And it just hit a major milestone.
Subaru has hit a few major milestones in 2019. Just last month, the company had its best sales month ever in the US, selling 70,039 vehicles. Then this month, Subaru hit another milestone by selling its 10 millionth vehicle in the US, a 2019 Impreza. And the major achievements for Subaru just keep on coming with the Japanese automaker announcing the six millionth vehicle has rolled off the assembly line at its Indiana plant.
Subaru's Indiana plant is the company's only production facility outside of Japan and the factory just began building two new models - the 2020 Legacy sedan and 2020 Outback SUV - earlier this year. The sixth millionth vehicle was a 2020 Legacy, built just a week after the plant celebrated its 30th anniversary after starting production in 1989.
"Achieving both milestones within a week of each other is both exciting and humbling", said Scott Brand, senior vice president at Subaru of Indiana Automotive (SIA). "Thanks to our dedicated associates, we have come a long way in the last three decades." Brand is one of the 160 employees who has been at the plant since it opened 30 years ago. When the plant first broke ground on May 14, 1987, it was a joint venture between Subaru and Isuzu to build the Subaru Legacy and Isuzu Pickup.
Over the past 30 years, the plant has built models like the Isuzu Rodeo, Honda Passport, and Toyota Camry, but has built cars exclusively for Subaru since 2016. Subaru is also proud of the plant's environmental friendliness. "Our associates take great pride in producing quality vehicles at the safest assembly plant in North America, while also being leaders in environmental stewardship," said Brand. "Fifteen years ago, we were the first US automobile plant to achieve zero-landfill status."
SIA currently builds the Ascent, Impreza, Legacy, and Outback and since 1990, has increased output from 67,000 vehicles per year to approximately 390,000. To celebrate the production milestone and 30 years in business, SIA held a celebration where the six millionth car and the plant's first-ever vehicle - a 1990 Legacy - were photographed together.