With the fierce competition in the auto industry, it has become natural for car manufacturers to stop the production of particular models. Most of the time, the reason is simply the low sales figures for the model. Some models are considered a mistake not long after they are commenced, some get crossed off because of a technical issue, maybe the trend is shifting too fast. There are too many reasons for a model to be discontinued.
The halt in the production of some cars sometimes due to its wrong timing, not because of its nature. Some others, are just plain wrong. Those are the ones that will not be missed, and you'd know that the moment you take a look and make some simple comparisons.
Below, we at Naijauto.com have gathered not one but five models that would likely be forgotten after they have disappeared from the market:
1. Chrysler 200 2017
Even with the major redesign back in 2015, Chrysler still fell far behind other sedan models. Its tiny interior space, low-efficient standard engine and low reaction time are amongst reasons why consumers turned a cold shoulder.
Fiat decides to shift their attention to the more lucrative segments, SUVs and Pick-ups
The effort of trying to patch up the relationships with its customers by real wood interior parts, large roof window and a full-time 4-wheel drive system wasn't enough. The mother company, Fiat Chrysler saw a brighter future with SUV and pickup trucks
2. Jeep Patriot 2017
Atriot didn't benefit much from Fiat Chrysler's overhaul in the last decade. The model is designed to look like the original Jeep Cherokee but without the ability to go off-road. Throughout its life cycle, this compact SUV is only an average vehicle, with unimpressive responsiveness with slow and noisy 4-wheel drive versions. The car seat system is also inferior and so the driver often finds it hard to get to a good driving position.
The introduction of the Patriot after the already successful Cherokee is a miscalculation
Though the 2017 version has improved a lot with its smooth driving sensation and decent sound insulating feature. It's just not enough. Also, anyone who ever thought of buying a Patriot would probably go for a Cherokee instead.
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3. Lexus CT 200h 2017
The market still needs a model that is both fuel efficient and versatile. CT 200h is the second Lexus model to try to meet those criteria, but like the "predecessor" of HS, it still couldn't meet its prospect customers' expectations. It is true that the 2017 Lexus CT 200h has an impressive fuel consumption of 5.9 liters/100 km and the price is quite affordable (only around N10 million). However, if you expect to travel in grand style with this price tag, you would be disappointed.
Nothing good comes cheap, remember?
With a rigid steering feel, extremely tight and noisy interior, this rather stylish, eco-friendly hatchback is still considered too "expensive". The stylish design was a plus point that helps Lexus CT 200h 2017 look more sporty, but unfortunately that the ability to respond and accelerate cannot match the image it broadcasted. Other annoying points including limited rear visibility, uncomfortable rear seats, and a rigid mouse button tweak.
Will it be replaced? The answer is yes. Lexus will introduce a new small UX crossover in 2019, which can fill the gap left by 2017 CT 200h.
4. Mitsubishi Lancer 2017
Though advertised to be better than the previous version, the Mitsubishi Lancer 2017 still belongs to the C-size segment. The handling in the new Lancer adds a sporty feel to the driver, but at the same time rigidity. The engine is reported to be too low and the brake system is less than expected. Also, the interior looks cheap and incongruous to the overall look of the car.
The perceived segment of Mitsubishi is still C-segment despite all the recent upgrades
Cheap and uneven plastic panels are prevalent in the car interior. The doors, as well as the trunk lid, create an unstable feel with the closing movement, the seat covers are too standard and the seat adjustment handles are fragile. Later updates and changes later are not likely to improve the situation.
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5. Mitsubishi i-MiEV
The Mitsubishi i-MiEV was amongst of the first fully electric cars sold to the public. However, in terms of comfort and performance, one might as well say this is just an encased, luxury version of a golf car. Mitsubishi i-MiEV is a very small car with unstable and rugged driving sensation. Its narrow interior space, marginal travel distance and ridiculously long charging time make the car much less attractive to the prospective customers.
This car will go down as the first compact, electric car ever produced
To be fair, Mitsubishi i-MiEV has done a great job as a fuel efficient, practical mini-compact car. However, these advantages are not enough to offset its shortcomings. Actually, it's considered a victory for Mitsubishi that some of these models made its way out of the auto.
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