Subaru’s plant in Indiana will stop making Toyota Motor Corp.’s Camry, the best-selling car in the U.S., after 2016, an executive for the automaker unit of Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. said.
Toyota decided not to renew a contract to have the Lafayette, Indiana, factory build the Camry, Tom Easterday, Subaru of Indiana executive vice president, told television station WLFI and the Journal and Courier newspaper November 13. Jennifer McGarvey, a spokeswoman for the plant, yesterday confirmed Easterday’s remarks and said he would have no further comment.
The Camry, the leader in U.S. car sales for 11 years, is also produced at a Toyota factory in Kentucky. Output at the Subaru plant has helped keep the model ahead of Honda Motor Co.’s Accord. The Camry also faces intensified competition from Nissan Motor Co.’s Altima and Ford Motor Co.’s Fusion.
Toyota is in discussions with Fuji Heavy, Keisuke Kirimoto, a spokesman for Toyota, said by phone today. He declined to comment further as no decisions have been made yet.
Toyota, based in Toyota City, Japan, is Fuji Heavy’s largest shareholder, with a 16.5 percent stake, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.
Easterday told the Lafayette television station and newspaper that the end of Camry production wouldn’t cause any reduction in the 3,600 workers at the factory. Toyota’s decision may delay plans to add 900 employees there, he told the Journal and Courier.
Easterday was “authorized to speak to the local media to clarify that there will be no loss of jobs,” McGarvey said in a follow-up e-mail. She referred questions to Fuji Heavy’s headquarters in Tokyo, where the company’s press office declined to comment.