We can't say we didn't see this one coming: Automotive News is reporting that Mitsubishi will kill the midsize Raider pickup, based on the Dodge Dakota, when its manufacturing contract with Chrysler LLC ends in mid-2010.
The Raider never caught on with small-truck buyers. When it went on sale in 2005 as a 2006 model, the Raider was offered with both V-6 and V-8 engine options, but the V-8 option was dropped in 2008. For 2009, the Raider lost all-wheel-drive.
Raider sales fell the most of any pickup last year. In 2008, only 2,935 Raiders were sold, according to a Mitsubishi spokesperson, compared with 8,262 a year earlier — a 64.5 percent decline.
Our advice to Mitsubishi: Please replace the Raider with the Triton!