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Say Farewell As These Models Drive Off into the Sunset

But some just might return.

by on Dec.23, 2013

The Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet is leaving almost as quickly as it arrived. The little-purchased Nissan is getting cut from the maker's lineup.

As the year draws to a close you’ll likely see more than a few lists of the famous names who have moved on, as they say, to a “better place.” But what about those automotive models that have also moved on to the junkyard in the sky?

There are more models on the market than ever these days, manufacturers racing to fill every possible “white space” before the competition does. But that means, more than occasionally, that the industry comes up with some clunkers, like the misbegotten Acura ZDX hatchback and the Nissan Murano CrossTour. The latter, a cross between an SUV and convertible, will live on – at least for now – though the Acura will likely soon be not only gone but forgotten.

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For those who may be sad to see the offerings on this list vanish, don’t give up hope. Occasionally, products that met an early demise will make a return. The Chevrolet Camaro not only experienced reincarnation, but has dominated its long-time foe the Ford Mustang since its return. The Acura NSX should be back in production form by early in 2015. And while Honda will pull the plug on the Ridgeline pickup at the end of the 2014 model-year, look for an all-new version to return to the line-up by 2016, the maker says. (more…)

GM Says Vibe Brakes Stop Unintended Acceleration

Playing the “Audi" card, the distributor of a Toyota-designed vehicle, says step on the brakes, if your throttle sticks.

by on Feb.01, 2010

This is the same defense originally put forth by Audi decades ago for the same issue.

General Motors Company has tested two Pontiac Vibe models this past Saturday at the Milford Proving Grounds in Michigan after several customers complained of sticking accelerator pedals, and found the brakes stop the vehicle in case of “unintended acceleration.”

“We ran the Vibe wide open at 60 miles an hour and the brakes were able to bring the vehicle to a safe stop within 169 meters, consistent with our internal requirement for brake performance,” said Martin Hogan, GM director of brake systems.

It is the same defense originally put forth by Audi, with little positive effect, decades ago when unintended acceleration allegations were widely publicized by television newscasts.

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The 2009-10 Pontiac Vibe shares the basic platform of  the Toyota Matrix crossover,and is as a result included in two the Toyota recalls related to unintended acceleration – one for sticking accelerator pedals and one for possible floor mat entrapment.   (more…)