5 Cars That Won't Drive Into 2014
PORTLAND, Ore. (TheStreet) -- When it's a car's time to go, there's little beyond poor salesmen or barricades that can keep them on the lot.
No car model lasts forever and even car sales that rose more than 8% in the U.S. in 2013 can save dying brands. In previous years, we've said farewell to such favorites as the Ford Ranger, the Hummer line and the entire Saab brand. That last one sold just 480 vehicles in the U.S. last year before meeting its demise -- the last indignity in a long death march that began when General Motors dropped the Swedish brand in 2010.
Each year brings another deathwatch. Another Swedish automaker, Volvo, sold roughly 60,000 vehicles in the U.S. this year as total sales plummeted by roughly 9%. Its total is about a fifth of either Mercedes-Benz or BMW's U.S. business and is less than the number of F-series pickup trucks Ford typically sells in a month. Though Volvo still outsells Mini, Land Rover and Jaguar here, sales of all three are increasing as Volvo slides.
But it's still hanging on for another year, as is Mitsubishi. The Japanese automaker and former Chrysler partner also hovers around the 60,000 mark despite the loss of popular models including the Eclipse and Galant. A modest increase in sales this year, coupled with the introduction of the fuel-sipping Mirage subcompact in 2014 might keep the brand around a while, but it's worth noting that Mitsubishi's U.S. output is about 20% of its closest Japanese competitor, Mazda.
Volvo and Mitsubishi aren't doing great, but at least they're alive. While each of them is killing off models this year -- in Mitsubishi's case, the sporty "Evolution" version of its Lancer -- they're spared the fate of some of the inhabitants of the list below. You won't be seeing these five cars or, in some cases, the companies making them anytime in the near future: