In this life, nothing lasts forever. People come, people go. Cars come, cars go. That’s just the way it is. The world is all about changes – new faces, new developments, new tech, new opportunities, and new mountains to climb. It’s safe to say that we love everything that’s fresh and exciting and always cheer for new arrivals. That’s what the whole global economy is based on, not only the automobile industry: we buy the hot stuff that’s new on the spot and that’s how the market keeps getting bigger and bigger. The evolution in the world of cars is truly amazing and today we’ve got super reliable, durable, safe and comfy models that cost up almost nothing. However, on the other hand of the tide, we also like to get sentimental and nostalgic from time to time, and sometimes it’s pretty hard to let go of a certain amazing model simply because it’s slated for production cease. It’s 2016 on the calendar, folks, and I wanna tell y’all about 6 cars you won’t be able to purchase next year.
A Legend Stays A Legend, An Icon Stays An Icon
This is a closed circle, but there are a few iconic (or just great) cars that still have customer love and support even after being around for 10 to 15 years on the ever-growing and ever-changing market. And while the community is used to paying only for the latest trends in the industry, when a legendary automobile “passes”, the magic dies along with it. So, this time around we’ll take a look at a bunch of pretty awesome vehicles that will say their final goodbyes after the 2016 model year. Every brand has its own reason for stopping production, and we – the fans – can only shed a few of those nostalgic tears, fix ourselves a drink (coffee, tea – it doesn’t have to be alcohol) and reminisce of the old days. The following list of 6 cars you won’t be able to purchase next year might not include your favorite rides, but it’s more of a subjective line-up, so, bear with me. Alright, let’s see who the Ultimate Heavenly Garage will house in 2017 after they leave the Earth and drive directly into the sky.
#1 – The Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X
If you’re a fan of street racing, all kinds of cool movies like the Fast & Furious franchise and the racing video games like Need For Speed, then the Lancer Evo X is your childhood’s best friend from the other side of the screen. And despite the fact that it might be the oldest entry in my list, I bet it’s also going to be missed heavily, because of the heritage, so to speak. For a decade the Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X has been a low-budget (well, maybe not so “low”, after all) AWD (all-wheel drive) sedan of choice for the middle-class folks. Furthermore, it also used to be quite the champ and could beat Lambo in a rally circuit without even breaking a sweat. However, all good things come to an end, and, as the Evo X has been on the market since 2008, it’s set out to get cut from production without any decent successors on the horizon. The Japanese manufacturer is all about consolidating the line-up, so, I guess there’s no place for a legend there. Thankfully, there are a few left out there for the fans to enjoy.
6 Cars You Won’t Be Able To Purchase Next Year – #2, The Jeep Compass
The Compass was released back when Jeep was going through some tough times (both financially and mentally) and, in a way, was intended to be the company’s saver. Now, despite the fact that it was a mid-size crossover SUV, it couldn’t really make you feel like the king (or the queen; the princess :)) of off-roading, which was a first for Jeep. Furthermore, it didn’t behave any better in city blocks, either, so, in terms of engineering, it was quite close to a failure. Still, the Compass, along with the friendly Patriot, became a strong profiteer and a mighty seller. In 2011 the SUV went through a serious facelift, but that couldn’t really solve all of its problems, you know? Besides, today Jeep is one of the most respected majors in the industry and the best-seller in FCA’s line-up, so, leaving the somewhat outdated Compass on the border seems like the right move. Of the 6 cars you won’t be able to purchase next year the Jeep Compass is probably the one that you won’t regret not seeing anymore.
#3 – The Scion xB
The xB was called outdated almost a decade ago – in 2007. That’s when Scion decided to go with a more up-to-date, “American” look, as opposed to the distinctively Japanese design and styling of the previous generation. However, the second gen could never achieve impressive sales like the first one: in 2006 the old edition of the Scion xB managed to sell 61K units, which is quite impressive for a subcompact car of that period. Today, 10 years later, the experts predict it to move less than 15K. Well, what can I say – time changes everything, and in 2016 the old concepts simply don’t work anymore. Besides, Scion has the brand-new iA and iM at the world-wide dealerships selling solid numbers, so, the xB can rest in peace, if you know what I mean. Oh, and yes, along with the Jeep Compass we just talked about, this tinny-tiny fella is the second no-regrets-at-all model of the 6 cars you won’t be able to purchase next year. There’s always a Scion on the market, so, it’s all good.
#4 – The Volvo S80
For those of you who’s in the dark, Volvo is a Swedish multinational automobile manufacturer that’s been around for 89 years – since 1927. And the S80 sedan is definitely one of the most outdated cars on the market right now: the most “recent” redesign happened in 2007 (that’s nine years ago, folks!), and since then the team behind it never really introduced anything new (no updates, no upgrades, no fixes – nothing). So, with that kind of dinosaur status, the S80 is finally set out to leave for the Ultimate Garage we talked about in the beginning. The brand-new, built from the ground-up successor, the S90, will be Volvo’s new heavy-weight fighter on the market. Hey, if you, for some unknown reason, still want to purchase and cherish the S80, you have until the end of 2016, so, you better hurry it up. Who knows, maybe a few decades later this old-timer will be worth hundreds of thousands, if not millions! Either way, some folks just love everything weird and old, so, no pressure here.
6 Cars You Won’t Be Able To Purchase Next Year – #5, The Nissan XTerra
There’s a certain group of people who love off-roading, adventures and driving, camping and pretty much living in the wild who, for some reason, never pick Toyota as their wingman on the next journey. And for these folks the Nissan XTerra is the perfect pick, a solid alternative to the class-leader. Nissan has a lot of experience in the segment of off-road-ready SUVs and this particular model was built with one purpose and one purpose only: to beat the “friendly” Japanese major – Toyota and their FJ. Unfortunately, the FJ already left us (aha, the production was officially stopped), and the XTerra is set to follow its greatest rival. So, you see what’s happening, right? One second we had two awesome off-roaders fighting for the pedestal, and the next we’re left with pretty much nothing. Well, what can I say – the XTerra will most certainly be missed and, for me, it’s definitely sad to see it in the list of 6 cars you won’t be able to purchase next year. After the 2015 model’s course is done, so is the SUV.
#6 – The Mini Cooper Coupe
When it comes to Mini, the line-up is so rich that you can’t really get the difference between the various models at first. And while there is certainly a big segment for every last one of them, the Cooper Coupe has always been some kind of an outsider, an extra set of legs for the steel horse, if I may. It was practically the same as the Hardtop, but with less flexibility and versatility. It wasn’t faster, more fuel-efficient, better in handling or more comfortable. No, it was just another car for those unique customers who didn’t like the traditional Mini Hardtop. It was available in all kinds of versions (a convertible included), but in 2017 production will be ceased, as Mini has some great plans for next year. And that concludes my list of 6 cars you won’t be able to purchase next year. As sad as it might be to let go of the Lancer Evo X or the Nissan XTerra, everything in this life has its own lifespan, so, when it’s time, it’s time. Besides, with all things considered, I bet the majors in the industry are cooking up something great right now and we’ll get even better cars in the future. Enjoy the good stuff while it’s there, appreciate exceptional automobiles and don’t forget to comment!
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