2013 cars that won't be coming back
The automotive industry is one of the most exciting industries in the world because of the constant change in models and technology. Every year there are announcements of new models coming out to peak our interests. And many years we also say goodbye to models that have been with us for decades. We will say goodbye to fourteen models for the 2012 and 2013 model years, some of which we will be sad to see go, and others we won’t. Below is the list of cars, trucks, and SUV’s that will go into the automotive history books.
Chevy Avalanche / Cadillac Escalade EST: The Chevy Avalanche is a cross between two body styles that were both popular. The truck is a four-door six passenger sport utility truck that shared the same chassis with the Chevrolet Suburban and has seen declining sales with the growth of crew-cab sales. The Cadillac Escalade was a re-badged Avalanche and was never a large seller for the luxury brand. Both models are going away in the 2013 model year.
Chevy Aveo: GM’s smallest and least expensive car is just basic transportation. The car comes as a four-door sedan or a five-door hatchback and had nothing exciting to offer to young buyers. The Aveo is being replaced by the Chevy Sonic that is built on the same platform, but is a superior car in every area. The Aveo should have been sent to the scrap yard years ago.
Ford Escape Hybrid: Despite the Escapes aged design, the popular vehicle remained popular among compact crossover consumers. But most competitors are more appealing due to superior refinement and functionality. The 2013 Ford Escape will get a much-need complete redesign and will be built on a global platform. The Escape’s new styling and athletic chassis was worth the wait.
Hyundai Veracruz: Hyundai is trying to cover every area in the consumer automotive sphere and in the crowded midsize SUV segment, they struck out with the Veracruz. The SUV from Hyundai lacked the styling, handling and sportiness that others in the segment are offering. With it’s lack of cargo room, the Veracruz never was a popular choice for consumers.
Kia Sedona: When shopping for a minivan, the last name on the list would be the Kia Sadona. While the South Korean automaker is taking on the automotive world in most other segments, the minivan market is not one of them. The Sedona couldn’t compete with the Japanese and American brands that are so popular and was the victim of lagging sales.
Lexus HS 250h: The hybrid from Lexus wasn’t just a re-badged Prius with some luxury added, but featured a unique chassis and hybrid system adopted from the Camry powertrain. It performed significantly better than the Prius but under-delivered in the fuel-mileage area. The Linclon MKZ offers better fuel economy, a roomier cabin and more standard equipment. With the introduction of the more affordable Lexus CT 200h, the HS 250h gets the ax.