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Five Endangered Cars


Every year, a few more cars make their way to the automotive graveyard.  When the recession began, frankly, we got misty-eyed at some of the cars that met an untimely end.  With Americans cutting back on spending, automakers were forced to cut achingly beautiful roadsters like the Saturn Sky and track-day whippets like the Honda S2000 -- cars you'd buy for love.

This year, another collection may be headed off into the sunset.  But it's a little harder to feel pangs of regret for some of them.  For the most part (okay, there's one exception...more on that in a minute) they never found their niche.

These five cars may be on their way out after the current model year.

2009 Mitsubishi Galant ES

2009 Mitsubishi Galant ES

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Mitsubishi Galant

Mitsubishi makes some decent cars.  The Lancer is an attractive compact, and the Lancer Evolution is a track-worthy demon that defies all natural laws.  The redesigned Outlander has its virtues.  But in recent year the Galant hasn't gained traction in the crowded midsize sedan field -- and when Mitsubishi cancelled the higher-performance Ralliart version for 2010, the writing was on the wall.  Mitsubishi CEO Osamu Masuko has reportedly told confidantes he may cancel the Galant in North America after the 2011 model year, and at the moment, no replacement is planned.

2010 Kia Rondo

2010 Kia Rondo

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Kia Rondo

Visitors to Kia's own Rondo page find the following message awaiting them there: "Thank you for inquiring about the Rondo. As the saying goes 'all good things must come to an end.' But with endings come new beginnings."  Then they are directed to a new website advertising the Kia Sportage.  It looks like we've seen the last of Kia's crossover-wagony-thing.  The Rondo always had promise, with the space of a sport utility and the easy driving dynamics of a sedan.  But it never had much style, which may have killed it in the end.  Kia has learned its lesson, though -- the Korean company's new products all feature the  dynamic, edgy styling the Rondo lacked.


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Comments (4)
  1. From what I understand the V70 will live on as the XC70. Hopefully Volvo doesn't do to the XC70 what Subaru did to the Outback (ie making it a full crossover SUV with little reminders of it's wagon roots).
     
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  2. I don't think the XTS will be RWD.
    I'm pretty sure it will be FWD with an AWD option.
    You're probably confusing the XTS with the ATS (which WILL be RWD).
     
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  3. Mark, you're mixing up the Cadillac XLS with the Cadillac XTS. My understanding is that the rear-wheel drive Cadillac XLS flagship is still many years down the road, if it comes at all. In the mean time the Cadillac DTS (and the Cadillac STS) are supposed to be replaced by the XTS.
    The Cadillac XTS is basically a front-wheel drive vehicle based on an extended length version of GM's mid-sized chassis that is used for the Opel Insignia/Vauxhall Insignia/Buick Regal, the larger Chevrolet Malibu, the even larger Buick LaCross. The XTS will supposedly be even larger than the LaCross, almost the same size as the current DTS. All-Wheel Drive will be available, perhaps as an option, or perhaps as standard equipment. Engine choices remain a mystery.
    You're right about the Volvo XC70 still being available, it's basically an all-wheel drive version of the V70 with added ground-clearance.
     
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  4. What a heartbreaker. I feel sorry for those who will be forced to buy vehicles limited to the Euro-trash rough and tumble ride. Thanks for reporting though, as I went out and bought a 2011 on the chance it will be the last of the great American riding vehicles.
     
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