Subaru has been hit with lawsuits, numerous recalls, and the automaker has seen a drop in quality the past few years. It’s due to record growth because compact car shoppers are buying record numbers of the brand’s vehicles like Outback and Forester models that are fuel-efficient, affordable, safe, and offer all-wheel-drive, all-weather capability. It’s a good formula but with the record growth comes growing pains.
Subaru has a plan to correct the quality issues and has announced they are bringing in organizational changes and new quality reforms are coming. Subaru will do this in the home country at their main factory in Gunma, Japan where they make the 2020 Forester, Crosstrek, WRX, WRX STI, and BRZ. Reforms are also coming to its Lafayette, Indiana plant where they manufacture the 2020 Outback, Ascent, Impreza, and Legacy models.
Subaru plans to advance quality reforms
Subaru says they will “strengthening internal controls and governance” and will enhance the effectiveness of internal controls and risk management by making a change in reporting lines. The automaker will make its Internal Audit Department independent from the Risk Management Group. Subaru says this will be overseen by the Chief Risk Management Officer, “with the aim of enhancing the effectiveness of internal controls by ensuring organizational independence of the department.”
The most important change will possibly be in how Subaru plans to advance quality reforms at its companies in Japan and around the world. Subaru Corporation will establish a newly formed Quality Assurance Management Office that will be operational as of April 1, 2020.
Quality reforms are coming soon to Subaru
The new Quality Assurance office will be under the direct control of the Executive Vice President, Atsushi Osaki (Chief Quality Officer). Osaki will oversee group-wide quality assurance and develop and manage the Subaru Group’s organizational structure and systems required to assure quality, maintaining their effectiveness, and continually improving them, the announcement said.
Subaru will also appoint two new officers to lead the Engineering, Customer service divisions, and another will be the President of the Subaru Indiana Automotive plant.
What does it mean for new car shoppers?
As Subaru puts an emphasis on quality, customers should see fewer problems with the brand’s new cars coming out of Japan and its plant in the U.S. Toyota increased its stake in Subaru to 20 percent earlier this year and this should also help Subaru advance quality in the top-selling Subaru Outback, Forester, Ascent, and Crosstrek models. Stay tuned.
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