The Subaru Yajima plant in Gunma, Japan, that makes the automaker's number one selling model, the newly-refreshed 2022 Subaru Forester compact SUV, shut down today. Subaru Corporation will stop production Friday, July 16, due to more shortages of semiconductor microchips.
"It is part of the production adjustment due to the shortage of semiconductors," a Subaru spokesperson said last month.
WebProNews reported Subaru is also considering shutting down its Kosai and Sagara plants in Shizuoka, Japan. Should the Japanese automaker decide to suspend production at those plants, they will be closed for two and seven days, respectively.
Torque News reported in April the Subaru Yajima Plant in Gunma, Japan, suspended production April 10–27, 2021. The plant shutdown is affecting inventory shortages for U.S. customers. Subaru of America is running low on both Forester and Crosstrek models at many U.S. retailers.
The 2022 Forester on display outside its Subaru Ebisu headquarters showroom in Tokyo
Torque News checked with one of the largest Subaru retailers near Denver, Colorado, and found no Forester or Crosstrek models on its lot.
Subaru produces about 2500 vehicles per day at the main Gunma plant and its Yajima plant. The one-day shutdown will continue to affect the inventory of Forester and Crosstrek models produced for U.S. customers.
Subaru of America has the tightest inventory of any automaker, and an earlier report says it will remain lean until August. ABC News5 reports Josh Obenreder, a Subaru retailer in Ohio, said, "Subaru assures us that probably by August, we'll be back to normal levels."
Subaru Corporation recently announced the 2022 Forester model change and upgrades in Japan, but not the U.S. yet. It gets a refresh in year four of its production cycle with a new front facia, grill, and headlights.
Subaru of America has not announced its 2022 Subaru Forester model, but it's expected to be revealed soon. The number one selling Forester is already hard to find, and inventory levels are dwindling before the new 2022 models arrive.
Torque News will bring the latest 2022 Subaru Forester model change information and pricing as soon as Subaru of America announces it. Stay tuned.
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