Subaru plans to end production of its Tribeca crossover by the end of 2012, Motortrend reports citing a source close to the Japanese automaker.
The vehicle never impressed. Sales fell quickly to 5930 units in 2009 from 10, 975 units in 2008. In 2010 the automaker sold only 2472 Tribeca vehicles while in 2011 2791 vehicles.
By contrast, Toyota sold over 92,000 Highlanders in that same year. “I’m amazed the Tribeca has lasted this long,” Motortrend source said.
The report comes after Subaru announced plans Wednesday for a $75 million expansion of its central Indiana factory in order to increase production of its Outback and Legacy models.
“We will prioritize expanding production in America while we watch the situation in China and consider what to do there when there are some developments,” said Yasuyuki Yoshinaga, president of Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. He said he still want to make vehicles in China, the world’s biggest auto market.
Update- Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd said it no longer expects to start building cars in China as part of a five-year growth plan that runs until March 2016, and lowered its global sales target for the final yearby 50,000 vehicles.