Sales of vehicles produced at Subaru of Indiana Automotive Inc. in Lafayette led to a record month for the automaker. Subaru of America Inc. reported record sales in May of more than 50,000 vehicles, a 1.1 percent increase over the same month last year.
The company is also reporting year-to-date sales of more than 232,000 vehicles, which is 2.1 percent higher than the same period last year. Subaru reported its best-ever sales day on May 31 with 10,530 vehicles sold.
Five of the company’s seven models saw an increase in sales, including the Outback, Legacy and Impreza, all of which are produced at the Lafayette plant.
"Our retailers turned in one of their best performances of the year and led us to our 54th consecutive month of sales increases versus prior year," said Jeff Walters, senior vice president of sales, Subaru of America. "With strong demand for Subaru vehicles and production capacity increasing in Indiana later this year, we have an excellent foundation for continued success."
SIA announced plans last year for a $140 million expansion to its Lafayette plant, which will create up to 1,200 additional jobs. The plant currently employs about 3,800 workers and produces more than 300,000 vehicles per year.
Last month, Sanoh America Inc. announced it is opening a new facility in Lafayette to serve as a direct supplier to SIA due to increased demand.