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Say Goodbye to Some Discontinued Cars in 2014

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On: Mon, May 12, 2014 at 12:04PM | By: Karen Cook

Say Goodbye to Some Discontinued Cars in 2014

We all face an eventual demise and automobiles are no different. Every year models drop off the map, some to be replaced by better versions and others to be forgotten.

Acura is dropping the TL and TSX this year and will replace it with the 2015 TLX which is a combination of the best of the outgoing models. The mid-size room will still carry the compact-size price.

Chrysler is letting go of the 200 convertible with no plans to replace it. It struck buyers as kind of old-fashioned and will leave the spacious yet affordable convertible section of Chrysler's menu empty for now.

This is the last year for the Dodge Avenger but the 2015 200 will be the auto maker's new mid-size sedan. It will also retain the Dart which was very like the Avenger anyway.

Plumbers, electricians, and the like will get a transportation/work vehicle upgrade since the Ford E-Series will become a thing of the past. The Transit van is more fuel efficient and modern.

The first hybrid to hit US dealerships is also waving good-bye. The Honda Insight did not sell anywhere near the manufacturer's expectations. It will keep the Civic Hybrid.

McLaren will no longer make the MP4-12C which first became available in 2011. Instead the 650S, which is extremely similar, will go into production and will have a twin-turbo 3.8-liter V8 engine.

Subaru's Tribeca is breathing its last. It came out in 2005 but did not inspire much excitement due to its small interior, low fuel economy, old-fashioned technology, and a rather odd airplane-like grille. Even with modifications done in 2008 it didn't attract many buyers.

Oddly, Lamborghini is halting production of the Gallardo even though its sales accounted for nearly half of all Lamborghini sales since the company was founded in 1963. Its replacement will be the Huracan.

The Toyota FJ cruiser has not been able to withstand the public's preference for crossover vehicles.

The Jaguar XK and the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT are also on the chopping block but not until next year. Both companies will offer them through 2015 as limited edition vehicles.


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