The Subaru Tribeca and Mazda6 are possibly meeting a premature end as stated in a report by AutoWeek. Though these two models haven’t set the United States market on fire, but there are mere distractions which could change the course.
If we see the recent sales of Tribeca then only 910 vehicles so far were sold in 2011. On the other hand, the Subaru is trying to come up with a different face by paying more attention towards CUV. However, the buyers till now are not so impressed. Though the other models of Subaru are on sales quite well, the Tribeca is also trying to make an attempt by holding some space at the Indiana assembly plant of the automaker. The automaker has already stopped doing research as well as development on the next generation Tribeca and this seems to be not a good sign.
Sales wise the Tribeca is already into catastrophe, but the Mazda6 is not a big failure, though successively it has underperformed. Mazda was planned earlier to produce 100,000 units a year from MI plant, but the sales weren’t so good. In 2010, the Japanese automaker has only made up to 45,168 units which sparked a signal that the Mazda may stop producing more units.
Still, no plans are revealed by Mazda about the 6, but as per the speculations the automaker may move out completely from Flat Rock by handling the facility to Ford, that produces the Mustang at the similar plant. Rumor also says that Mazda is moving to a new facility which is in Mexico and the labor costs are much cheaper as compared to the States. If in case, the Subaru plans to stop building Tribeca in the US then the CUV might be dead for the lifetime. However, Mazda will be able to import the mid-size sedan of Mazda6 from other markets.
Written by Sunita Mandal