Here are a look at some of the most significant, and interesting, vehicles that will be dropped after this year:
Lexus IS F
The Lexus IS F looks surprisingly tame for a car that delivers 416 horsepower from a powerful V8 engine. Competing squarely against more well-known rivals such as the BMW M3, its underdog status may be part of the reason it is saying farewell after 2013. The car’s limited interior space and confusing controls likely didn’t help. Sales of the high-performance Lexus only reached 486 units last year. Still, drivers who want to get their hands on the last of the IS F models will enjoy its delightful acceleration, advanced features, and tight cornering and turning.
General Motors warned us last year that the Avalanche was on its way out. Rather than mourn its loss, the automaker celebrated its life with a special edition Black Diamond Avalanche. But sadly this is the final hurrah for the spunky sport utility truck. Originally introduced in 2001, the Avalanche quickly became popular due to its innovative design and versatility. In 2003, sales topped 93,480. But as other automakers were beginning to introduce crew cabs, the Avalanche lost popularity.
Mustang Boss 302
This car will be missed the most after 2013.
The original Mustang Boss was built in 1969 and 1970. When revived over four decades later, it was only scheduled for a two-year run, which ends this year. This exceptional 444-horsepower goliath will be remembered. For 2013, the Mustang Boss 302 receives a Track App that allows drivers to monitor 0-60 times, quarter-mile acceleration, braking, and g-forces.
Is it a crossover, coupe, or wagon? Americans couldn’t tell, and sales suffered. For its last year, the Acura ZDX will be offered in one configuration. However, buyers will get a great deal as Acura loaded up this year’s ZDX with a ton of standard features. A ten-speaker sound system, eight-inch display, rearview camera, and heated/ventilated front seats are complementary on this one-of-a-kind vehicle.
Volkswagen just announced that its Routan minivan would be phased out this year. According to Jonathan Browning, the head of Volkswagen of America, the demise of the Routan can be blamed on the declining popularity of minivans in favor of more modern crossovers and SUVs. Sales of the Routan dropped 16 percent last year in the diminishing minivan segment, which is now dominated by Chrysler. But sales have never been particularly good for the Routan with only 57,650 units sold since its introduction in 2008.
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