Nikkan Kogyo is reporting that two U.S.-built Japanese vehicles may soon be cut from their respective lineups. The Subaru Tribeca and Mazda6 will soon be cut according to the Japanese newspaper.
According to Nikkan Kogyo, Subaru has decided to stop work on the next-generation Tribeca SUV and production will end after the current model’s run is over. Subaru has only sold 910 units through April and the SUV is currently taking up production space at Subaru’s plant in Indiana. Subaru will needs the extra production space for the more popular Outback and Legacy models. It’s not known when the SUV will be dropped, but it has been on sale since 2005.
The Mazda6 sedan has failed to meet expectations. Mazda planned on producing 100,000 units a year at its Flat Rock, Michigan plant when the redesigned sedan was introduced in 2008, but of course that was right when the industry went south. Last year Mazda only produced 45,168 units. Supposedly, the Mazda6 is the reason why Mazda hasn’t been able to produce a regional operating profit in North America. Mazda’s plans are not yet known, but it could include producing a different model at the Michigan plant or stopping production at the plant completely.
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