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#47 of 66 Won't be missed....
Feb 26, 2009 (1:21 am)
Here are a list of manufactures that won't be missed if they left right now and why;
Kia Don't make anything that Hyundia doesn't. Badly styled abortions that cater to the Jerry Springer wanna be a guest, and illegal alien set.
Subaru. They ruined the WRX by making it a ugly hatchback. Not that the old one was good looking. Rest of their lineup is a bunch of yawners.
Mistubishi. I am surprised they are still here. What do they even make except that Evo for the ricer crowd? Never see any of them on the road and dealerships are closing all over the place. R.I.P.
Suzuki. Stick to the motorcycles. You ain't making it in the car business here with those warmed over 10 year old designed Hyundias and unreliable badged Nissan trucks.
Acura. Whomever designed the new "face" for Acura should have his job eliminated right now. Just wamed over Hondas anyway. Same historic transmission problems as my wifes Odyssey.
Infinity. Uglify an already ugly car and you have a Infinty. Everytime I see an FX, I want to throw up. I'm waiting for the clowns to get out of it when I see it stopped at a light. While I'm at Nissan, new Maixima, the Rouge, Murano, Armada, and the Titan must of been designed by a Japanese blind school retard. None of these would be missed one bit.
Lexus could dump the RX and EX. I mean we had the AMC Pacer. Why bring it back as a RX? EX? Isn't that a Camry? Why pay more for uglier bodywork and free coffee at the dealership?
Saab and Volvo? Merge them and keep the big Vovlo wagon and sell it through Saturns excellent dealer network. Saturn can keep the Sky and Aura. Saab? Don't know enough about them to keep or dump product.
Honda can dump all of it's trucks. Ridgeline, Element, and Pilot are just plain stupid looking and useless. You want a truck? Buy a REAL truck. Those jokes Honda are selling are worthless junk after any hard use.
Pontiac can get rid of its trucks and SUV's. Let Chevy do the truck thing.
#48 of 66 Re: Won't be missed.... [ronvpr]
Feb 26, 2009 (8:30 am)
So Kia, Suzuki, Mitsubishi, Saab, Subaru, Acura, and Infiniti can go without being missed, eh?
What truck does Pontiac sell? Doesn't it just have the Torrent, a rebadged Equinox?
Not sure how the Lexus RX crossover is a reinvented AMC Pacer, can't grasp the connection there. I bet Lexus won't be dropping the RX and ES, as they are its two highest-selling models.
Me, I would miss Subaru, but not Mitsu or Suzuki. Kia actually has some interesting, Asian-funky models either out or about to be released, including the Soul. Let's allow them a little more time to express themselves...
#50 of 66 Owning a car is like owning a share of stock........
Feb 26, 2009 (12:12 pm)
Don't marry either of them and when their usefullness has expired, move on.
Brands appeal to the underconfident."
#51 of 66 Re: Won't be missed.... [nippononly]
Feb 27, 2009 (12:38 am)
Pontiac does sell the Torent. It shouldn't though. With same dealerships selling excellent GMC products, why the overlap? As for getting rid of Kia, Subaru, Mitsubishi, Saab, Suzuki, Acura and Infinity? Yes. I would not miss them at all. You can get the same vehicles without the gold badging, latte' instead of coffee at the dealership ( Acura, Infinity) , arrogant plaid suit sales person, crappy dealer service (the rest) at your basic retard monkey operated Toyota/Honda/Nissan.dealership. As the owner of a Honda Odyssey and a Camry. I can attest to the last statement wholeheartedly.
If you can't see the resemblence of the RX and the AMC Pacer, you should take another look at that Lexus Bathtub. And I still wouldn't waste any money on anything from Korea. I don't care how much they are wooing Edmunds.com with trips to resorts and dinners for favorable write ups. I ve heard from too many people horror stories about shoddy workmanship and over promising sales reps.
I stand by my original post.
#52 of 66 Who's going away?
Mar 21, 2009 (12:27 am)
Some need to, but seriously.....who is going away? With bailout money, and politics, are any really heading to the chopping block?
#53 of 66 Re: One car is pretty much [boaz47]
Mar 21, 2009 (7:46 am)
I couldn't disagree more. Porsche is one of the few cars left that has a personality. I am one who would miss those, along with Mini, certain BMWs, Subarus, Corvettes and any car that has a distinctive and pleasing personality.
I'm not sure why you spend so much time here if you consider a car just a "tool".
Maybe you can find a website that discusses routers or radial saws.
#54 of 66 Re: Who's going away? [fho2008]
Mar 21, 2009 (8:19 am)
are any really heading to the chopping block?
Oh for sure, there were too many competing brands even before the Credit Crunch of '08-9. Right now there are lots of sick puppies out there.
Chrysler, Dodge and probably Hummer and Saab are just about dead. Mercury, Pontiac and GMC are on life support. Lincoln is seriously ill. Jeep and perhaps
Volvo will probably get new owners who want their brand equity.
#55 of 66 One car is pretty much ahead of ALL the rest [andys120]
Mar 21, 2009 (8:22 am)
I followed a new Turbo Carrera through town a couple days ago. I rolled down the window to hear that mellow sound coming from the exhaust. It was black and beautiful. I doubt the 911 goes away. It is still the pinnacle of sports cars in the World. When you consider the basic design came out in 1963 it has to be one of the longest running aside from the original VW Bug. That to me shows good original design, when they can just keep improving over several decades. I wish I could justify owning one myself.
#56 of 66 Re: Who's going away? [andys120]
Mar 22, 2009 (9:52 pm)
Yes, but fho asked if any are REALLY going away. I'm not personally convinced they are, except Saturn in 4 years (as GM has already announced) and perhaps Hummer if there are really no buyers.
Saab is not going anywhere, the Swedish government will see to that.
Lincoln will be around for a long time I suspect (new product this year, and lots more in the pipeline), and even Mercury probably has a pretty solid future. Ford is committed to this pair. They are stupid to keep Mercury, but they are making a very good attempt to revive the Lincoln line, and they should give it a few years to see if it works.
Pontiac and GMC? Both are in GM's long-term plan, and I'm dead certain that the feds will not allow GM to liquidate as they should. Expect the taxpayers to prop up this pair at least until 2020.
Chrysler and Dodge? Well, they should by all rights be gone by June, but I think the names will continue even if the products do not. The feds will help Fiat take over the brand names and the dealer network, and we will see some Fiats and Ram pick-ups sold under those names for the foreseeable future.
So except for the Hummer devotees, who may actually have to cry in their soup if none of the oil sheiks step up to rescue the brand, everyone's favorite brand is perfectly safe. Thanks Obama. :-|