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Old 02-19-2004, 05:15 PM   #58
Jon [in CT]
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Originally posted by STi-Nismo Dood
So is there a Subaru Design in the US or are they all still based overseas?
FHI has a wholly-owned subsidiary in the US called Subaru Research & Development, Inc. From (with my highlighting):

Mission Statement and Introduction

Mission Statement

Subaru Research and Design, Inc. (SRDI) was formed in 1986. Its primary mission is to support FHI Engineering in the design, development and testing of Subaru cars for the US market.

New Facility and Name

On September 1, 1998, SRDI opened a new facility in Ann Arbor, Mich. Eleven members transferred from California to Michigan. They were joined by two members already in Ann Arbor at the Subaru Emissions Office and two new members from FHI.

The primary reason for the new facility is increased contact with EPA whose headquarters is also Ann Arbor. In addition, the new facility updates and increases the emissions testing capabilities of SRDI in response to new emissions regulations.

On October 19, 1998, Subaru Research and Design, Inc. changed its name to Subaru Research and Development, Inc. Subaru Research and Development has facilities in Ann Arbor, Mich., Lafayette, Ind., and Cypress, Calif. The Ann Arbor office is considered headquarters.

Subaru Research and Development, Inc. in Ann Arbor has the following responsibilities:
  • Government Affairs — This area is the primary contact between FHI and all government agencies regarding emissions testing and regulations. They are responsible for vehicle emissions testing and certification.
  • Power Plant (Engine & Transmission) — This area runs durability and emissions testing of engines, transmissions and emissions systems for future Subaru models. It is also responsible for monitoring engineering trends of emissions systems in the US market.
  • Vehicle Evaluation — This area works closely with FHI Engineering to develop the overall performance of Subaru vehicles to match the US market. They are responsible for all vehicle systems. They also monitor US market trends and research new technologies that may be applied to future Subaru vehicles.
  • Design Studio — This area does research into US market design trends and makes proposals for new Subaru model concepts. It also develops new designs and makes models for future production Subaru vehicles.
Subaru Research and Development, Inc. in Lafayette has the following responsibilities:
  • Design Engineering — This area provides the primary contact between FHI Engineering and SIA who builds Subaru vehicles in the US. Members of this group provide engineering expertise to allow the efficient manufacture of Subaru vehicles. In addition, they work with suppliers to design and develop US manufactured components for Subaru vehicles.
  • Service Department — This area monitors any problems with all Subaru models, including Legacy built in the US, and Forester and Impreza built in Japan. Countermeasures are developed to fix any problems in future production vehicles.
  • Quality Assurance Department — This area monitors the quality of SIA manufactured Subaru models and provides solutions to improve product quality.
Subaru Research and Development, Inc. in Cypress has the following responsibilities:
  • This area supports the Power Plant Department in emissions and testing in California. It also provides support for FHI test teams that work in the western US.
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