Skip to comments.2011 Automotive Hot List: The Departed... (Discontinued car brand/marques)
Posted on 10/02/2010 8:21:28 PM PDT by DemforBush
If theres one constant in this world, its this: We live in a world of constant flux. In the automotive world, however, weve all grown accustomed to seeing the same group of manufacturers introduce new models each year. You know the names. But for the 2011 model yearthanks largely to the huge economic downturn that began in late 2008four well-known American nameplates have gone the way of the Edsel, so to speak...
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I’m still cheesed off that they discontinued the DeSoto.
Among the pile of corporate corpses since Øbama was inaugurated:
Hollywood Video (Blockbuster bankrupt)
The Aztec...I’m confident to say that the guy who designed it and the guy who approved it for manufacture were both high on crack. It was damn ugly.
Don’t forget Buell motorcycles.
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Not only that but it had a nasty roll rate on tight turns. My son-in-law rolled his one night and we still have no idea how he avoided being killed.
Have you seen the Nissan Puke, er Juke? It is like the baby son of the Aztec.
I like Ford trucks. They finally got their electronics right in the 1990s when they started partnering with Mazda. The one thing Ford should come out and admit however is the design problem in the F-150 engine that kept blowing out one of the spary plugs due to the metal being too thin in the engine casing.
I never liked Mercury. They always looked like Ford but often with minor (and in my opinion, almost always uglier/worse) cosmetic changes you paid a lot more for. It never made sense to me to have essentially the same vehicles but just have a few trim differences, yet pay a lot more for one than the other.
THe Pontiac Transport wasn’t much better (predecessor van). It looked better but really wasn’t that great of a vehicle either.
I had one. The first five years it lived up to its motto a different kind of car company. After that its time in the shop showed that it was still a GM. (Also those commercials showing things bouncing off the plastic door panels weren't shot when it was well below zero. At that temperature they just shatter when hit.)
It is (or WAS) called mid-line models. Oldsmobile was mid-line. I had a ‘98 Cutlass wich was a bit fancier than a Chevy Malibu, but not near as fancy as the Cadillac Catera. They do the same with imports (Scion > Toyota > Lexus).
I couldn’t stand Fords after the Firestone fiasco, but now I drive a Windstar and it’s a very nice, well-built car.
LOL, the Juke has some curves at least. The AZtec had no curves but linear edges. I would rather ride the bus than drive one.
I still remembered my high school chum who went to the Pontiac dealership and wanted to see the GTO. The dealership guys HEAVILY pimped the Aztec like it was the car of the future. My buddy was “seriously, dude? You’re kidding right?”
I understand mid-line models.
I am saying I never liked the Mercury line because even though they claimed to be a step up from Ford, often the changes were minor (and to me made the vehicle look worse and less appealing) and they charged you more for a crappier looking vehicle than if you went with the top of the line Ford of that same vehicle.
The Homermobile was better thought out.
I’ll miss Pontiac; loved my Grand Prix.
“The Aztec...Im confident to say that the guy who designed it and the guy who approved it for manufacture were both high on crack. It was damn ugly.”
I suspect that the Aztec was not designed by any “guy” but was actually designed by a couple of lesbians. I just can’t think of any other explanation for for it.
I will also miss Pontiac more than the rest. I never owned one until about 2 years ago when I bought a used Grand Prix. It’s the best car I have owned, but it’s also the newest non-minivan/station wagon I have owned, so it might not be a fair comparison.
I’m disappointed they didn’t bring back the Firebird/Trans Am to go with the new Camaro.
KB Toys, Checker Motors, and Circuit City were all bankrupt before the inauguration.
According to Wikipedia, Woolworth's has not been around since 1997 but Pioneer Chicken is still operating.
It was a pity the new GTO looked Japanese. A lttle retro would have made all the difference.
It was almost as bad as the mid-70’s Thunderbird or the Mustang II. At least the Mustang was able to recover eventually. It makes you wonder what they were thinking. People might buy a car partly for the name if the car itself carries on the tradition associated with the name.
Ford had the Taurus X crossover before they came out with the new sedan. I guess it was supposed to fill the niche of the old station wagon, but it looked more like an SUV. I guarantee it would have sold more if it had a name that sounded like an SUV, because I’m sure people thought “I know what a Taurus is, and that’s not one.”
Can you imagine if the new Mustang had been released as an Escort instead, with the same pricing, nothing changed but the name? All you would hear is “It’s a nice looking car, but who wants to pay $30K for an Escort?”
Once a name means something to us, it’s difficult to change the meaning. Any re-used nameplate needs to be an update of the same theme or it will likely be rejected.
My son still drives a loaded Grand Marquis he “inherited” from me. I figure it could go another few 100k miles.
Amazing road vehicle. I’ll miss them.
What is often unreported is the technologies and equipment which goes out the door. I’ll cut thru it and Hummer stuff went to China. Okay that’s fine because we owe them and they were top bidder. Do you know how many jillion$ went into designing these and the equip to build them?
Harken back to earlier days when Studebaker made great heavy trucks. They disappeared from the American landscape.
The only time you saw them en mass_ was parading with missles through the grand streets of China and n.korea.
My dad had a Crown Vic and a Grand Marquis. Both were great cars.
The Buell market-line had lots of potential.
That Trans Am is pretty cool. And Grand Prix’s seem to last forever.
I owned two De Soto’s and they were two of the best cars I ever owned
I still wonder if the car companies have that “carry parts for ten years only” rule, any more.
Tis may be a small thing but the inaccuracy in this article is seen in article after article in reporting today. I don’t know if the “reporters” are just plain ignorant or they deliberately conjure up myths to embellish their stories. This oen comes straight out of GM pr.
“The original Hummer H1 (or Hum-Vee) was a celebrity of the Persian Gulf War. In 2002 came a smaller and (slightly) more manageable version, the Hummer H2.”
The Hummvee bears nothing more than a slight sheet metal resemblance to the hummer. They are 2 totally different vehicles and have absolutely no historical connection other than GM’s desire to capitalize on the performance of the Humvee.
Grand Prix’s are awesome.
I had a 2000 Grand Prix with 200k miles. Would have gotten more if it didn’t have the “red” anti freeze (back then this anti freeze did something to the intake manifold gasket and then sludged the engine).