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Mitsubishi Motors to freeze development of flagship SUV

Mitsubishi will end new development on its flagship Pajero SUV.

TOKYO -- Mitsubishi Motors will end development of its banner Pajero sport utility vehicle amid slowing sales and mounting costs, focusing instead on environmentally friendly autos.

     The Pajero, also known as the Montero, debuted in 1982. The vehicle helped define the concept of the SUV with its focus on four-wheel drive and off-road capability. Wins in off-road races and other press made the vehicle one of the Japanese automaker's flagships.

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