TOKYO -- Subaru is sitting pretty with Toyota Motor Corp.'s plans to pull Camry production from Subaru's Indiana assembly plant, says Yasuyuki Yoshinaga, president of Fuji Heavy Industries, which makes Subarus.
If Toyota exits, Subaru can expand capacity to 300,000 vehicles a year without having to invest in a new line or new workers. At the same time, a Toyota pullout would leave the growing Subaru brand with lots of room to expand, without a partner's manufacturing plans in the way.
"If we were to use the entire amount of Toyota capacity, 100,000, it would become 400,000 in total. That is too big for Subaru right now," Yoshinaga told Automotive News at the Tokyo Motor Show. "But if this growth continues, 400,000 capacity would be fine."
The plant has annual capacity for 170,000 Subarus and 100,000 Toyotas. Subaru originally had planned to boost Subaru capacity to 300,000 by the end of 2016, without affecting Toyota's production. Those plans remain in place, but now the expansion can tap the equipment and workers used by Toyota.