Every year, new cars arrive in the showrooms. Some are brand new to the world, others go through evolutions and revolutions. Yet, every year, some cars are sent off to the showroom in the sky.
This year, we’ve lost seven vehicles. Some died due to poor sales, some to improper marketing, and others to horrible execution. 2014 will bring about the deaths of these seven vehicles.
- Acura ZDX
- Cadillac Escalade EXT
- Nissan Altima Coupe
- Toyota Matrix
- Volkswagen Routan
- Volvo C30
- Volvo C70
In some cases, like the ZDX and Routan, the product was poorly conceived and faced an equally poor reception in the marketplace. In other cases, like the Escalade EXT and Altima Coupe, they were based on previous generation cars and the business case wasn’t strong enough to justify a replacement. The Volvo twins and the Matrix weren’t necessarily bad cars, but they were long in the tooth and faced declining sales, thus leading to their euthanization.
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