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23The cars that won't live to see 2015 [w/video] [UPDATE]

Every year in the fast-paced automotive industry brings new models, but it also spells the end for some that have been less successful. This year will be no exception.

Add2014 Chevy Malibu hybrid cancelled as four-banger improves fuel efficiency

D'oh! General Motors will discontinue the 2014 model-year Chevrolet Malibu Eco hybrid because of the improved fuel efficiency of the Chevy Malibu's new four-cylinder engine, Fox News says. The culprit, if you want to call it that, is the new stop-start system that shuts down the four-banger when the car is not moving. The result is that the base gas-powered Malibu gets 25 miles per gallon city and 36 mpg highway - the same fuel efficiency as the Malibu hybrid. Meanwhile, the four-cylinder versio

29Toyota, Hyundai refute report of discontinued models

2010 Toyota Matrix – Click above for high-res image gallery

20Entourage dead, Hyundai says no to badge engineering

When Hyundai dealers complained about not having a minivan in 2006, the automaker reached into the corporate pool and re-badged the Kia Sedona, turning into the Entourage. The timing was poor, as minivan sales plummeted across the board. Last year, sales were down 50% on the Entourage to just 8,400 units (Kia sold 27,000 Sedonas in the same period). It was a brutal lesson, but Hyundai's U.S. CEO John Krafcik says the company learned "why you don't do badge engineering." Needless to say, the plug

23RIP: MazdaSpeed6 and Mazda6 Sport Wagon killed off for '08

click above image for high-res pics of the 2007 MazdaSpeed6

18RIP: Buick Rainier

As General Motors refines the future of their brands, they're trimming out redundancy and we have a hard time coming up with a more redundant vehicle than the multitude of GMT 360 based 'utes across all the GM brands.

31RIP: Ford Focus Wagon

While you may be able to successfully argue that station wagons have made a comeback thanks to such hipster sleds as the Dodge Magnum and SUV-inspired Outbacks from Subaru, the love hasn't spread to the Ford Focus Wagon, which has always been the black sheep of the Focus lineup holding down around 8% of the small car's sales. Thus, Ford announced on its fleet website that it will be discontinuing the Focus Wagon in December. While Ford is actually increasing Focus production as a whole to meet t

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