Have you ever taken the time to flick through a list of every car brand that has ever graced the planet?
To put it simply: There have been a *lot*. Wikipedia has a list broken down by country, with automakers from Angola to Uruguay, past to present. The U.S. alone has its own dedicated page of hundreds of current and former automakers.
There have been so many that only a small percentage exist today. Which of course begs the question: When we look back 50 years from now, which auto brands will exist only as entries in an online encyclopedia? We’ve already witnessed the demise in the last two years of more brands than kicked the bucket in the previous 30.
And I think there are a few more that would be better off dead or at least yanked from U.S. market.
Saab is the most obvious choice. The company relies on life support and simply can’t breathe on its own. Time to pull the plug.
The other Swedish automaker seems to have lost its relevance. The company has said it will discontinue its S40 sedan and V50 wagon models for 2012. This comes after the V70 wagon has already gone. A Volvo without any wagons isn’t a Volvo that should keep living.
Why does Honda need a luxury brand if all it produces are questionably designed vehicles that are out-classed and out-performed by the competition?
What other car brands should be put out to pasture?