TOKYO -- Mitsubishi Motors Corp., which saw its U.S. sales plunge 24.6 percent last year, will kill the Raider pickup as the company overhauls its North American lineup.
The Raider is supplied by Chrysler LLC as a rebadged Dodge Dakota. Mitsubishi will not renew the contract when it expires, making the 2010 model year the Raiders last.
Chrysler will supply the Raider through mid-2010, Mitsubishi spokesman Tetsuji Inoue said.
The vehicle is a casualty of Mitsubishi President Osamu Masukos push to introduce smaller, more fuel-efficient cars to the United States. He also wants a smaller car to succeed the mid-sized Galant sedan.
The Raider has been among Masukos biggest disappointments. The pickups U.S. sales tumbled 64.5 percent to 2,935 units in 2008 from 2007.
Chrysler has been supplying the Raider since 2005. Inoue said Mitsubishi has no plans to replace it with another pickup.