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Autoblog had the scoop early this am: The next-generation Pacifica was rumored to be set for cancellation and the vannish model dropped from the Chrysler line. Now, The Detroit Free Press reports three suppliers have been ordered to stop work on the new Pacifica, with one indicating it was forced to lay off contract workers hired specifically to work on the new model. Chrysler isn't talking, but sales of the Pacifier are off 10 percent this year, and the reductive move could be part of an ambitious plan to lop $1,000 off the cost of every vehicle. But why Chrysler might be pulling the plug before the great crossover race begins is a mystery of Holmsean proportion.

Chrysler halts work on Pacifica replacement [Detroit Free Press]

Spy Photos: 2007 Chrysler Pacifica [internal]