Special Report

9 Cars That Disappeared in 2014

6. Scion xD
> Segment: Subcompact hatchback
> 2014 sales: 7,377
> 2013 sales: 9,005
> Starting MSRP: $16,690

Rumors of the demise of various Scion models have been around for years. Last July, Automotive News wrote that Scion could replace its xB and kill off its xD model and suggested that readers “expect euthanasia by the end of 2014” for the Scion iQ. According to Nancy Hubbell, communications manager for Scion, “There is no 2015 xD and we are selling down our 2014 vehicles. We haven’t made any announcements on the discontinuation of other Scion models.” However, other models may still be on the chopping block considering that Scion, which has struggled to build out a market for its cars, recently announced it would launch three new models in the coming years.

7. Nissan Cube
> Segment: Compact hatchback
> 2014 sales: 3,785
> 2013 sales: 5,461
> Starting MSRP: $16,900

When Nissan unveiled its car lineup for the 2015 model year, the Cube was omitted, quietly signalling the end of one of America’s most unconventional cars. The Cube takes its name from its box-like shape. It features both an asymmetrical rear window that wraps around the right side of the car as well as, what Nissan calls, a “refrigerator-style rear door.” However, the death of the model is unlikely to hurt Nissan too badly. The automaker sold just 5,461 units in 2013 and just 3,785 last year, hardly significant for a manufacturer with almost 1.4 million cars sold in the United States in 2014.

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8. Honda Insight
> Segment: Hybrid hatchback
> 2014 sales: 3,965
> 2013 sales: 4,802
> Starting MSRP: $18,725

Last year, Honda opted to end production of the Insight, a relatively weak-selling hybrid that competed against the better-selling Toyota Prius. Insight sales totalled 4,802 units in 2013 and 3,965 units in 2014, versus Prius sales of 234,228 units and 207,372 units during those same years. However, there may still be a future for the Insight. Honda killed off the model before, in 2006, only to bring it back a few years later. One problem for the Insight may be the recent drop in gas prices, which could convince many car buyers to reconsider buying a more expensive hybrid, and may halt any plans to bring the brand back again.

9. Acura ILX Hybrid
> Segment: Hybrid compact sedan
> 2014 sales: 379
> 2013 sales: 1,461
> Starting MSRP: $35,495

Last July, Acura told Autoblog that it would discontinue the ILX Hybrid in the United States. Acura said to the publication, “[W]e are streamlining the ILX lineup to better align with customer demand.” Demand for the car was quite poor in recent years. Acura sold fewer than 1,500 ILX Hybrids in 2013, a figure that dropped to just 379 last year. Sales of the Honda Civic Hybrid, on which the ILX is based, were somewhat better, at more than 7,700 units and more than 5,000 units in the preceding two years, respectively. However, hybrid sales for both models were still paltry when compared to total sales for non-hybrid versions of each model.

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