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Subaru builds first American-made Impreza in Indiana

Until now, the Impreza had been assembled exclusively in Japan.

Subaru is celebrating the start of series production for the 2017 Impreza at its Indiana factory.

Until now, the Impreza had been assembled exclusively in Japan while the Indiana plant focused on producing just the Legacy and Outback. Expecting persistent growth, the company began retooling the facility three years ago to accommodate the fifth-generation Impreza.

"In a time when some manufacturers are moving work out of the United States, we're proud to be bringing Subaru Impreza production to the heartland of America," said SIA executive VP Tom Easterday.

The Indiana factory earlier this year produced its three millionth vehicle since its first Legacy rolled off the assembly line 27 years ago. Output grew by 19 percent to nearly 289,000 units last year, prompting a capacity increase to 394,000 units by the end of this year.

Subaru expects the factory to keep ramping up to 436,000 vehicles by the end of 2019.

Live images by Brian Williams.

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