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Mitsubishi to bring an end to Jeep production in Japan

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Mitsubishi Motors Corp. said it will stop production of Jeep models 45 years after the commercial debut of the rugged four-wheel-drive vehicles in Japan.

The Tokyo-based automaker will make its last Jeep in August, said a company spokesman, explaining the decision was made because the vehicles do not meet new environmental and safety standards.Mitsubishi has sold about 200,000 Jeeps in Japan - mostly to the government - since it was first granted a license to make them in 1953.

The Jeep was originally developed for the U.S. military in 1940 by Willys-Overland and is now made in the United States by Chrysler Corp. Production of the first U.S. commercial Jeep began in 1946.