Ford's Kansas City factory will suspend production of the Mazda Tribute beginning in May, according to Bloomberg
. The plant will reportedly continue to build the Ford Escape
and Mercury Mariner without interruption. According to a Ford spokesperson, there will be no Mazda Tribute for the 2007 model year as a result of the decision. For the 2008 model year, the plant is expected to build all-new versions of the Ford Escape, Mercury Mariner, and Mazda Tribute. Mazda declined to comment on why there would be no 2007 model for the Tribute.