Subaru of Indiana Automotive in Lafayette is celebrating a milestone. The auto manufacturing facility earlier this week produced the four millionth Subaru vehicle since the plant opened 30 years ago.
The silver 2019 Subaru Outback rolled off the assembly line late Monday morning. SIA produces Subaru’s Ascent, Impreza, Legacy and Outback models, and employs some 5,700 workers.
The Lafayette plant is the automaker’s only manufacturing facility located outside of Japan. The facility currently produces approximately 370,000 vehicles per year, compared to 67,000 when production began in 1989.
"This is an incredible milestone for our associates and our company," Scott Brand, senior vice president at SIA, said in a news release. "We’ve come a long way since building our first Subaru vehicle more than 30 years ago.”Our associates are directly responsible for the quality that Subaru customers have come to expect. Their commitment continues to drive our success."
SIA plans to begin production on the 2020 Legacy and 2020 Outback at the end of July.
The plant originally opened as a joint venture between Subaru and Isuzu, and has also produced vehicles for Toyota and Honda in the past. The plant began exclusively producing Subaru vehicles in 2016. A spokesperson for SIA says they expect the six millionth overall vehicle to roll off the assembly line later this year.