So far, just about every automaker that's reported production output has reported a decline. However, we have found one that bucked that trend. It's good news for Subaru as they produced more cars during the financial year 2019-2020.
From April 2019 to March 2020, Subaru rolled out 1,030,912 vehicles, which is an increase of 4.2 %. 663,617 of those were assembled in their home market of Japan, while the other 367,295 were made in their production lines in different parts of the world. Domestic production is up by 7.6 % while overseas production is down by 1.3 %. Subaru has more reasons to be happy as exports were up by a substantial 12.1 %, with 550,954 being shipped abroad from Japan.
For March, Subaru was still relatively good shape. While the stats are mostly down across the board, the automaker's global production total for that month was still at 89,476 units, lower by 0.3 % from March 2019's figures. Even more surprising is a 9.4 % increase in domestic (Japan) production with 61,888 coming out of the Japanese plants. With that, one can say it helped boost up their numbers. However, overseas production took a big hit, which is down by 16.9 % at 27,588 vehicles built that month.
According to their sales report, their sustained growth is mostly attributed to one crossover. This model is the Forester, which was recently redesigned. The all-new Forester debuted in 2019 and landed in the country during the first half of the previous year. Japanese production and exports for the Forester increased from April 2019 to March 2020. However, sales in the home market are lower than last year, according to their report.
Perhaps helping Subaru during Financial Year 2019-2020 is its current line-up. Most of the models they sell now are new from the ground-up. The all-new XV debuted in 2018, while the aforementioned Forester is barely over a year old. They also added the Ascent, which will be called Evoltis here, in 2019, while the Impreza was also recently facelifted. The newest cars from Subaru are the seventh-generation Legacy and sixth-generation Outback. The only models that haven't been significantly updated or redesigned are the BR-Z, WRX, and WRX STI.