Don’t look now but some old and familiar nameplates – perhaps one parked in your garage – won’t be around much longer.
Automakers plan to drop a number of models that aren’t cutting it over the next couple years, sometimes to bring in a renamed replacement but in many cases simply to abandon a market niche that isn’t generating enough sales to justify the cost of an update.
Among the many products that manufacturers plan to eliminate is the once-popular Chrysler Town & Country minivan. In fact, the Detroit maker has been steadily paring back its range of people-movers as sales slide and competition increases.
A dozen or more products will quietly vanish from the market over the next several months as industry assembly lines re-tool for the 2013 model-year. Among those also heading off to the automotive rust heap are: (more…)