Fuji Heavy Industries (FHI) announced its results of production, domestic sales and exports for the first half (April to September) of fiscal 2016. According to these results, global production grew 9.3% from the previous year, to 502,285 units, resulting in record-high first half figures for the fifth consecutive year.
As a result of greater demand for vehicles such as the Impreza and Forester, domestic production went up for the fifth year in a row, rising 2.0% yoy, to 354,610 units. With the start of production of Subaru vehicles on the assembly line for the previous Camry, overseas production also recorded an increase, as it soared 32.0% yoy, to 147,675 units, resulting in record-high numbers for the first half and a surplus for the third straight year.
Domestic sales went up for the first time in three years, rising 1.9% yoy, to 69,629 units. Though mini cars fell 7.3% yoy, to 6,212 units, due to reduced demand for the Stella and Pleo, registrations grew 5.1% yoy, to 53,417 units, thanks to a rise in demand for vehicles such as the Legacy, Impreza and Forester.
Meanwhile, exports increased 1.3% yoy, to record-high 287,711 units, as it grew for the fifth year in a row. Backed by successful sales around the world, Subaruâ€™s sales exceeded those from the previous year in nearly every market including North America, Europe, Australia and China.
(Translated by Masayuki Shikata)