Starting with a $1.3 billion investment in 1989, the Lafayette Subaru plant has produced over five million vehicles, 2,000 jobs, and now has the honor of unveiling the car company flagship SUV, the 2019 Subaru Ascent on Dec. 2. The Ascent combines both power (260 hp) and family-friendly features (seats eight, with nineteen cup holders!!!). This is the company’s largest SUV, replacing the discontinued Tribeca.