Canceled Cars: Dead and Dying Models

Canceled Cars: Dead and Dying Models

The recent economic downturn has created extraordinary market conditions for automotive manufacturers. With both General Motors and Chrysler moving past their bankruptcies, all manufacturers are shifting product lineups and canceling cars to help meet the new realities of reduced demand. The coming months will see the potential for an unprecedented retirement of specific models and even entire car brands.

GM discontinued the Pontiac and Saturn brands in 2009, and the Hummer brand is in the process of winding down. The manufacturer has also sold its Saab brand, and the model lineup may shift drastically or be replaced entirely. Additionally, in the general course of the automotive product cycle, certain models are simply discontinued or replaced.

Knowing which vehicles are soon going away or simply being replaced in a manufacturer's lineup presents an opportunity for consumers. For vehicles that are canceled entirely thanks to a brand's demise (e.g. Pontiac), knowing that dealers must rid their lots of these discontinued models can give consumers a bargaining advantage.

For models such as Honda's S2000, which have simply reached the end of their production cycle and are not being replaced, those who have always had an affinity for a particular model might want to avail themselves of the last opportunity to purchase the vehicle new. For others, knowing that a discontinued vehicle is in its last year of production, soon to be replaced with an all-new or updated version, is reason enough to avoid such a purchase.

We've compiled a list (below) of model nameplates that are set to disappear in the coming months due to brand terminations (Pontiac/Saturn), market conditions (Chrysler Aspen/Dodge Durango) or normal product cycle schedules (Toyota Solara).

Bentley Arnage End of Product Cycle
Cadillac DTS End of Product Cycle
Cadillac STS-V Market Conditions
Cadillac XLR End of Product Cycle
Cadillac XLR-V End of Product Cycle
Chevrolet Cobalt Sedan SS Market Conditions
Chevrolet HHR SS Panel Van Market Conditions
Chevrolet Impala SS Market Conditions
Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid Market Conditions
Chevrolet Trailblazer End of Product Cycle
Chrysler Aspen Market Conditions
Dodge Durango Market Conditions
Ford Taurus X End of Product Cycle
GMC Envoy End of Product Cycle
Honda S2000 End of Product Cycle
Hyundai Entourage Market Conditions
HUMMER H2 Market Conditions
HUMMER H2 SUT Market Conditions
HUMMER H3 Brand Terminated
HUMMER H3T Brand Terminated
Kia Amanti End of Product Cycle
Kia Borrego End of Product Cycle
Lexus SC 430 End of Product Cycle
Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class End of Product Cycle
Mercury Sable End of Product Cycle
Mitsubishi Raider Market Conditions
Pontiac G3 Brand Terminated
Pontiac G5 Brand Terminated
Pontiac G6 Brand Terminated
Pontiac G8 Brand Terminated
Pontiac Solstice Brand Terminated
Pontiac Torrent Brand Terminated
Pontiac Vibe Brand Terminated
Saab 9-7X End of Product Cycle
Saturn Astra Brand Terminated
Saturn Aura Brand Terminated
Saturn Aura Hybrid Brand Terminated
Saturn Outlook Brand Terminated
Saturn Sky Brand Terminated
Saturn Vue Brand Terminated
Saturn Vue Hybrid Brand Terminated
Suzuki Equator Market Conditions
Suzuki XL7 Market Conditions
Toyota Solara End of Product Cycle
Volvo V70 End of Product Cycle
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