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Dead Pool 2014
American Spectator, by Eric Peters

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Posted By:MissMolly, 12/6/2013 6:20:28 AM

I keep reading stories about how healthy the car industry is. If that’s true, how come so many car brands have croaked recently? Since ’08 at least seven have gone wheels up: Saab, Saturn, Suzuki, Mercury, Pontiac, Isuzu, and Hummer. That’s more dead brands in the space of six years than kicked the bucket during the 30 years prior. And I suspect it’s not over yet. There are several brands — some of them big names — looking a bit green around the gills lately. It would not surprise me to see any of the following go for that ride

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Judith, 12/6/2013 6:39:44 AM     (No. 9642483)

I was just telling my husband I haven´t seen any saabs around, recently, and they were very prevalent in the past. I miss pontiac, my brothers and son had pontiacs and they were fine automobiles (gran dam and grand prix). There are a lot of bmw and mercedes and priux and old toyotas. Strange new world.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Maitaisoo, 12/6/2013 7:17:54 AM     (No. 9642519)

He didn´t mention Oldsmobile . The last 442 in 2007 was one of my favorites.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: MOBeef4u, 12/6/2013 7:33:05 AM     (No. 9642538)

A number of these brands were simply cosmetic variations of other makes, like Oldsmobile and Pontiac. Then with all the new entries into the market, a winnowing process should hardly be surprising.
I just can´t get over how homogeneous most brands are. You can´t tell by looks which brand you´re looking at; with a few notable exceptions like the Camaro, Mustang, Charger, et al; which ironically harken back to a time when cars were much more distinctive.


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Reply 4 - Posted by: Time4AR2, 12/6/2013 8:28:58 AM     (No. 9642624)

Re #3, CAFE rules will result in all cars looking the same, as the laws of physics and aerodynamics cannot be changed.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Periwinkel, 12/6/2013 8:29:58 AM     (No. 9642627)

Wasn´t GM instructed by Obama´s car czar to get rid of Pontiac and Hummer (Saturn, too) as part of giving that once great car company to the UAW?

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Hugh Akston, 12/6/2013 8:40:15 AM     (No. 9642645)

As #4 says, the primary design consideration/factor is the wind tunnel, not the creative minds of artists and designers, hence, all the mass-market "bubble cars" that make one hard to tell apart from the others short of the corporate design signatures - grill, window sweep, hood ornament, blah, blah.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: bigfatslob, 12/6/2013 8:44:16 AM     (No. 9642648)

I don´t purchase cars too often and study the market when I do.
My wife´s company makes her rent cars to travel which is really nice to see what new models exist. I can tell you some should go by the wayside sooner than later. Some car companies have no imagination and just turn out the next best name but the car is a ´stinker´. Like our president.
I refuse to buy an overpriced lemon from GM now that Obama and the UAW own/run it besides they still owe the taxpayers and they haven´t met their debt.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Brittany, 12/6/2013 10:55:47 AM     (No. 9642874)

As the owner (consecutively for 10 years) of two Honda Civics, I appreciate their styling and refusal to bow to every new-fangled trend (I´m 6 days short of 80). In fact, the latest Honda EX on the market has some extra gizmos that suggest I may drop to the LX since it has all the needed good improvements and lacks at least one rather confusing novelty of the EX. Of course at my age, driving less long distances and at night, I´ll drive my present one into the ground unless an accident or big repairs intervene. And the service is great and quick.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: jacooley, 12/8/2013 11:15:33 AM     (No. 9645354)

I miss the Saturn brand. We owned a couple of them and a friend still drives one of our old ones. It just keeps piling up more miles.

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