Bye Bye For Some Automobiles
Every year car manufacturers take stock in the success of its models and make line up changes. Some of the changes upset us (like when the Mustang was off the market) and some don’t. There are a number of vehicles who are having their last hurrah in 2014, retiring to that automobile lot of has-been cars.
Nissan is discontinuing the Cube and the Murano Cross Cabriolet. The Cube has always confused critics with it’s very boxy shape. The Cabriolet on the other had was expected to be a little more popular than it ended up being. To add to the Nissan overhaul they are removing the Altima 2-door sedan from its line up along with Maxima and the Mazda 2 being removed and replaced by upgrades of both models.
Chevrolet has decided that trying to meet the Eco-friendly needs of drivers was a risky business and will be discontinuing a couple of the models they thought would appeal to these types of shoppers. So the Eco models of the Impala and Malibu will no longer be manufactured. For all the success other hybrids have had, neither of these models have had that type of success.
Toyota is shuffling its deck with a few changes. To start, the unexplainable Scion is being discontinued. The Scion was a polarizing car, one you either loved or disliked. Another boxy body shaped car, the Scion drew attention as it drove by but it never made the sales numbers expected. They are also ending the production of the RAV4 EV and the FJ Cruiser.
In addition, many manufactures are discontinuing some models to make room for new models of the same series. Examples of this are the Acura TL and and TSX being consolidated and replaced by the TLX. Even Cadillac is making some changes to their line up, removing the CTS-V and replacing it with the upgraded CTS.
Volkswagen is bidding farewell to the Routan, and BMW is retiring the 1 Series and are replacing it with the new 2 Series line.
Many of these cars have had good, long runs and are being put away and dusted off for new models but as is always the case, some of them just never took off like they were expected to and it the time of your to make a change and move on to newer models.