We reported last month that Subaru Corporation announced production was up 52.6 percent last month at its Japanese plants. It's where they manufacture the refreshed 2022 Forester compact SUV, hot-selling 2022 Crosstrek subcompact SUV, WRX performance sedan, and BRZ sports coupe. It was the first increase in production in three months.
Subaru Corporation reports this month that production of the Forester and Crosstrek is up for the second consecutive month. The Japanese automaker reports a 6.5 percent increase in May 2022.
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Subaru Corporation announced earlier this year they expect a twenty-eight percent increase in sales next year. They can only accomplish this if they have more 2022 Forester, Crosstrek, and other new models to sell to its U.S. customers, the Japanese automaker's most significant market.
Subaru needs to keep its assembly lines running, and they also have not had a plant shutdown since June 2nd and 3rd earlier this month.
Subaru's U.S. model production drops
Subaru also announced that production at Subaru of Indiana Automotive (SIA) is down 15.4 percent, the first decrease in three months. The automaker makes the 2022 Subaru Outback midsize SUV, Ascent 3-Row SUV, Impreza compact sedan and hatchback, and Legacy sedan in Lafayette, Indiana.
What does it mean for U.S. customers?
In May, Subaru of America reported its sales dropped 24.8 percent, its twelfth month of sales declines over the previous year. It's due to Subaru's new model inventory that continues to be affected by microchip shortages and supply chain issues across the globe.
"We're continuing to see supply chain challenges across the industry, and we are focused on delivering the top-notch vehicles and standout customer experience that Subaru is renowned for," said Jeff Walters, Senior Vice President of Sales.
Subaru will continue to have new 2022 Forester, 2023 Crosstrek, 2023 Outback, and other new model shortages through 2022.
When will the 2023 Subaru Solterra be available for U.S. customers?
The all-new Solterra EV was scheduled to arrive in the U.S. this month, but there will be delays. Subaru Corporation announced a Solterra recall because the wheels could potentially come loose. The Solterra, manufactured for Subaru by Toyota at its plant in Japan, said the initial shipment of Solterra electric SUVs was for dealer test drives and display purposes. Subaru has not released a statement about when models will be available for customers. Stay tuned.
For Subaru customers, there is some good news: production of the 2022 Subaru Forester and 2023 Crosstrek is up for the second month in a row. The refreshed 2023 Outback should still be available this fall.
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Denis Flierl has invested over 30 years in the automotive industry in a consulting role working with every major car brand. He is an accredited member of the Rocky Mountain Automotive Press. Check out Subaru Report where he covers all of the Japanese automaker's models. More stories can be found on the Torque News Subaru page. Follow Denis on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
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