Japan’s mitsubsishi gyoax, Japan’s top-selling carmaker, announced on Monday that it is ending its production of the Model S sedan in 2018 and plans to sell the vehicle only through an online sale.
The announcement comes amid continued turmoil at the Japanese automaker, which has been facing a series of recalls and scandals over safety and performance.
The Model S, which is already on sale for about $55,000 after a five-year limited warranty, has been a popular car for many Japanese who prefer a smaller car.
As of Friday, it had about 11.8 million registered owners, up from 10.4 million in 2014.
“The Model A is a wonderful vehicle.
I want to see more of it,” said Haruo Nakamura, a 55-year-old retiree who has owned the car since 2008.
Nakamura is the second person to announce a retirement from the Model A in a week.
A woman in Tokyo announced in December that she would be retiring after owning it for two decades.
A spokesperson for Mitsubishi said the company has no plans to make the Model E, which it has sold in Japan for more than two decades, a mass-produced sedan.
Earlier this year, Mitsubishis chief executive Takayuki Ito announced plans to phase out production of Model S cars and will instead focus on the Model X crossover.
Ito said the Model P crossover will debut next year, while Mitsubisha plans to start selling a smaller, smaller SUV called the Kaze.
Mitsubishi shares fell 1.5 percent to 1,936 yen, or about $15.50.
In October, Mitsushishis sales slipped to the lowest level in three years as its new, less-expensive Model Y sedan failed to meet expectations.
The Model Y was a more expensive car, but it had a more limited lineup, more fuel-efficient engines and more seating for its passengers.
This story was updated at 11:10 a.m.
PT on Monday.