May 26, 2006

Ten models dropped in 2006

Diamond Bar, California – Ten once-promising models have been dropped by automakers in 2006, according to the Specialty Equipment Marketing Association (SEMA), mostly due to poor sales. (Sales numbers given are for the U.S.)

SEMA reports that the discontinued vehicles are the Hummer H1, which sold only 374 versions in calendar year 2005; the Volkswagen Phaeton, with 3,000 sold since its 2003 introduction; the Porsche GT, with 1,270 in two and a half years; the Ford GT, whose Wixom, Michigan plant is closing; the Lincoln LS, which sold some 293,000 versions since 1999, but with 2005 sales of fewer than 20,000; the Pontiac GTO, a U.S.-only model, which had an annual goal of 18,000 but which only reached 13,569 in 2004, its best year; the Acura RSX, with decreasing sales; the Mazda MPV, which will be replaced by the 2007 CX-7; the Ford Taurus, America’s best-selling car from 1992 to 1996, which is being phased out due to the Five Hundred and Fusion; and the Honda Insight, with average sales of 55 cars per month, compared to the Toyota Prius at 9,000 per month.

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