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Thursday 10/27 Subaru on the Science Channel – Mid Hudson Subaru

Cable Channel to Feature SIA

Subaru of Indiana Automotive Inc. in Lafayette will be featured this week on the cable channel SCIENCE. Thursday’s episode of “How Do They Do It” will show viewers how a Subaru is built from beginning to end. Last month, a production crew, sent by Discovery Communications Inc. spent two days shooting video footage at SIA.

Have you ever wondered how a car goes from a coil of steel to a finished vehicle all under one roof? Subaru of Indiana Automotive, Inc. (SIA) will be featured in this week’s episode of “How Do They Do It” which airs Thursday, October 27 at 10:00 PM (EST) on SCIENCE. Viewers will get a glimpse at some of the processes and people that help SIA build approximately 250,000 vehicles every
year.

Last month, a production crew sent by Discovery Communications spent two days shooting video footage of the production process at SIA. The result is a comprehensive look at how a Subaru is built beginning
with coils of steel and ending with a new Legacy, Outback or Tribeca being driven off the line. Viewers will also see some of the rigorous testing procedures that every Subaru undergoes before being sent to
dealerships across the U.S. “How Do They Do It” is a documentary-style program that goes behind the scenes to discover how to do
the things, and make the things that form the modern world. The “How Do They Do It” episode featuring SIA can be viewed this Thursday at 10:00 PM (EST) on SCIENCE.

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Subaru has high expectations for rest of year – Mid Hudson Subaru

With six months of sales results in the book, and the effects of a parts shortage in Japan behind them, the second half of 2011 will bring increased production and additional hiring to Subaru of Indiana Automotive Inc. in Lafayette.

“During the first six months of the calendar year we built about 115,000 (Subaru and Toyota) units,” said Tom Easterday, executive vice president at Subaru of Indiana Automotive Inc. in Lafayette. “That’s less than what we originally forecast, because of the parts shortage. We really needed to be running overtime.”

A March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Japan disrupted parts production and exporting from that country. It also impacted sales results for some vehicles, including Subaru models and the Toyota Camry which are built at SIA.

With the parts problem solved, SIA is planning to ramp up production soon by returning to daily and Saturday overtime hours for some associates at the Lafayette plant where the workforce numbers approximately 3,550.

“We’ll have about 150 new people added by mid-July to the end of August,” although a breakdown of additional Subaru and Toyota associates hasn’t been made, Easterday said. “We’ll also have a Subaru line speed increase in the first week of September and a model launch of the 2012 Camry in the first part of September.”

A report released Friday by Subaru of America Inc. shows the company sold 19,794 vehicles last month. That’s 8 percent fewer than were sold June of last year.

“Customer demand hasn’t let up and our dealers did a terrific job selling cars as soon as they arrived at their stores,” said Bill Cyphers, senior vice president for sales at Subaru of America. “We continue to outperform our initial expectations for this period thanks to more production arriving than we first anticipated and better efficiency in getting our cars to dealers and out to customers.”

Among vehicles built at SIA, June results showed:

• Sales of the Legacy increased by 15 percent, to 3,471 units.

• Sales of the Outback rose by 21 percent, to 7,914 units.

• Sales of the Tribeca gained 3 percent, to 180 units.

Among the company’s Japanese-made models, sales of the Forester fell by 28 percent, to 5,466 units; while sales of the Impreza line dropped by 35 percent, to 2,763 units.

Through the first six month of 2011, Subaru sales totaled 132,049 — an increase of 5 percent over the January-June period of last year.

Six-month sales figures for vehicles built at SIA show customer acceptance of the Outback grew by 25 percent, to 51,239 units, while the Legacy posted a 12 percent increase, to 21,284 units; and the Tribeca lost 3 percent, to 1,274.

“We still have record demand for our product in dealerships, however we are still working through a low inventory period after the March earthquake and tsunami in Japan,” said Thomas Doll, executive vice president and chief operating officer at Subaru of America.

“Our dealers managed to be incredibly efficient with the inventory available and the situation is improving all the time. We expect 2011 will still be the second best year ever for Subaru in the U.S.”

Subaru Tribeca on the chopping block? – Mid Hudson Subaru

the Subaru Tribeca.

Subaru has decided to stop r&d of a next-generation Tribeca and end production after the current version, the Nikkan Kogyo business daily reported on Tuesday.

Spokesmen declined to comment on the report.

The aging Tribeca, which saw flat sales of only 910 units in the year through April, is sucking up valuable production space at Subaru’s Indiana plant, where the company is aching for more capacity to build the popular Outback and Legacy.

The Nikkan Kogyo didn’t say when the Tribeca would be dropped. But the model was introduced in 2005.

Subaru of America, Inc. Reports 20% Increase in Sales

Subaru of America, Inc. today announced continued record-breaking sales for February, up almost 20% compared to the previous year.

February sales records were set by Forester, Impreza, Legacy and Outback. Impreza WRX volume more than doubled compared to the prior year and helped lead the Impreza carline to an impressive 40% increase.

Feb ’11 Feb ’10 % chg
Forester 6,334 6,315 0.3%
Impreza 3,933 2,804 40.3%
Legacy 3,242 2,615 24%
Outback 7,951 6,189 28.5%
Tribeca 223 175 27.4%
21,683 18,098 19.8%

“This is by far the best start to a year we’ve ever had,” said Timothy M. Colbeck, senior vice president of sales, Subaru of America, Inc. “We have been working to get more units to our dealers, but every time we think they will build some inventory, they increase sales instead.  With the exception of the Cash for Clunkers comparison in August, this is our 12th consecutive record month.

 

Toyota and Subaru to build together the platform for the future Tribeca

Subaru Tribeca

According to the first rumors, the new generation Subaru Tribeca expected to debut somewhere in 2013 will share the same platform as Toyota Highlander. Morover, Toyota might let the Japanese from Subaru to use the hybrid propulsion system found under the bonnet of the Lexus RX.

For now there are not any official details as the information below is provided by some unofficial sources cited by people from Motor Trend who actually started the wave of rumors on this subject. Moreover, there could something be more than the platform, Toyota following to offer additional technic features in the development process of the future Subaru Tribeca SUV.

 

Subaru Remains the Only Manufacturer With IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK for all Models!

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Subaru of America, Inc. today announced that for the second consecutive year, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has recognized it as the only automotive manufacturer with a 2011 TOP SAFETY PICK winner in every vehicle class in which it competes.

“We know our customers take their safety very seriously and so we are very pleased that IIHS has recognized us again as the only manufacturer with a TOP SAFETY PICK winner for all its models,” said Tom Doll, executive vice president and COO, Subaru of America, Inc. “This is an outstanding success and a tribute to the engineering that goes into our products. The IIHS reinforces to our customers that Subaru maintains the highest standards to produce vehicles that are fun-to- drive, durable, reliable as well as safe. ”

The TOP SAFETY PICK recognizes vehicles that, in IIHS testing, do the best job of protecting people in front, side, rear, and now rollover crashes based on ‘good’ ratings in each category. The IIHS ranks in terms of Good, Acceptable, Marginal and Poor, with ‘good’ as the top rank possible in Institute tests. Winners also must have electronic stability control.

“Subaru is the only manufacturer with a TOP SAFETY PICK winner in every vehicle class in which it competes,” said IIHS president Adrian Lund. “The vehicles that earn this designation are the cream of the crop for protecting people in the most common kinds of crashes, and they have electronic stability control for helping drivers stay out of many crashes altogether.”

About IIHS

The Institute’s frontal crashworthiness evaluations are based on results of 40 mph frontal offset crash tests. Each vehicle’s overall evaluation is based on measurements of intrusion into the occupant compartment, injury measures recorded on a Hybrid III dummy in the driver seat, and analysis of slow-motion film to assess how well the restraint system controlled dummy movement during the test.

Side evaluations are based on performance in a crash test in which the side of a vehicle is struck by a barrier moving at 31 mph. The barrier represents the front end of a pickup or SUV. Ratings reflect injury measures recorded on 2-instrumented SID-IIs dummies representing a small (5th percentile) woman, assessment of head protection countermeasures, and the vehicle’s structural performance during the impact.

Rear crash protection is rated according to a two-step procedure. Starting points for the ratings are measurements of head restraint geometry — the height of a restraint and its horizontal distance behind the back of the head of an average size man. Seat/head restraints with good or acceptable geometry are tested dynamically using a dummy that measures forces on the neck. This test simulates a collision in which a stationary vehicle is struck in the rear at 20 mph. Seats without good or acceptable geometry are rated poor overall because they can’t be positioned to protect many people.

In the roof strength test, a metal plate is pushed against 1 side of a roof at a constant speed. To earn a good rating for rollover protection, the roof must withstand a force of 4 times the vehicle’s weight before reaching 5 inches of crush. This is called a strength-to-weight ratio. For an acceptable rating, the minimum required strength-to-weight ratio is 3.25. A marginal rating value is 2.5. Anything lower than that is rated poor.

 


Subaru Sales Best Ever!

Subaru of America, Inc. Enjoys Best November Ever, Confirms All-Time Sales Record

— Sales up 22% year over year, all model lines up —

— Record November for Legacy sedan, Outback and Forester —

Subaru of America, Inc. continues its record-breaking run with the best November in the company’s history with sales of 20,792, a 22% increase on November 2009.

November also saw individual records broken for Legacy sedan, Outback and Forester, while the Impreza line saw a 33% jump in sales.

Subaru’s year-to-date sales are also noteworthy. The company’s previous full-year record of 216,652, set in 2009 was eclipsed by November 3 with sales of 237,126 already posted.  The brand is now up 23% year-to-date and already 10% ahead of the 2009 full year with December sales still to come.

Carline Nov ’10 Nov ’09 % chg Nov ’10 YTD Nov ’09 YTD % chg
Forester 6,260 4,948 27% 77,012 70,558 9%
Impreza 3,405 2,555 33% 40,136 42,964 -6%
Legacy 3,133 2,802 12% 34,841 27,354 27%
Outback 7,814 6,506 20% 82,892 46,980 76%
Tribeca 180 177 2% 2,245 5,722 -60%
20,792 16,988 22% 237,126 193,578 23%

Subaru’s sales gains in 2010 follow successive sales growth in 2008 and 2009 and were driven by increases across the board with strong sales for Outback, Forester, and Legacy Sedan and Impreza. Sales for the brand have grown by close to 50% in just over three years and company officials expect full-year sales for 2010 to exceed 250,000 units.

“We have a formula that works,” said Timothy M. Colbeck, senior vice president of sales, Subaru of America, Inc. “Our vehicles are right-sized, come with all-wheel drive standard, and are known for safety, reliability, fuel economy and spirited driving. Add into that mix excellent value for money and it’s clear why we are seeing sustained demand for our brand.”