by Christopher Freeburn | May 8, 2013 11:05 am
Japanese carmaker Subaru is expanding its U.S. production facilities.
On Wednesday, the company — also known as Fuji Heavy Industries (PINK:FUJHY) — said it will spend $400 million to increase manufacturing capacity at its plant in Indiana. Subaru said it will double the contracted production of Toyota (NYSE:TM) Camrys from 100,000 to 200,000 at one assembly line at the plant, the Associated Press noted.
It also plans to begin building its own Impreza vehicles at the factory in 2016 and will hire 900 new workers to build the car. The Indiana factory currently makes Subaru’s Outback, Tribeca and Legacy vehicles.
Toyota holds a 16.5% stake in Subaru.
Previously, Subaru had announced plans to boost production at the plant’s other assembly line from 170,000 vehicles to 200,000. Subaru has seen its sales in the U.S. double since 2008. It sold 357,000 vehicles in the U.S. during its last fiscal year, compared to 163.100 vehicles in its home territory of Japan.
In March, Subaru recalled 47,000 vehicles over faulty key fobs that, if dropped, could trigger vehicles to self-start.
Shares of Fuji Heavy Industries rose more than 2% in over-the-counter trading on Wednesday.
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