We’d like to believe the economy is getting better, even if it isn’t doing so at the pace we’d like to see. For automakers, 2008 was a bad year, but 2009 will go down as the year that auto sales fell off the cliff. It still isn't what analysts consider recovered: sales are hovering at an annualized rate of about 11.5 million vehicles, far off a "new normal" of 13 or 14 million units.
Whenever something like that happens, there’s bound to be collateral damage. Automakers have shuttered under-performing brands (like Pontiac or Saturn, which had troubles that began long before 2009), but still have had to launch new vehicles into showrooms devoid of buyers.
This rogue’s gallery of cars is filled with vehicles caught in the wrong place at the wrong time. Few of them were truly misguided; some were merely poorly timed. Some are still on the market, while others have gone to that great dealer showroom in the sky. Some are already treasured collectibles, while others soldier on in dealer showrooms, nearly as unloved today as they were back at the height of the financial collapse.
Which cars made our “Lost Generation” list? Read on to find out.