If you’ve been a fan of the automobile world for at least a decade, then you have the right to say something like “Man, back in the day we had REAL cars. They don’t make them like that anymore” and deserve a round of applauds if you’re taking to a bunch of old gearheads like yourself. Hey, I’m just like that, even though I’m not even 40 years old yet. In the last 10 years or so the industry has changed a lot, but we still got our fair share of great cars. The market is actually quite crowded with awesome models and don’t you think for a second that the good days are behind us – they’re ahead of us, trust me on that. On the other hand, while the iconic American nameplates like the Camaro or the Mustang have been with us from the get go and legends like the Acura (Honda) NSX and the Lincoln Continental are slated for future releases, there still are a lot of models that got lost in the tide and were forgotten. Regardless, we need them today like never before. I’m talking about the greatest discontinued cars that need to make a comeback, ladies and gentlemen, and the following list will bring a lot of memories back for you and maybe even make you nostalgic.
The Perfect Time To Return Home
Ok, now that I’ve officially warned you that tears might be coming down your cheeks, let me elaborate a bit on the subject: Today, in 2016, cars are safer than ever. We’ve got all kinds of mighty organizations like the IIHS pushing the boundaries further and further and with equipment like blind-spot monitoring, lane departure warning and cross traffic alert safety has never been stronger. Plus, with the current state of the economy we’ve got super-cheap gas, affordable mighty engines, and with the hybrids and electric vehicles on the streets of America It’s safe to say that we’re living in one of the most exciting times in history of automaking. Still, in the past we had supercars, sporty cars and SUVs that left a bit of a gap in the market and if they made a comeback in the future (with all the modern technological features and safety equipment, of course), they’ll be welcome guests. So, let’s take a look at the greatest discontinued cars that need to make a comeback. I’m sure you’ll recognize one of two models from the list and maybe even used to own one back in the day.
#1 – The Ford Ranger
Ford has been the king of full-size pick-ups for as long as I can remember, and the F-150 series trucks are long-time best-sellers here in the United States. However, these last 10+ years the market of mid-size trucks was dominated by Toyota’s legendary Tacoma, and the Blue Oval Brand could never roll out a strong competitor. But that hasn’t always been the case: For almost 3 decades Ford’s Ranger has been shaping up the segment, defining it, making it mainstream. You had that rough, rugged simplicity that the fans of camping really love, a simple, yet practical interior and impressive hauling capacity. I’m not really sure why the company decided to let go of this golden pony, but I DO know that if they were to reintroduce it in, say, 2017, that loyal fan-base that still remembers what it feels like to ride in a real bare-bones truck will be eternally grateful. And that makes it one of the greatest discontinued cars that need to make a comeback. Besides, today the market is getting heavily crowded, with General Motors making a move on Toyota with the brand-new GMC Canyon and Chevy Colorado. And if Ford joins the game the competition will be fiercer than ever!
#2 – The Cadillac CTS-V Wagon
To tell you the truth, the market of high-performance wagons was never really successful in the States; however, for a short period of time, it seemed like they had a chance of scoring big. I mean, you had the Mercedes-Benz AMG E63 S Wagon that was pumping out 577 Horsepower (aha, much like a sports car would), the Dodge Magnum SRT8 with impressive hauling capabilities and, of course, the Cadillac CTS-V Wagon, also a mighty beast with 556HP. So, with all that talent available at the dealerships one could think that it was time to switch to a wagon – permanently. Today we only have the AMG E63 S Wagon available, but some of us still remember what the Caddy vehicle was capable of. It was the first official wagon from the luxury brand and something to look up to. It was definitely an unexpected release from Cadillac and helped “promote” the V series like no other model could. Now, with the brand-new CTS-V sedan hitting the market later this year with 640 ponies under the hood I just can’t stop thinking about how that powertrain would fit in an all-new CTS-V Wagon.
The Greatest Discontinued Cars That Need To Make A Comeback – #3, The Mazda RX-7
The Japanese manufacturers have a unique sense of style when it comes to sports cars, and back in the 90s they used to rule the show. You had Toyota, Nissan, Mitsubishi, and well, Mazda. And even though the 3rd gen of this gorgeous baby couldn’t melt the hearts of the customers the first time around and was discontinued here in America in ’95, over the years the fans of gorgeous sprinters started to appreciate what Mazda achieved with the RX-7. And pretty soon it turned into a legend, one of the most wanted sports cars of the 90s and the 00s. The next one in line, the RX-8 was in production from 2004 to 2012 and had its strong sides, including great handling, a mighty rotary engine, awesome looks and a nice interior, but it also had tons of hideous reliability flaws and it never got the same attention from the public as the RX-7 did. Now, despite the fact that Mazda has one of the strongest line-ups on the market in 2016, I would very much like the company to reintroduce the RX-7 and once again make some big-time buzz in the segment of sports cars. They already did it once, so…Of all the greatest discontinued cars that need to make a comeback this one is my favorite.
#4 – The Nissan Pulsar NX
Now, I don’t even think that most of you know about this one – let alone remember it – but 2016 (or 2017, I’m not picky) seems to me like the perfect time to get back this modular car back into the game. The Pulsar NX was constructed upon the average Nissan Sentra, but boasted a nice and cozy coupe body that promised practicality, utility and a lot more fun behind the wheel and on those back seats. Still, its biggest selling point was the modular body: the hatchback and the roof were removable, so, you could just as easily turn it into a convertible/pick-up truck or keep it a coupe/station wagon. Crazy, huh? In the last couple of years Nissan has proven to be one of the leaders in the segment of compact cars (you love the Juke, don’t you?), so, I think it would be a great idea to bring the Pulsar NX back from the dead and – once again – put it in the spotlight. You may say that the industry is already full of awesome compacts and nobody would pay attention to the old-timer, and you’ll have a point. However, it would never hurt to get yet another practical, cute and family-friendly model, am I right? The Pulsar NX was discontinued in the 90s, but it can still shine today.
The Greatest Discontinued Cars That Need To Make A Comeback – #5, The Honda S2000
Honda’s S2000 and Mazda’s Miata have been dominating the segment of sporty compact 2-seaters for as long as I can remember, which shows us that the Japanese are good for practically everything when it comes to sports cars. The Honda zinger was introduced in 2000 (yep, hence the name) and packed a 2.0-lit 4-cylinder engine that was good for 240HP. In case you’re wondering, that was like the mightiest powertrain in the world of compact sprinters! The S2000 was a 100% driver’s car and in 2004 the company made it even better when the 2.2-lit VTEC became available. So, you can see now why I put this beautiful thing in the list of the greatest discontinued cars that need to make a comeback: because IT IS that – one of the greatest out there – and I would very much like to see the next gen hitting the showrooms sometime in the nearest future. The seeds are there, as the recent S600 roadster that’s only available in Japan is doing great and shows that the US market could very well use a Honda sprinter. Sure, we have the redesigned Mazda Miata roaming the American streets, but it would look even greater with the new S2000 right next to it, fighting for the pedestal. Alright, that’s it for my Christmas wishes, folks! Take care, drive safe, appreciate the classics and share your thoughts and predictions in the comments!
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