru says the trend to continue in 2013, when sales are forecast to exceed 350,000 units in the U.S.