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The Class Of 2009: A Lost Generation Of Cars Page 4


2009 Ford Flex

2009 Ford Flex

2009 Ford Flex

New for the 2009 model year, the Ford Flex may be the most polarizing vehicle in Ford's current lineup. It's box-on-box (or, "big-box-on-bigger-box") styling seems to create fans or critics only, with very few shoppers indifferent about Ford's full-size crossover. Sales have been disappointing since launch, with a record high of just under 39,000 units sold in 2009, far short of Ford's anticipated 100,000 units per year.


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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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