2010 Subaru Legacy rolls off the assembly line

2010 Subaru Legacy

Multicolored confetti rained down Friday afternoon on a dark blue 2010 Subaru Legacy sedan as it rolled off the trim and final assembly line at Subaru of Indiana Automotive Inc. in Lafayette.

The celebration signaled the start of production of the all-new Legacy — 20 years after the first version of the vehicle was built at SIA.

“This is the fifth generation of the model,” Motokiyo Nomura, SIA president and chief executive officer, told associates who had gathered on the production floor and on elevated walkways at the plant to watch the celebration. “Subaru remains good performance cars. Our goal is to maintain the best quality.”

The 2010 Legacy boasts enhanced styling, a larger size and better fuel economy.

“I really think it’s going to be a good selling vehicle. It’s designed for the North American market. I think it’s got a lot of amenities that will appeal to the U.S. market,” said Ken Nelson, a group leader in quality control who helped cut a red ribbon to celebrate the start of production.

“It’s pretty exhilarating. I’ve been working on this for a year and a half — some pretty long hours.”

Consumers won’t have to wait long to test drive the 2010 Legacy.

“They should be in dealerships in July, maybe late June,” said Tom Easterday, SIA senior vice president. “An ad campaign will begin in August or September.

“Twenty years ago we were in preparation planning for the launch of the first Subaru Legacy. A lot has changed over the past 20 years. But the hard work, determination and teamwork of SIA associates hasn’t changed.”

SIA expects to build 165,000 vehicles this year. That includes a combined 68,000 Legacy and Outback models and 7,000 units of the Subaru Tribeca, along with 90,000 Toyota Camrys. That compares to a total of 183,249 units last year.

To deal with the start of production of the Legacy and pilot-production work on the 2010 Subaru Outback, SIA has added 50 temporary employees. That increased its work force to approximately 3,000.

“We have some overtime scheduled at the end of the year, in anticipation of (favorable) sales,” Easterday said. “But we need to be cautious.”

[ Source: JConline ]

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