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Old 02-22-2006, 05:18 PM   #1
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R.I.P. Mazda Tribute - 08 Escape/ Mariner out in Jan 2007

It was announced that Mazda Tribure it done.

Ford will have short production run of 2007 Escape and Mariner that wil lstop in December to re-tool the factory for the remodelled 2008 version - that version will hit dealers in 2008. there will be no 2007 Tribute, and it is unclear whether Mazda will have a version of the Remodelled SUV's

Well, after GTO, possibly Crown Vic, recently Taurus, GT and LS, another model and marquee it done(et least for now). It seems stuff is in motion in Motown.

The good news is, we have a ETA for the new Escape and Mariner.

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SOURCE:http://www.mph-online.com/web/news/00343
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Mazda to Suspend Tribute SUV production
By Randolph Heaster, The Kansas City Star, Mo.




Feb. 22--The Ford Claycomo assembly plant will not build the Mazda Tribute sport-utility vehicle for the 2007 model year, a Ford official said Tuesday.

Mazda's decision to suspend manufacture of the Tribute from May through the end of the year is not expected to affect production levels of Claycomo's SUV line, which also produces Ford Escapes and Mercury Mariners, said George Pipas, Ford's sales analyst.

The Tribute is Mazda's version of the Escape, Ford's popular compact SUV. Ford owns one-third of Mazda Motor Corp.

Pipas said the 2007 model year production of the Escape and Mariner would be relatively short this year, from May to December, because Ford is expected to begin building a redesigned version of the vehicle next January for the 2008 model year. That prompted Mazda to opt out of having its model made at Claycomo for 2007.

Pipas said Mazda's decision was not expected to slow down the SUV line at Claycomo.

"Overtime is still scheduled as far as I can see," he said. "We're going to continue producing Escapes and Mariners, with the Tribute being out of the picture for a period of time."

Ford built 40,677 Tributes at the Claycomo plant last year, compared with 215,371 Escapes.

Ford transferred production of the Mariner to Claycomo last fall. In the final three months of 2005, Ford built 9,038 Mariners at the Claycomo plant.

Mazda sold 36,761 Tributes in 2005, about an 11 percent decline from the previous year.

The Claycomo plant also builds the F-Series pickup, the top-selling vehicle in the U.S.

Copyright 2006, The Kansas City Star, Mo.
Distributed by Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News.
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^^^GTO....what are you talking about, isnt the GTO getting a remodeling for the 07 model year?
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More info on this..

It is official today, that the Tribute WILL return as 2008 MY.. starting prouction in Jan 2007.
http://www.edmunds.com/insideline/do...ticleId=109395

And while the US version might be different, here is 2007 Aussie/Asia-Pacific Tribute
(unlike the US version, this verion is just a nose facelift and interior redesign.. the US version should also grow a little and include more exteriro changes)

http://us1.webpublications.com.au/st...05907_00mg.jpg
http://us1.webpublications.com.au/st...105907_2mg.jpg
http://us1.webpublications.com.au/st...105907_3mg.jpg
SOURCE FOR THE PICS: http://autoweb.drive.com.au/cms/A_10...wsarticle.html

I especially like the interior... it would do well in an Escape..

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Oh and about the GTO:http://www.edmunds.com/insideline/do...ticleId=109377

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^^^that sucks about the GTO, but i think most of these new age muscle cars are going to tank shortly after they are produced. I really dont see the charger lasting anymore then 5 years and same goes for all the other remakes(challenger, camaro, etc). Fact is they will try to make a comeback and not do as good as expected and the Mustang will still continue on and live, like forever....honeslty i wont be surprised if when we start making hover cars that Mustang will still be slapped on the back of one of Fords lol. Long Live the Mustang, yea i know its a focus site but ive been a diehard mustang fan ever before i got interested in the focus.
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