Subaru Corporation announced today (April 26) that it would temporarily suspend production at its primary automobile manufacturing facilities in Japan again. The shutdown is because of interruptions in the supply of certain parts. The Subaru plant closure directly affects the refreshed 2022 Subaru Forester and the hot 2022 Crosstrek models for U.S. customers.
The new plant shutdown will be for two days, April 28 and April 29, 2022. Two Subaru manufacturing plants will be affected by the closure; the main automobile plant in Gunma and its other manufacturing facility in Yakima. The engine and transmission plant in Oizumi will also be idle for two days.
This week, the Subaru Corporation plant closure comes after four other plant shutdowns in 2022. The two plants were idle from January 28, January 31 through February 2, February 7 - 8, February 18 and 21, and on March 18 and 21 due to a major earthquake that struck Japan.
This latest shutdown is now the fifth time the plant has been idle in 2022 now for twelve working days.
The two-day loss of production will further slow the number of new cars available for U.S. customers. Subaru manufactures the refreshed 2022 Forester compact SUV and 2022 Crosstrek subcompact SUV at its Yakima plant. It makes the 2022 Subaru WRX and WRX STI performance sedans and 2022 Subaru BRZ sports coupe at its main plant in Gunma, Japan.
Subaru Corporation has not announced how many vehicles have been lost to the plant closures this year.
What does it mean for customers?
Customers in the U.S. will see even fewer 2022 Subaru Forester compact SUVs and 2022 Crosstrek subcompact SUVs available in showrooms this summer. Subaru of America shut off 2022 Forester orders for its U.S. retailers on March 7 and reopened them three weeks later. The 2022 Crosstrek orders were shut off for two weeks in March. You can read the complete report here.
Customers in the U.S. can still order a 2022 Forester, Crosstrek, and other models from a Subaru of America retailer.
During the new model shortages, ordering a new vehicle from Subaru and shipping from the factory is the customer's best option. Building the new car ensures you get the exact trim level, color, and option package you want and is a little-known method to save time tracking down a vehicle that fits your needs.
If you order a new Forester or Crosstrek this spring, it will take approximately four-to-six months to get the model through the pipeline and the backorders of the popular SUVs.
The new plant shutdown on April 28 and 29 will affect the 2022 Subaru Forester compact SUV and 2022 Crosstrek subcompact SUV production again. Stay tuned to Torque News via Subaru Report for the latest new model updates.
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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