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The emblems that went extinct: ten great cars that are no longer produced

2023-03-30T09:37:18.483Z


The change of era of the industry towards electric mobility marks the end of several classics. The automotive industry is not afraid of change and is constantly evolving, so the entry and exit of models and versions have been part of that game since day one. However, rarely in history has this process been as drastic as in recent months, with many high-profile models well-established in the culture of the world of four wheels saying goodbye for good . There is no doubt that these are times


The automotive industry is not afraid of change and is constantly evolving, so the entry and exit of models and versions have been part of that game since day one.

However, rarely in history has this process been as drastic as in recent months, with many high-profile models well-established in the culture of the world of four wheels

saying goodbye for good

.

There is no doubt that these are times of transition in the automotive world, from its radical transformation and at a high rate: electric cars are the future, and under this framework the manufacturers with the greatest weight have no regard for stopping production, even those models that They were around for decades.

Many of them were pioneers in their categories, for example, and others

directly shaped the image of the brands themselves.

These are the 10 cars that have become market icons and that these days are taking their

last steps before saying goodbye to dealers and their fans

, leaving behind a history full of recognition.

Audi TT

It was expected to happen in 2021, but finally the brand with the four rings is currently in the process of discontinuing both this model and the R8.

The 2014 Audi TTS at the 84th Geneva Motor Show.

EFE/Martial Trezzini

They do not have direct replacements, but they do leave room in the catalog for new electrical proposals to occupy, in keeping with the company's policy for the future.

The new Audi TT RS presented in Geneva in 2008.EFE/Uli Deck

chevrolet camaro

Along with the Ford Mustang, it is one of the quintessential American sports cars, a car that marked the entire industry for 57 years and that today, besieged by emission regulations –and added to sales that do not accompany as in other times– He decides to stop his march.

The latest Chevrolet Camaro.

The Camaro's V6 and V8 combustion engines are clearly not included in the plans of General Motors, which seeks to reach 2035 with a 100% electric catalog.

However, that does not necessarily mean a final goodbye: "Although today we are not announcing an immediate successor, rest assured that this will not be the end of the Camaro story," said Chevrolet vice president Scott Bell.

Camaro dynasty, with 57 years of history.

Dodge Challenger

The third American muscle car after the Mustang and the Camaro is also writing its last pages these days, and Dodge decided to fire it in a big way: its latest version will be the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon 170, a limited edition that will begin manufacturing in July for the United States. United States and Canada and that promises to become the most powerful American sports car in history, reaching no less than 1,039 CV.

Dodge Challenger SRT Demon 170, the last exponent.

Ford Eco Sport

It began its journey at the beginning of the century as a minivan format variant of the Ford Fiesta, but ended up marking its own path that meant a before and after for the entire industry in the region.

EcoSport, pioneer among SUVs.

The EcoSport was the kickoff of the small SUV segment, it climbed from South America to the rest of the world and, after more than 20 years and two generations, the Oval brand confirmed that it will stop producing it in Romania, the last place where it was followed. manufacturing.

In Europe and other markets, the Ecosport will be succeeded by the Puma.

Ford Fiesta

47 years have passed since its launch, and in that time more than 18 million units circulated on the streets of the entire planet: the Fiesta is an emblem of the brand and its second longest-lived model, only surpassed by the Transit.

The farewell to the Ford Fiesta, a resounding success for the Oval.

There were seven generations that always aimed to put on the market a product with a European spirit, compact and efficient.

In Latin America it ceased to be produced in 2019, within the framework of Ford

's restructuring

towards pickups and SUVs.

Thus, the last Fiesta will leave the production line of the Cologne factory, in Germany, curiously the same plant where its history began, back in 1976.

Ford Mondeo

Ford's third on this list is another heavyweight in its catalog that steps aside to make room for products that are more in line with current demand: that empty space left by the sedan –and that of the S-MAX and the Galaxy, with which it shared a platform and which were still manufactured in Europe – will be occupied by a crossover.

The last Ford Mondeo.

The only place where the Mondeo will remain in force is in China, where in 2021 Ford presented a new generation that did not see the light of day in the rest of the markets.

Ford Mondeo

jeep cherokee

In the midst of a shift in the industry towards products with at least a part of its motorization free of combustion, there are many models that have already acquired the nickname of legends that must say goodbye to dealers.

Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk.

Thus, almost half a century of history is withdrawn from the market with the decision of Stellantis to discontinue the Cherokee, a pioneer of the SUV segment that still does not have a replacement announced for the immediate future.

The first Cherokee, at the 1997 Geneva Motor Show.

toyota camry

The Japanese brand has already confirmed to its distributors in that country that this year will be the last of the production of its famous sedan, to which the numbers did not accompany it and it barely sold 6,000 units in the land of the rising sun in all of 2022.

The Camry Hybrid at the 2017 launch at the Tokyo Motor Show.

Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg

volkswagen goal

In Argentina it is no longer sold since the beginning of 2022, but now he also said goodbye to Brazil, the country that saw him born back in 1980.

Volkswagen Golf 2019

Immovable since those first days among the best sellers among small cars,

Volkswagen

 decided to give it cheers with a special edition, which celebrates the path traveled and which was presented with a curious advertisement in which the Brazilians laugh at the historic 7-1 that suffered against Germany in the 2014 World Cup.

Volkswagen Gol Top Gun, one of the remembered versions, from 2001.

volkswagen passat

First it withdrew from the US market and then, at the end of last year, VW confirmed the end of production of the Passat at its Emden plant in Germany.

Only its rural version, the Variant, will continue to leave the factory.

volkswagen passat

It is expected that in the course of the year the German house will announce the arrival of a 100% electric sedan to replace it, as part of the ID range and developed from the MEB modular platform.

The first Volkswagen Passat, hatchback version.

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