QOTD: Who Will Be First Against the Wall?
So dawns a new year, ripe with promise and expectation. Millions of babies will draw their first breath in 2018, and those babies’ parents, aunts, uncles, or grandparents will drive off in 16 million or so new vehicles over the course of the coming year. In the U.S., of course.
Unfortunately, to keep the automotive herd healthy, the weakest will have to die. And in 2018, some vehicle nameplates will discover their lifespan has a definitive end point.
Yes, we’ve asked you before about which model (or models) you’d like to see six feet under. We’ve also asked your thoughts on which sedan — a bodystyle now worthy of pity — is ready to shuffle into the afterlife. Perhaps your answer for that question is the same as for this one.
Because we know 2018 will bring news of a model’s scheduled termination at the hands of an automaker pursuing greater profits and greater investment in hotter segments, we’re extending the question to cover all cars, trucks, and SUVs. Which model will be the next to see an official confirmation of its looming death?
There’s much talk of the Ford Fusion’s execution these days, making it a solid candidate. The Blue Oval thinks fuel economy isn’t a big consideration anymore, at least not at a reason for keeping sedans alive. Still, Dearborn’s not coming right out and saying it — not yet, anyway.
Maybe the next model to leave our lives is one that’s long since left our hearts and minds. Maybe it never even entered. Maybe it’s the Kia Cadenza. Or, maybe General Motors has a better subcompact crossover than the Chevrolet Trax on its mind.
The possibilities are many, the choices vast. So, Best and Brightest, stop thinking about rebirth and personal improvement and all that optimistic New Year stuff and start thinking about death.
[Image: Kia Motors]
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