Say Goodbye to these 10 Vehicles!

Say Goodbye to these 10 Vehicles!
Say Goodbye to these 10 Vehicles!

It is important for the automotive aftermarket to learn about the release of new vehicles as soon as possible. However, it may be just as important to find out which vehicles will no longer be produced. This year (2006) is the last model year for these 10 vehicles:

General Motors Hummer H1: This vehicle has been available for civilians since 1992, but in that time only 12,000 have been sold, with only 374 sold in the United States in calendar year 2005.

Volkswagen Phaeton: Not every Volkswagen dealer signed on to be a Phaeton dealership, and the price tag was fairly steep for a Volkswagen: $66,700 for the V8 model and $96,600 for the V12. Only 3,300 have been sold in the United States since it was introduced in 2003.

Porsche GT: Production ended in May. At a cost of $440,000, only 1,270 were sold in the 2.5 years it was produced.

Ford GT: Because of financial troubles, Ford is closing the Wixom, Michigan, plant where the Ford GT, introduced in 2004, is built.

Lincoln LS: The other vehicle produced at Ford’s Wixom plant. Roughly 293,000 have been built since its introduction in 1999, but by 2005, annual sales dropped to fewer than 20,000.

Pontiac GTO: Sales never reached the annual goal of 18,000. The best year was 2004, with sales reaching 13,569. Sales have continued to decrease, and new federal regulations would add cost to the vehicle.

Acura RSX: Low-priced Acura that replaced the Integra. Sales have decreased since its introduction in 2002.

Mazda MPV: This vehicle is being replaced by the 2007 Mazda CX-7 and CX-9 crossover SUVs.

Ford Taurus: Had been America’s best-selling car from 1992 to 1996, but sales have been decreasing. It has been slowly phased out, with the introductions of the Ford Five Hundred and the Ford Fusion.

Honda Insight: Sales averaged only 55 cars per month, compared to the sales of its rival, the Toyota Prius, at 9,000 per month.

Although there will be many of the above vehicles cruising the streets for years to come, specialty-equipment companies may want to reconsider producing large quantities of products for these phased-out rides.

Source: Ann Job, “The ‘Good-Bye’ Cars of 2006,"