DETROIT Bowing to pressure from a lawsuit and citing a mixture of driveability, efficiency and environmental concerns, Daimler Chrysler today announced that the short-lived production run of the Wrangler Rubicon will cease in April. The Rubicon model of the popular sport utility had additional equipment meant to make it more capable in off road situations. "The Rubicon package has proven to be a failure in the actual environment where the vehicle is being driven." said Dieter Baumgartner, Jeep Division Director of Product Placement. "Many of our customers have had serious complaints about the steering system at slow speeds and with the rising cost of gasoline, the excessive fuel mileage." Baumgartner continued. Kimberley White of Silver City, New Mexico bought a Wrangler Rubicon in January, 2003. She and others are joining in a class action lawsuit against Daimler Chrysler in an attempt to return what she claims is a defective vehicle. "At first we really liked it," she stated recently, "It fit our lifestyle perfectly, with the tough looks and big tires." But the more she and her boyfriend drove it, the more undesirable the special features of the Rubicon model showed through. "We took it to the Southridge Mall parking lot and tried pulling the little lever and pressing the buttons for the four wheel drive system." she said in an interview, "But it went so slow people were honking at us and when we tried to turn into a parking space it felt like the whole drivetrain just locked up solid and the tires made all these scratching and squealing noises." Other complaints listed in the lawsuit included poor gas mileage, noisy highway ride and the possibility of environmental damage if used off road. "In reviewing sales figures we have decided that the low volume of production does not justify the additional expense that continued production will cause us." said Baumgartner. "We are seriously considering the addition of a Rubicon package to the Liberty, but without all the extra equipment that the Wrangler model had. We have found that most of our customers prefer leather seats and cruise control on their Jeeps."