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2012 Kia Sedona

2012 Kia Sedona

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Kia Sedona: Korean automakers have shown they can take on the Japanese and American manufacturers with sedans and crossovers, but not with minivans. The only Korean-brand minivan currently offered in the U.S., the Sedona rides into the sunset after 2012, a victim of lagging sales.

2012 Hyundai Veracruz

2012 Hyundai Veracruz

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Hyundai Veracruz:
While seven-passenger crossovers aren’t expected to deliver driving excitement, some are blander than others. In a market packed with solid choices from other manufacturers, the Veracruz’s uninspired styling, numb handling and surprising lack of cargo room proved to be its downfall.

2012 Mitsubishi Eclipse SE

2012 Mitsubishi Eclipse SE

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Mitsubishi Eclipse:
Let’s pause for a moment of silence here, shall we? If you’re a sport compact enthusiast, you know that the Mitsubishi Eclipse actually died with the second generation. Since then, the car has shuffled through various iterations, all of which took it farther away from its original turbocharged, all-wheel-drive, take-no-prisoners-on-the-racetrack mission. It’s worth pointing out that the Eclipse GSX paved the way for cars like the Subaru WRX and Mitsubishi Evo, but let’s be honest here: the real Eclipse was killed off in 1999.

2012 Mitsubishi Galant

2012 Mitsubishi Galant

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Mitsubishi Galant:
Who knew that Mitsubishi still built and sold a mid-size sedan in the United States? Aside from rental car agencies, the answer appeared to be “not many buyers,” leading to the Galant's demise in the U.S after 2012.

2008 Mitsubishi Endeavor FWD 4-door SE Angular Front Exterior View

2008 Mitsubishi Endeavor FWD 4-door SE Angular Front Exterior View

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Mitsubishi Endeavor:
Designed specifically for the United States market, the Endeavor was Mitsubishi’s attempt to build a mid-size crossover that catered to American tastes. The automaker boldly forecasted annual sales of some 80,000 units, but never managed to hit half that amount. By 2010, sales had fallen to just over 4,400 units, making the Endeavor unprofitable to build. Like the Galant, it won’t be missed by many.


 
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  1. okay Saab going under was not GMs fault. Get your facts straight! Saab should have gone under years ago. GM was making bank and bought the company to save it. Yes GM could have done more with the company but money can only be spread so far between all the brands they had.

  2. @Myles, there's nothing wrong with my facts. Saab had several Chinese investors lined up until GM flexed its preferred-stock muscles and said no, blaming it on a conflict of interest with its existing Chinese partners.

    Look at a Saab 9-5 and you'll see why: it's a parts-bin GM car that can't easily be re-engineered to use other components. Ditto for the 9-4X.

    To your point, Saab didn't die under GM's ownership, however, GM was the company that stepped in and eliminated Saab's chance at a future. I stand by my facts.

  3. YES! Another inheirited money machine that let it's wrath be known! Funny too! The "parents" struggled there after. Big guns with $ at the time, ruling and bossing everything in sight! Typical of those blow hards! Most had to sell the family farm to survive in their old age! Too stupid and sluggish of mind to update, modernize, and look after their "future" offspring. Another story of BAD CHOICES!

  4. Actually, Myles is correct. Even though SAAB was using stuff from the GM parts bin, they altered the vehicles so much from the platform design that they were losing money on every car. GM provided Vauxhall chassis and requested SAAB use them, SAAB agreed and went about it's own way. SAAB was doomed before GN ever got involved.

  5. I agree with Myles. I still own a SAAB, this is number 5 a 2007 Aero convertible that is more GM than Trollhatten. Its the best one ever, far superior to the electrical plauged problem 2003 and the 1998. SAAB was in trouble long before GM came along and they tried hard to save it.

  6. that's too true dude u r so right GM tried to save them but had other brands they had to keep like Cadillac, Chevrolet, Buick, and GMC

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  8. You forgot the VOLT...GM's laughable answer to the economy problem. Buy a VOLT and get tons of extra problems down the road...buy the legend now, you can re-badge it EDSEL.

  9. @Ow, the Volt isn't going away, and that's a good thing.

    I'm sure your anti-Volt opinion is based on personal experience, right? Not just the anti-GM rantings of the right-wing-fringe wackos in mainstream media?

    Because, oddly, I've racked up thousands of miles behind the wheel of various Volts, all of which have been trouble free. As the first series hybrid vehicle produced by a mainstream automaker, history will see the Volt in a much different light than you do.

  10. Kurt where do u work at? r u only getting ur facts from newspapers, radio, TV, news, and internet and/or phone? Its more complex and deeper when you actually work for the company itself.

  11. @Justin, I write about cars for a living. I get my facts from driving the cars I write about, including a drive in the Chevy Volt (prior to its release) from New York City to Detroit.

    Do you work for GM? I'm just curious because you appear to be questioning my experience with the Volt.

  12. you are a troll, because you should be banned form facebook and beyond

  13. SAAB was a solid car with alot of brand recognition which is why GM bought it in the first place. being such a small company, they were an easy target for GM. I am so sad to see SAAB go, I will never buy a gm product forever more because of my perception of them as huge monster that eats its young

  14. Buy yourself a Honda Pilot. You will have 5 worry free years of driving. If you take good care of it and change oil every 5,000 miles, there's no reason why it will not last headache free for another 5 years.

    The used car buyer would still be able to enjoy his investment. It is a fact.

  15. I never owned one, but I'll miss SAAB (sob!)

  16. Am looking for a good second-hand car. Am considering the following models, a 2007 Ford Focus, a 2007 Suzuki Forenza? Which should I buy?

  17. Kurt, the Sonic is NOT built on the old Aveo platform. It's the GammaII platform.

  18. That should say Gamma II. :)

  19. @ms, mea culpa - the Sonic is indeed built on the Gamma II platform, which is not the same as the last Aveo used.

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