Subaru's future product plan will require it to rebalance its North American production capacity and rely on corporate partner Toyota as it begins to widen its U.S. product offerings to include more battery-electric vehicles — while still continuing to invest in its combustion-powered models.
To meet its growing demand, Subaru is expected to move production of the slow-selling Legacy sedan from its sole U.S. plant, in Lafayette, Ind., back to Japan, as it did earlier with the Impreza. But it might also discontinue the model.
AutoForecast Solutions, which tracks automaker production plans, projects that Subaru will also consolidate production of its Outback midsize crossover in Japan in 2025, despite that model's popularity in the United States. Doing so would free up capacity in the Indiana plant to expand production of the Forester and Crosstrek crossovers, while perhaps providing capacity for future EV production. That measure would help those electric vehicles qualify for the full U.S. EV tax credit. However, Automotive News has been unable to independently confirm those plans.