Before they're forgotten, it's time to pay respects to another batch of vehicles that have stared down the grim reaper, and lost. Send your condolences below:
Acura's trading in a lot of vehicles this year: after axing the wacky ZDX coupe-ute last year, it's dumping the four-door TL sedan and the TSX sedan and wagon this year. They're both being replaced for the 2015 model year by the brand-new TLX sedan.
BMW's smallest coupe and convertible aren't dying off so much as moving to greener pastures. Under BMW's latest naming change, the 1-Series two-doors are now 2-Series two-doors, and pretty wonderful in M235i trim at that. A new 1-Series is sure to return in the future, once BMW starts building cars in its new plant in central Mexico.
Cadillac's brilliant CTS-V cars gave us hope that a hotted-up, humpbacked luxowagon could somehow make sense to mainstream America. It did not, so this year, the last-gen CTS-V four- and five-doors go away. The two-door lingers on for a short model run, while Cadillac preps V-Series cars based on the ATS Coupe and, fingers crossed, CTS sedan.
GM thought mild hybrids were the wave of the future, so it strapped its eAssist technology to both its mainstream Chevy sedans. In the process, they proved Americans are fickle and numbers-fixated. The mild gas-mileage improvements put the Malibu and Impala Eco off the shopping lists of buyers wanting sky-high EPA ratings, so this year they're both deleted. Ironically, the last-generation Chevy Impala soldiers on still, as a fleet powerhouse.
The new Chrysler 200 is a stunner of a sedan. As a convertible, it's postmortem. The ragtop and hardtop 200s won't join the sexy party--Chrysler's dropped the convertible model, since most of them were low-margin rental specials.