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The Death List: What Cars Aren't Coming Back For 2013? Page 3


2011 Tesla Roadster 2.5

2011 Tesla Roadster 2.5

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Tesla Roadster: Proving that the wealthy can have an environmentally sensitive side, too, Tesla managed to sell every $100k-plus Roadster it built. Impractical as anything other than a sunny-day toy, the demise of the Lotus Elise in the U.S. signaled the end of Tesla Roadster production.


 
2011 Saab 9-5

2011 Saab 9-5

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Saab (all):
Oh, what could have been had Saab not been purchased by GM. The once proud, quirky-but-stout brand from Trollhattan became too integrated with GM over the course of its ownership, ultimately deciding Saab’s fate even before the sale to Spyker. While the Saab 9-5 was a fine car, it felt more like a Buick than a traditional Saab. There’s little hope for a brand revival, but the marque will live on for decades in the hands of faithful and determined owners.

2011 Chevrolet Aveo

2011 Chevrolet Aveo

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Chevy Aveo:
There’s one reason and one reason only to buy a Chevy Aveo: it’s inexpensive, and you need basic transportation. A prime example of why domestic automakers have been losing ground to import brands, the Aveo should have been killed off years ago. It’s replacement, the Sonic, is a superior car in every way.

2013 Chevrolet Avalanche

2013 Chevrolet Avalanche

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Chevy Avalanche / Cadillac Escalade EXT:
Part truck, part SUV, the Chevy Avalanche helped to create the market for crew-cab pickup trucks. Ironically, the growth in crew-cab sales came at the expense of the Avalanche, which has seen declining sales in recent years. Whether or not the Cadillac Escalade EXT (a badge engineered Avalanche) was a success depends upon your perspective: it never sold in large quantities, but it did out-live the Lincoln Blackwood luxury pickup. Both models are going away in the 2013 model year.

 

Note: this list originally included the Volvo C70 based on some incorrect information we promulgated (love the word, hate the action implied). The C70's indeed back with us for the 2013 model year--though Volvo confirms the plant that builds it will be shuttered in the near future.


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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.
     
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  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.
     
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  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!
     
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  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.
     
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  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.
     
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  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.
     
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  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.
     
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  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.
     
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  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.
     
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  12. you are a troll, because you should be banned form facebook and beyond
     
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  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
     
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  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.
     
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  15. I never owned one, but I'll miss SAAB (sob!)
     
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  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?
     
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  17. Kurt, the Sonic is NOT built on the old Aveo platform. It's the GammaII platform.
     
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  18. That should say Gamma II. :)
     
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  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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