DETROIT -- The Eagle station wagon built by the former American Motors Corp. has become the third AMC product to be axed by Chrysler Motors, the No. 3 carmaker announced Wednesday.
Chrysler, which acquired AMC this summer, will end production of the four-wheel-drive station wagon Dec. 14 at its Brampton plant in Ontario.
Chrysler said the Eagle is based on old technology and no longer is of interest to buyers.
No employee layoffs will occur as a result because Chrysler is stepping up production of the Jeep Wrangler built there, a company spokesman said.
'Good business judgement for the future of all of our dealers dictates that we discontinue production of the Eagle wagon, focusing our attention and investments in research, manufacturing facilities, and state-of-the-art products,' said E. Thomas Pappert, Chrysler's group vice president of sales.
The Eagle, first introduced in 1979 as a 1980-model but based on AMC's Concord introduced years earlier, has seen its sales steadily decline since its peak in 1983 of 31,207.
Sales for 1987 through the end of October amounted to a paltry 4,822 units.
Following its takeover of AMC, Chrysler quickly ended production of the Alliance subcompact built in Kenosha, Wis., where it now builds Chrysler subcompacts and large rear-drive cars.
More recently it canceled plans to build the Allure, a two-door version of the Premier sedan which Chrysler will soon introduce through its newly formed Jeep-Eagle unit.
Both the Alliance and Premier come from French carmaker Renault, which owned a 46 percent stake in AMC before selling it to Chrysler.