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The Class Of 2009: A Lost Generation Of Cars Page 3


2009 Acura TL

2009 Acura TL

2009 Acura TL

Redesigned for the 2009 model year, Acura's mid-level sedan brought with it a stunning new interior, chock full of the latest advancements in electronics and audio. It also brought with it exterior styling that's best described as "controversial," causing buyers to eschew the once-popular sedan in favor of those more conventionally styled. Acura got the hint, and (thankfully) reshaped the car for the 2012 model year, but it's unsure how the milder makeover will go over.


 
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  1. Most of the makers of those lost cars live on. However, we will miss the Opel-derived Saturns. They were worth keeping but had the bad fortune to be kicked out by Government Motors.
     
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  2. Carl, I miss the G8 GXP myself. I certainly don't need a full size muscle sedan, but the car could have done wonders for Pontiac's brand equity had it been introduced sooner.
     
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  3. Strange, these Astra's (marketed as Vauxhalls in the UK) have long been considered the worst of the small family car bunch, with most buyers opting for German or French alternatives.

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  4. As good as the G8 was, the Solstice Coupe was just gawdawful. More practicality? Who was the last manufacturer to sell a removable roof car that can't carry the roof? The only thing that kept these pigs from being the worst car in the final Pontiac lineup was the nightmare top on the G6 convertible...
     
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  5. VAlid criticism.
    Still, in 2007, Pontiac Solstice far outsold target Miata. Corvette captured nearly half of the two seat market for GM with 2nd place Solstic and 3rd place Saturn Sky also beating the Miata giving GM 1/2 the two seat market.
     
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  6. I couldn't understand why the Mazda6 didn't sell because it was far and away the best looking Japanese midsize sedan. I think the Infiniti FX is also the best looking Japanese crossover second only to the Buick Enclave. The Astra and Solstice should have continued as a Chevrolet or Buick instead of keeping two truck lines, i.e., GMC. If I would have had anything to say about it, Saturn would have continued and GMC would have been sent packing.
     
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