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Not too long ago, Mitsubishi’s rally rival, Subaru, announced their decision to withdraw from the World Rally Championship. Now, Mitsubishi is quitting the Dakar Rally.

05 Feb 2009 | International News : Japan

Another piece of sad news from the motoring industry. The Japanese auto-maker and proud makers of the highly successful Mitsubishi Evolutions have decided to quit the Dakar Rally.

Read on for their official announcement:

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) announced today their decision to withdraw from Cross Country Rallying, starting with the legendary Dakar Rally.

In its 26 entries in this event, Mitsubishi Motors won the rally a total of 12 times, including seven consecutive victories. In addition to this unparalleled record the company also gained 4WD technology that informs its production vehicles, most visible in their durability and off road performance.

The sudden deterioration of the global economy made it necessary for the company to focus its resources more tightly, leading to today's announcement.

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