Saleen to exit the manufacturing business, focus on aftermarketby Mark Kleis
The writing has been on the wall for some time, but it is official now: Saleen Performance Vehicles is exiting the vehicle manufacturing market.
Carrol Shelby, Jack Roush and Steve Saleen - three of the most well-known names in the performance realm of automotive, especially when it comes to Ford, and even more so with the Mustang. But Ford's favorite trio of customizers is a trio no more, with Steve Saleen separated from the company that bears his name, things have changed at his former company.
Where once Saleen Mustangs, Foci and more recently Saleen F-150s rolled out of the Saleen factory, that company has taken a new direction since Steve Saleen parted ways and started SMS. The latest news from Saleen (the company) is that the long-time custom manufacturer will be exiting manufacturing entirely, instead focusing on the aftermarket, according to the Oakland Press via MotorTrend.
In early November of last year Saleen made an announcement that it would usher in the "next step in the evolution of Saleen," referring to the integration of Revstone Global Performance Vehicles, while continuing to manufacture cars. Now, it appears that things didn't work out according to plan, and Saleen is taking a different direction yet again.
"The teams responsible for engineering and development of Saleen bring a level of engineering prowess and passion that is second to none," said Bob LaCourciere, president of Revstone Aftermarket, which owns Saleen Performance Vehicles. "We want to apply that same talent and dedication to second-stage manufacturing."
Due to the changes, the 2011 Saleen S302 will be the last of its kind to roll out from the Saleen manufacturing facility in Troy, Michigan, when manufacturing stops this summer.
"We feel it is time to retire the legend and to usher in a new era of performance," added LaCourciere. "We will continue to honor our warranties on Saleen vehicles and Saleen parts will be available through Speedlab."
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