There will be no popular Subaru WRX STI hatchback arriving anytime soon
Don’t look for Subaru to bring back the WRX and WRX STI hatchback anytime soon. The new-generation 2015 Subaru WRX STI has been selling extremely well around the globe and the Japanese automaker has made their decision to just produce the performance car in the sedan model only. Performance fans are snatching up the new models quickly and sales are hot all over the globe for the four-door models.
Sales of 2015 WRX/STI are up
Subaru of America is reporting sales of the new-generation 2015 WRX and WRX STI are up 36.34 percent year to date which is third behind the popular XV Crosstrek crossover at 40.97 percent and the most popular model, the 2015 Forester SUV at 42.85 percent increase YTD. Subaru is satisfied they made the right decision and it seems that sales of the 2015 WRX/STI are not suffering because of not having a five-door model.
Subaru is seeing record sales across the lineup
It’s hard to argue with Subaru when they are having such tremendous success across their entire lineup. They just recorded their best sales month ever here in the U.S. in August and are on pace to exceed their goals in North America, their largest market for WRX/STI. Performance fans are voting by buying more of the sports cars than they did the previous generation models.
Subaru is at peak production capacity
With sales of the new 2015 Legacy sedan, 2015 Outback wagon doing extremely well, production is running at full capacity and Fuji Heavy Industries (FHI) needs all the space they have to keep up. Subaru is expanding their production capacity in their Indiana plant and is investing $230 million into the U.S. plant and will increase production by 30 percent. They will now build the new Impreza here in the U.S. and it will free up production space in Japan for a new-generation WRX STI hatchback, but not for a few more years.
Hatchback fans are not happy
There are many loyal Subaru WRX and WRX STI hatchback fans who are not happy with the Japanese automakers decision to drop the five-door model from the performance car lineup. Subaru is listening, but don’t expect to see a new-generation WRX/STI hatchback anytime soon. Automotive News is reporting that Subaru won’t be making any changes to the WRX/STI for “several years.”
So for now, don’t look for Subaru to bring back the WRX and WRX STI hatchback anytime soon. The new-generation 2015 Subaru WRX STI is selling extremely well around the globe and the Japanese automaker has made their decision to offer performance fans one model. Once, Subaru ramps up U.S. production capacity in 2016, we might see a new 2017-2018 WRX/STI hatchback. Stay tuned.
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