Subaru is eager to have a Toyota decision soon to build a car or a Sport-Utility at its Indiana plant.
The anxious wait is seen by Subaru North America managers as a way to compensate the loss of the potential production of a small Saab Crossover that would be based on the Subaru Tribeca.
General Motors pulled out of the co-development concerning a small Saab Crossover based on the Subaru Tribeca when it sold its stake of 20 percent at Fuji Heavy Industries to Toyota Corp last October.
Soon after Toyota took 20 percent of Fuji Heavy Industries, the two automakers have established a steering comitee that is still looking wheter to produce a truck or a passenger car.
"Our colaboration with Toyota is becoming very sucessfull and we are looking forward to maximize capacity at our Indiana plant," said Ikuo Mori, Fuji Heavy Industries Corporate Senior Vice President.
The Indiana plant has capacity to build 200,000 units and was established jointly with Isuzu.
Isuzu sold its stake to Subaru in 2003, but kept an agreement to build the Rodeo pick-up and Axiom Sport-Utility till July 2004.
Subaru's indiana plant is only using 75 percent of the total capacity, as the second assembly line with capacity to build 100,000 units is partially used to build part of the Subaru Tribeca production.
Subaru builds the Legacy, Outback and Baja at the Indiana plant.