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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2008 Mitsubishi Endeavor FWD 4-door SE Angular Front Exterior ViewEnlarge Photo