In Memoriam: the Top Ten Vehicles to Meet Their End in 2017
Another year has drawn to a close, and as we turn ourselves to the business of 2018, let us pause for one moment, and remember the vehicles which are no longer with us, whether due to the actions of the automaker, the whims of the car-buying public, or the influence of cold, hard, inevitability.
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Pour one out with us, then, for:
The Buick Verano, which has been starved of sales ever since crossovers became the top-selling vehicles;
The Chevrolet SS, which held all the power and majesty of the GM V8, but suffered for sharing the bland face of the Cruze;
The Chrysler 200, which was doomed from the very moment its twin, the Dodge Dart, was taken down last year;
The Jeep Patriot, which was a mid-size Jeep SUV in a sea of mid-size Jeep SUVs, and so simply disappeared into the new Compass;
The Mitsubishi i-MiEV, which wasn’t great when it came out, and continued its sad, sickly legacy through years of neglect;
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The Volkswagen Touareg, once the Grand Dame of the VW lineup but now fading into obscurity as the dawn of the Atlas comes over the horizon;
The Mitsubishi Lancer, never the same after the loss of the Evo, and doomed from the moment Mitsubishi was caught cheating on its emissions tests;
The Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive, born in obscurity, living in obscurity, and now dying in obscurity;
The Hyundai Azera, which was sacrificed as the brand created new luxury brand Genesis;
And the Lexus CT200h, whose success only lasted as long as high gas prices did.
Daniel Susco is a native of the Dayton-Cincinnati area, and has written on a multitude of subjects. He can discuss Shakespeare, expound on Classical Mythology, and even make witty jokes about Pliny the Elder (More like “Pliny the Rounder,” right?). In his free time, Daniel enjoys reading, cooking, woodworking, and long walks on the beach (just kidding – sunburn is no joke). See more articles by Daniel.