One of the reasons why we have such an amazing selection of vehicles today is the fallen vehicles that paved the way for better performance, design, and reliability.
Many times, however, some great cars take the fall due to slow sales or brand changes. In this list, we'll take a look at five of those cars that have been discontinued between the 2014 and 2015 model years.
If you're looking for a new car in Orlando, this might be your last opportunity to pick one of these up brand new.
Note: Previous reports of the Dodge Durango and Dodge Grand Caravan being discontinued have yet to be officially verified.
After McLaren announced its plans for the 650S, which is essentially a slightly-upgraded 12C, orders for the 12C quickly began to tank. The 650S uses 75 perfect of the same parts as the 12C, but does feature better, P1-like styling.
Then again, it is also priced $35,000 higher than the 12C.
At the end of the day, the 12C was a great car. The only problem is, the market for supercars is extremely competitive and it takes a lot more to win buyers over today than it used to ten or twenty years ago.
While it would have been nice if McLaren had lowered the price of the 12C and offered it alongside the 650S, the company isn't interested in leaving what it feels is an inferior product on the market. It wants its buyers to have only the absolute best of the best to choose from.
In 2015, wagons are a little out of place. Lacking the storage space and ground clearance of an SUV, they've all but been forced out of the market in favor of lower priced crossovers and mid-size SUVs.
One of the few performance wagons left on the market, and the last available from any American brand, was the CTS-V.
Unfortunately for it, niche appeal and killer "cool factor" can't save an underperforming vehicle from the chopping block, as GM discontinued the CTS-V wagon after the 2014 model year.
It's really sad to see the FJ Cruiser leave Toyota's lineup. Toyota makes really amazing vehicles, but they're not the most exciting cars on the road. With the FJ Cruiser, Toyota had something truly cool.
Sure, it was huge and came at a high price, but it had unique styling and absolutely insane resale value.
This is easily one of the biggest losses for car enthusiasts in this last round of discontinued models.
The SS has always been a sleeper sedan, which means it's an extremely high performing car that doesn't look like an extremely high performing car. While that's appealing to a very small crowd, the SS never caught on except amongst enthusiasts and journalists.
With a price tag that starts at $45,745, many buyers likely opted to upgrade to a luxury model due to the premium price tag. So despite its insane 6.2-liter V8, 415 hp, and 0-60 time of 4.7 seconds, the SS seemed to be either too much or too little car for the intended buyer.
It's always sad to see beautiful cars being discontinued, but the XK really hits close to home for those with a love for understated, yet overstated British sports cars.
"We have other things that we need to spend our time and money on," was the reasoning a Jaguar executive gave Automotive News.
On the market since 2006, this two-seater has always been an underachiever compared to its competition, and yet it's still loved by most, if not all car enthusiasts.