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Subaru FHI achieves record-high global production for fifth consecutive year; 2016 first-half results

Fuji Heavy Industries announced its results of production, sales and exports for the first half (January to June) of 2016. According to these results, global production increased 6.0% to 493,807 units, setting a first-half record for the fifth consecutive year.

Domestic production, led by the Forester for the Japanese market, grew 3.9% to 364,082 units, resulting in a surplus for the fifth straight year and its highest ever figures. Due to the successful Legacy/Outback in North America, production overseas achieved record-high 129,725 units, up 12.5% yoy and a surplus for the second year in a row.

Domestic sales fell for the first time in two years, declining 9.6% to 79,372 units. Though some models such as the Forester, which underwent a significant makeover in October 2015, exceeded its results from the previous year, this success was not enough to cover the declines for the remaining models, as registrations fell 5.8% to 62,222 units, recording its first deficit in two years. Sales of mini cars were significantly impacted by the decline for the Stella, dropping 21.2% to 17,150 units for a fourth consecutive year of deficit.

Exports climbed 7.7% to 289,402 units, achieving a record high for the fifth year in a row. In addition to Subaru’s continuous success in North America, almost every market including Europe, Australia and China recorded increases from the previous year.