SANTA MONICA, Calif., Oct. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Much like vampires and zombies, car makes and models can easily go from being very much alive, to very dead ... then can come back to life again.
In honor of Halloween, TrueCar.com, the authority on new car pricing, trends and forecast, remembers the dearly departed makes, as well as those great models that came back from the dead.
"Many consumers have a strong emotional connection to a specific brand or model," said Brandy Schaffels, Content Manager for TrueCar.com. "This list reminds us not only of the great names that passed into automotive history; it allows us to celebrate some of those models that made a successful comeback."
With most of these makes disappearing from U.S. dealerships over the next year, it is the end of an era for many longtime nameplates, like Mercury and Pontiac.
R.I.P. (in no particular order):
- Mercury (Ford, 1939 – 2010)
- Saturn (GM, 1985 – 2010)
- Hummer (GM, 1992 – 2010)
- Pontiac (GM, 1926 – 2010)
- Ford Ranger (1983 – 2011)
Welcome Back (in no particular order):
- Ford Fiesta (1978 – 1980, resurrected in 2010)
- Chevrolet Camaro (1967 – 2002, resurrected in 2010)
- Dodge Challenger (1970 – 1974, resurrected in 2008)
- Ford Taurus (1986 – 2006, resurrected in 2010)
- Dodge Charger (1966 – 1978, 1983 – 1987, resurrected in 2006)
- Saab (1947 – present): Born from jets, nearly killed by debts; Saab was saved from our first list by owner sentiment and a great deal of money pledged by Dutch manufacturer Spyker Motors.
"The problem with many of these brands, particularly Mercury and Pontiac, was that the automaker just rebadged and restyled these vehicles," added Kristen Andersson, automotive analyst for TrueCar.com. "Several models that returned for 2010 had a historical connection or returned as interest in small cars and fuel-efficiency grew."
The following table illustrates current pricing for the five resurrected models:
4dr Sedan S
2dr Coupe LS
2dr Coupe SE
4dr Sedan SEL FWD
4dr Sedan RWD
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