“No gig is forever,” Blues master Popa Chubby told me more than once. The same applies to autos; notice how many Model T’s or ’47 Packards you don’t see out there. This year is no different than any year in that some cars aren’t going to make it in 2015. Slow sales are always a reason for any car’s axe, but other factors such as obsolete platforms, a design that was hot in 2004 but isn’t now, or a car that just never really took off remain justification for the heave-ho. Here are some rides that’ll sleep with the fishes in 2015:
Launched in 2006, the XK was a particularly inspired trim by the always controversial Jaguar. This year, the launch of the sportier, more mod F-Type stole the XK’s thunder, and the XK’s exit is therefore understandable.
This is embarrassing, but I barely remember this car – and as it turns out, neither did autobuyers when it came time to fork it over. Priced at a pretty-steep $44,470, reviewers loved its V-8 Corvette engine, but the public said “feh” and the car was pretty much toast before it even got rolling.
All right, now I can say it. Ugly then, ugly now. A crusher would have done this sideways refrigerator a world of good, but this is better.
Reconfigured with much fanfare a year ago, the suits nonetheless did an about-face, decided to bag the whole idea and the decent Durango rolls no more.
Brought back from the dead in 2007 to replace the Dodge Stratus, the Avenger now enjoys its second farewell.
After 3,500 cars sold in three years, McLaren is axing the MP4 due to the popularity of the all-new 655S which will rocket you from a dead stop to 60 MPH in a holy-moly 2.5 seconds and which costs about $265,500 – about $35,000 more than the MP4. No dummies, McLaren.