Five Cars Biting the Dust In 2015

“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 from 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:

Jaguar XK
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.

Chevrolet SS
This is embarrassing, but I barely remember this car – and as it turns out, neither did auto buyers 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.

Ford Flex
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.

Dodge Durango
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.

Dodge Avenger
Brought back from the dead in 2007 to replace the Dodge Stratus, the Avenger now enjoys its second farewell.

McLaren MP4-12C
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.

josh max

Josh Max grew up on a rural Westchester road next to a garage, and designed his first car, the "Washington" - an answer to "Lincoln" - when he was four. He read and memorized the Reader's Digest Complete Guide to Car Care And Repair at 16 and was soon gapping plugs, changing clutch cables, rotating tires and anything else that didn't require a lift. He has test-driven over 776 cars and trucks and published over 2,000 articles in major media.