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Like zombies, these dead cars still sell among the living

Car models come and go, but as revealed by monthly sales data, once a car is discontinued, it doesn't disappear instantly. And in the case of some models, vanishing into obscurity can be a slow, tedious process.

That's the case with the seven cars we have here. All of them have been discontinued, but car companies keep racking up "new" sales with them. There are actually quite a few cars discontinued, but we decided to focus only on models with the fewest sales this month, hopefully indicating they will be at rest soon. But we've only included cars that have sold at least one unit this month.

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2016 Honda CR-Z: 26 sales

First on our list is the poor maligned Honda CR-Z. It was supposed to herald the return of the CRX, and show that hybrids can be cool. But lackluster performance and fuel economy left no one satisfied. Even a supercharger and suspension upgrades couldn't turn things around for the car, leading it to be discontinued after the 2016 model year. Still, 26 unsold cars went to new, loving owners this month. So far this year, 624 CR-Zs have been sold.
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Chrysler Town & Country: 17 sales

The Chrysler Town & Country was quite an old vehicle when it was officially killed off in 2016. The basic van was introduced for the 2008 model year, and saw only refreshes until its conclusion eight years later. Still, some of those updates were helpful and kept the car at least somewhat competitive. Still, we're thankful Chrysler replaced it with the Pacifica, a superb van that is arguably the best in the segment. The 17 Town & Country vans Chrysler sold this month bring the year's total to 545.
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Scion tC: 8 sales

Like the Honda CR-Z, the Scion tC had sporty looks, but the driving experience never quite measured up, sacrificing sportiness for everyday usability. Rather than giving it a third generation, Toyota killed both it and the Scion brand in 2016. To commemorate the brand, the last special edition, Release Series 10.0, was created, seen above. Only 8 leftover coupes were sold this month, making up a meager 189 total for the year.
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Cadillac SRX: 5 sales

The final generation of the SRX lasted from the 2010 model year to 2016. It was a significant departure from its CTS-based predecessor, especially with the switch from being rear- or all-wheel-drive to front- or all-wheel-drive. It also lost the V8 option. But that turned the SRX's sales slump around, and the XT5 successor continues to use the same layout as the old crossover. The 5 SRX sales from this month bring the old Caddy's total sales for the year to 152.
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Cadillac ELR: 1 sale

The Cadillac ELR is dying as it lived, with really slow sales. The coupe came to market with a losing combination of economy car underpinnings and an extraordinarily high price. It was only sold for two model years, and the model had a hiatus between those years. Cadillac officially killed it in 2016, but someone still found one to buy this month. That person joins a small club of 17 people to buy one in 2017.
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Dodge Avenger: 1 sale

It was a close call which car would conclude this list, since both sold just one car this month. We decided to stick with consistency and let the car with the fewest sales for the year finish things out. But the Dodge Avenger has a bonus fact that just about put it over the top: It's been out of production longer than any other car on this list. The last model year for it was 2014. And shockingly, someone found one to buy this year, joining 11 others for the year. Just as shocking as someone finding an unsold Avenger is someone deciding to buy the mediocre sedan at all.
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Volvo S80: 1 sale

Concluding our list is the Volvo S80. The former flagship was discontinued in 2016. Although it once was available with both a V8 and an inline-6, the final year only presented turbocharged four-cylinder. The aging sedan was finally replaced by the beautiful and thoroughly modern S90. As with the ELR and Avenger, only one S80 was sold this month, but what pushed it to the ultimate position was its total sales this year: 6.
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