The death list: Cars that aren't coming back for 2013
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We said goodbye to a fair number of cars in 2012, including some that were one-time favorites and others that, frankly, we’re glad to see go. Some went out with a flourish, while others simple went gently into that good night of automotive oblivion.
The following is an obituary for 14 models that will be signing off in 2012 or 2013. Bow your head respectfully, and read on.
Proving that the wealthy can have an environmentally sensitive side, too, Tesla managed to sell every $100k-plus Roadster it built. Impractical as anything other than a sunny-day toy, the demise of the Lotus Elise in the U.S. signaled the end of Tesla Roadster production.
Chevrolet Avalanche / Cadillac Escalade EXT
Part truck, part SUV, the Chevy Avalanche helped to create the market for crew-cab pickup trucks. Ironically, the growth in crew-cab sales came at the expense of the Avalanche, which has seen declining sales in recent years. Whether or not the Cadillac Escalade EXT (a badge engineered Avalanche) was a success depends upon your perspective: it never sold in large quantities, but it did out-live the Lincoln Blackwood luxury pickup. Both models are going away in the 2013 model year.