Five Endangered Cars Page 2

September 16, 2010
2008 Cadillac DTS

2008 Cadillac DTS

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Cadillac DTS

The last huge front-wheel-drive Cadillac?  Really?  The end of the DTS has not been formally announced.  But it was rumored in 2009.  And in 2010.  It's almost certain to come in 2011.  After all, Cadillac has a new full-size sedan on the auto show circuit.  The XLS features the dramatic Art & Science styling that has won Cadillac raves, and a rear-wheel-drive platform that promises better driving dynamics.  It just might banish the memory of huge, pillowy Caddies like this.

2010 Volvo V70

2010 Volvo V70

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Volvo V70

And now, we'll get a little emotional.  Sure, Volvo wagons are short on sex appeal.  But for those of us who grew up staring out the back window of a 240 or a 740, the end of the Volvo wagon in America is a sad day.  But that's exactly what we face.  Volvo has already made the announcement.  The V70 will still be built, and sold, in Europe.  But it will no longer be shipped to America.  Sure, we get the sex appeal of sleek crossovers like the XC60.  But until they come with rear-facing third-row seats, they're dead to us.

2010 Mercury Milan Hybrid

2010 Mercury Milan Hybrid

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Mercury Milan

Actually, it's the entire Mercury brand that's on the way out.   But it isn't much of a loss.  Every Mercury has a Ford equivalent, and what was the Milan but a slightly more expensive Ford Fusion? Its a nice midsize car, but why pay extra for the Mercury badge? The optional two-tone leather seats were a nice touch, but not enough to save Mercury from the chopping block.

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