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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…)

Milestones: Ford Capri, Volvo C70, GM China

by on May.05, 2009

Ford Capri
The Capri name has been in use since the earliest days at Ford.

The Capri name has been used longer than 40 years at Ford Motor Company.

The Ford Capri is celebrating  its 40th anniversary, depending on how you calculate the anniversary, since the name goes back to earlier years at the company. The last Capri ended production in 1986, but Capri lives on within many owners’ clubs who will be celebrating the anniversary with events planned from Scotland to the South West of the U.K. Fans are getting together at Castle Combe, Wiltshire (6 June), Grampian Transport Museum, Alford, Aberdeenshire (30 August), Ace Café in London (5 September) and Brooklands Museum, Surrey (26 September). 

The one we think they are celebrating.

The Capri that we think they are celebrating.

Launched in January 1969 and marketed as “the car you always promised yourself,” the Ford Capri was aimed at a style-conscious generation. In just 18 years the European answer to the Ford Mustang sold nearly two million units and achieved iconic status with its target audience. The car was briefly sold in the U.S. as a Mercury, until currency swings made the car too expensive, a pattern at Ford that repeated itself many times with cars such as the Merkur and Scorpio, and could once again with plans to import the Fiesta from Europe next year.

From the outset the Capri was a complicated offering, with a range consisting of 26 derivatives. A mix of engines – 1.3-, 1.6- and 2.0-liter four-cylinders, and a 3-liter V6 were available depending on the European market.

Ford Cologne-built Capri RS.

Ford Cologne-built Capri RS.

For the performance-oriented drivers there was the Cologne, Germany-built RS2600 and the short-lived Halewood, England-built 124 mph RS3100. In those days Ford had a 35% market share in the U.K. In 1974 the Mk II line, much simplified, was launched.

In 1978, the Mk III saw a freshening and several special editions, such as the Calypso and Laser, were added.

In 1981 Dunton’s newly-formed Special Vehicle Engineering department unveiled its first project, the 160 horsepower Capri 2.8 injection. The limited edition Capri 280, also known as the Brooklands Capri, signaled the end of the Capri era and the last car left the line in December 1986.

Volvo C70

50,000 Volvo C70 ConvertibleA sapphire black Volvo C70, number 50,000 of the second generation convertible, has been delivered to its German owner, Harald Kirschey from Olpe. The convertible had a D5 turbocharged diesel engine with 180 horsepower and automatic transmission, including Geartronic shifting.

The car, based on the Ford Focus architecture, was sold at the dealership Autohaus Mohag in Recklinghausen. Kirschey, 36, from the Sauerland region, works as a freelance programmer for CNC machinery.    (more…)