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Toyota to Pull out of Indiana Alliance with Subaru

Smaller maker doesn’t expect to lose jobs.

by on Nov.14, 2013

Toyota plans to stop using partner Subaru to help it meet demand for the Camry.

The manufacturing alliance between Japanese giant Toyota and little Subaru is apparently coming to an end.

Toyota has notified its partner that it will stop producing its long-popular Camry model at the assembly plant Subaru operates in Lafayette, Indiana once their five-year contract expires in late 2016.  The move is not expected to end other joint ventures, however, such as the one that led to the development of the sports car sold in the U.S. as both the Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ.

And Subaru officials are saying they’re optimistic the Indiana plant not only will be able to maintain but even increase its current staffing levels.

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“Based on changes in Toyota’s production plans, they have decided that the award-winning Camry production contract will not be renewed,” said Tom Easterday, executive vice president at Subaru of Indiana.

The plant was originally opened in 1989 as part of an earlier joint venture pairing Subaru and Isuzu. The latter maker abandoned the venture in 2001 and subsequently pulled out of the American market, leaving the facility entirely to Subaru.

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Subaru Snuffs Out Tribeca SUV

3-row replacement reportedly in the works.

by on Oct.21, 2013

Out in the cold? Subaru plans to end production of the Tribeca after this model-year.

Despite repeated attempts to save the largely unloved SUV, Subaru has decided to pull the plug on the Tribeca, one of the few truly weak models for a Japanese automaker that defied gravity during a recession that sent most competitors crashing to earth.

The most expensive model in the Subaru line-up, and originally known as the Subaru B9 Tribeca, the ute will be pulled from production at the end of the 2014 model-year, according to Subaru officials.

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Introduced during the 2006 model-year, the Tribeca was meant to take the Japanese maker up-market compared to more mainstream models like the Outback and Forester.  But it quickly generated more than its share of criticism, especially for the peculiarly angular snout of the first-generation B9 model.

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Subaru Starts 2013 with Major Recall

Electrical problem, fire risk impacts 634,000 vehicles.

by on Jan.03, 2013

The 2012 Subaru Legacy is one of the models impacted by Subaru's new recall.

This story has been revised to clarify that only a select group of Subaru vehicles will actually need repairs. The automaker, however, needs owner help in identifying which ones.

The New Year has gotten off to a bad start – for Subaru, anyway. The maker is being forced to recall nearly 634,000 sedans, wagons and crossovers due to an electrical problem that could lead to a vehicle fire.

More precisely, says Subaru, it will notify owners of 633,842 relatively late-model vehicles they may be subject to a recall, though only about 54,000 of those Subaru products will actually need to undergo repairs.

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Subaru is just the latest in a string of makers, including Toyota, Ford and General Motors, who have had to recall millions of vehicles over the last 12 months due to defects that could lead to fires.  In this case, the problem is located in a faulty puddle lamp where wiring could short out if exposed to moisture, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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