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Rallying-Subaru pull out of WRC, joining Suzuki

TOKYO, Dec 16 (Reuters) - Fuji Heavy Industries 7270.T, the maker of Subaru cars, said on Tuesday it would pull out of the world rally championship citing the global economic crisis.

Subaru joins fellow Japanese automaker Suzuki Motor Corp 7269.T, which announced its exit a day earlier, and leaves no other Japanese automaker left in the race. [ID:nSP206275]

Carmakers all over the world are under severe pressure to reduce spending as they bleed cash due to a sudden downturn in global car demand.

Honda Motor Co 7267.T, Japan's No.2 automaker, this month quit Formula One racing for similar reasons. [ID:nT343829]

[MORA-LEN] for stories on motor racing (Reporting by Chang-Ran Kim)

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