Subaru will increase its production capacity by 40 percent in its Lafayette, Indiana, assembly plant to meet the growing demand for the newly redesigned Legacy sedan and Outback wagon.
First quarter sales of the two cars in the U.S. more than doubled from last year, with the Outback reaching 19,275 and the Legacy hitting 8,550 sales, the Automotive News has reported.
Fuji Heavy Industries, maker of the Subaru brand, said it plans to produce 140,000 vehicles in the Indiana plant, which currently churns out 100,000 cars a year.
Representatives did not say how the plant will meet the new demand, but Automotive News implied it may draw from capacity currently being used to manufacture Toyota vehicles. The plant has a separate line with a capacity of 100,000 units for the Toyota Camry.
In 2009, Subaru sold about 217,000 vehicles, and the boost in production should increase this year’s figure to at least 230,000, the news provider added.
On Monday, in their annual spring auto issue, Consumer Reports ranked Honda and Subaru the two best all-around automakers. Surprisingly, in spite of their numerous recalls, the non-profit magazine ranked Toyota as the third best car manufacturer, the same designation that they received last year.
David Champion, senior director of Consumer Reports’ Auto Test Center, said that Toyota remained among the top three automakers because they continue to assemble quality vehicles, according to The New York Times.
“I think once they get through all the recalls, you’ll see that they are a very, very reliable manufacturer,” Champion stated.
Meanwhile, the Big 3 American auto companies fared no better than they did in 2009. While Ford ranked 11th among all car manufacturers, General Motors and Chrysler finished in the last two positions.
However, in the individual categories, the Chevrolet Traverse won the best family SUV and the Silverado pickup was recognized as the best truck.
The 2010 Consumer Reports rankings were based on the performance, reliability, utility and comfort of each brand.
On Friday evening, Seattle police arrested a 17-year-old boy after he intentionally drove his parents 2002 Subaru Outback right through the doors of his high-school.
The teen, whose identity has been withheld due to his age, drove the vehicle through the entrance of Shorecrest High School, cruised for about 75 yards down a hallway and eventually crashed into a vacant security office. Two school employees who were still on campus witnessed the bizarre incident and reported the crime to police.
Local authorities found the suspect on school property approximately 90 minutes after the episode took place. No injuries were reported.
After being arrested and interviewed, the boy was taken to Harborview Medical Center “for a mental evaluation,” according to Sergeant John Urquhart, spokesman for the King County Sheriff’s Office.
“He did not appear to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol,” added Urquhart, quoted by the Seattle Times.
Shoreline Schools spokesman Craig Degginger confirmed that class will go on as planned this week, despite what has been referred to by students as a strange “annoyance.”
Today, the Subaru Outback was nominated for the 2010 North American Truck of the Year award, which might have people wondering if used Subaru models in New Jersey are as equally acclaimed.
Since its inception into the car world in 1995, the Subaru Outback has been known to many as the “world’s first sport-utility wagon.”
The 2006 Outback combines the all-terrain capability of previous models with the luxurious interior of the 21st century SUV, according to Edmunds.com.
Outbacks are renowned for their ability to handle various weather conditions, but the ’06 version is “fun to drive even when the weather isn’t terrible,” quoted by the news source.
Although the base engine only provides adequate power compared to other cross-over SUV’s, the turbo four and H6 engines have quick acceleration and enough power to handle any type of off-road driving.
The ground clearance on the 2006 Outback has been raised to 8.7 inches, a total of 10 inches higher than the previous year’s model. Subaru also added a navigation system to the list of available options.
Used Subaru models in New Jersey should benefit from the recent accolades given to the 2010 Outback.
Although the Share the Love Event will take place in California, used Subaru models in New York could benefit from the positive press it generates.
Share the Love, which will run until January 4, will give Subaru personnel a chance to volunteer their time in order to build a home with Habitat for Humanity. During this time, Subaru will also donate $250 for every vehicle it sells to one of five charities: The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Meals On Wheels Association of America, Habitat for Humanity, National Wildlife Federation and Boys and Girls Clubs of America.
Habitat for Humanity International has been working to eliminate poverty housing since 1976. Since its creation, the organization has built more than 350,000 houses worldwide, providing shelter to approximately 1.75 million people.
When more car shoppers hear about the Share the Love event, it is possible sales of used Subarus in New York will increase, as such generosity can help improve brand image in the eyes of the consumer.
Both new and used Subaru Foresters in New Jersey and elsewhere have built up a solid reputation, indicating that this model’s popularity could continue growing.
The Chicago Sun-Times recently published a story explaining why the Forester has a loyal following. Some of this model’s most attractive features include its spacious and comfortable interior, which can hold up to five adults. When even more space is needed, the rear seat can be folded down to enlarge the vehicle’s ample trunk area, according to the news source.
The 2005 Forester came with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, according to Edmunds.com. The power plant produced 165 horsepower and since ’05 Foresters offered a manual transmission, this Subaru made for quite a sporty ride.
Subaru also offered the Forester in the STI trim level in 2005, which shared an engine with the rally-inspired WRX STI. Although the Forester STI kept its 2.5-liter motor, it received a turbo upgrade and a horsepower increase of 100 HP, according to Car and Driver.
Individuals looking for a moderately-sized SUV that can be fun to drive in the snow should consider checking out used Subaru Foresters in New Jersey.
North of the border in Canada, rally drivers recently won a race using a Subaru WRX STI, and that may spark the interest of prospective buyers who are considering used Subarus in New Jersey.
The needs of a rally driver who may be traveling at speeds over 100 miles per hour through forests like reigning Canadian champion Patrick Richard and a family needing a vehicle that they use on a daily basis may differ, however. Learning what one needs in a used car in New Jersey can help determine what kind of vehicle makes the most sense.
Subaru has long used it’s distinctive engine and drivetrain set-ups as fodder for marketing material about its offroad capability. Every model comes with symmetrical all-wheel drive, meaning that power is delivered to every wheel from the time the ignition is turned on. For drivers looking for a car that can handle well in adverse weather conditions, that could be a large benefit.
Drivers considering used cars in New Jersey or New York may want to consider where they will be driving the majority of the time first. Living in a more rural area could necessitate a vehicle that can handle maneuvering around downed trees or through changing road conditions like unpaved surfaces.
In a more urban area, engine power becomes less important, and size could be an important consideration. Navigating through city streets in an SUV could be difficult, and while a larger vehicle will offer more space for people who have growing families or commonly carry a lot of equipment, it could also restrict the ability to find a parking space.
Just like teams that race in rallies or stock car events, a buyer may be best served by creating a list of requirements. Establishing goals for fuel economy, space for passengers and driving needs can narrow down the list of models to search for among used cars in New Jersey. Those features can also help to save money by allowing a prospective owner to focus on needs, and not get bogged down by costly options that may not be important to them or their family.
If you’ve seen the commercials on TV for some car sites, then you’ve seen how quickly just a few choices of options and body styles can quickly narrow down one’s options. A visitor to Cars.com recently found out that with just four requests, it was possible to narrow down the selection of cars to pick from to used Subaru Imprezas in New York.
Starting with a body type can cut the number of models down by several dozen, and the query was for a five-door hatchback, of which there are roughly a dozen models. But the buyer also wanted leather or pleather seats for riding comfort and a manual transmission, which restricted it even further to sportier models from luxury makers.
The capstone that led to the choice of a new or used Subaru Impreza in New York as the best possible option was the need for all-wheel drive, reports Cars.com. Subaru has built its brand on a drivetrain that includes a low-slung boxer-style engine and full-time all-wheel drive.
The 2006 model year Impreza “is a practical, fun-to-drive alternative to the typically dull cars that populate its segment of the market,” note the Edmunds.com editors.
Subaru recently announced the price points for its Tribeca crossover SUV, and while buyers may be interested in the features offered, a used Subaru Tribeca in New York may offer similar capabilities for a much lower price tag.
There are options for 10-speaker sound systems, 18-inch alloy wheels and satellite radio in the upscale trim lines, as well as a six-CD changer. But the asking price for standard models hovers around $40,000, and the premium packages can add another $10,000 to what new car dealerships are asking for.
Instead, even a more recent model could be an attractive option both for its price point and design compared to other models in the class.
The 2007 model is one year that offers buyers considering used Subaru Tribecas in New York a midsize SUV with an upscale interior and standard all-wheel drive, according to Edmunds.com reviewers.
Best for families with kids, “the Tribeca’s highway ride is smooth and the cabin remains quiet,” and is a good choice for “road trips but not so great for tackling a favorite mountain pass in record time,” the website notes.
Auto enthusiasts who are considering used cars in New York may want to follow Speed Week at the Bonneville Salt Flats, as more than 500 vehicles are expected to use the desert tracks to try and set records for various classes.
Competitors have descended on the testing range for more than 60 years, taking advantage of two five-mile tracks and one seven-mile track that are flat enough to make high-speed runs relatively safe compared to other venues, according to the Deseret News.
Vehicles travel anywhere from 50 miles per hour to ten times that based on design and engine capacity, and this year could see several marks broken based on the condition of the salt, Joann Carlson, media liaison for the event, told the newspaper.
Early notable reported from the event include those of the shenanigans of Travis Pastrana and Ken Block, who both drive Subaru Imprezas in various events, and used a trash can lid to set a “land speed record” after being towed by the hatchback, according to Top Gear.