Subaru Corporation announced today that production at its Gunma plant in Japan, where they manufacture the 2023 Subaru Forester and 2023 Subaru Crosstrek, is up 65.3 percent in October, the seventh consecutive month of increase. This is the most significant increase at its Japanese plant all year and will affect backorders and customers buying a new model this month.
Subaru of America still has the tightest new car inventory among car brands in the U.S., but things are improving. Customers who order a new all-wheel-drive 2023 Subaru Forester, 2023 Crosstrek, WRX, or BRZ will get their new vehicle sooner.
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The two all-wheel-drive vehicles are the top-selling models for Subaru of America (SOA), with the hot Crosstrek leading the Camden, N.J. automaker's lineup, followed by the Outback and Forester. Subaru Corporation reports that production of the Forester and Crosstrek in Japan is still trending up, and in Japan, it is now up 18.2 percent for the year.
Subaru says the export total of new Forester and Crosstrek SUVs to the U.S. is up 38.4 percent in October. This is the third consecutive month of export increase of new models and is up 8.4 percent for the year.
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What about the 2023 Subaru Outback?
There's good news for customers waiting or buying a new Outback this month. The latest report from Subaru also shows the production of the 2023 Outback in the U.S. plant in Lafayette, Indiana, is also up and has increased 10.9 percent in October. Production in the U.S. has increased for the third consecutive month and is up 10.6 percent for the year.
Subaru Corporation has to fill new Forester and Crosstrek orders for its U.S. customers, Japan, Australia, Canada, and Europe. A recent report says Subaru has a backlog of 100,000 back orders worldwide, many of which are new Forester compact SUVs and Crosstrek compact SUVs. About 50,000 customers in the U.S. are also waiting for a new Subaru Forester, Outback, Crosstrek, and other new models to be delivered.
When will the 2023 Subaru Solterra arrive?
Toyota manufactures the 2023 Subaru Solterra EV at its plant in Japan. Toyota reported a twenty-three percent increase in global production, which will impact Solterra manufacturing. Subaru of America has yet to announce when the Solterra will arrive in U.S. showrooms. With production re-starting this month after Toyota fixed the wheel problem, the 2023 Subaru Solterra should come to U.S. customers soon.
When will the next-generation Subaru Crosstrek and Impreza be available?
Subaru of America has yet to announce when the next-generation 2024 Crosstrek subcompact SUV will be available. The all-new 2024 Impreza compact hatchback will be available for customers at U.S. retailers spring of 2023.
The 2023 Subaru Forester, 2023 Crosstrek, 2023 Outback, 2023 Ascent, Impreza, and Legacy are now at U.S. retailers. Forester and Crosstrek customers in the U.S. should see significantly improved wait times for their new model to arrive from Japan. 2023 Subaru Outback customers should also see the new model availability improving.
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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