The cars that time forgot – Part 2
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An attempt to have a compact Volvo to rival the Audi A3. The car was only offered in a 3-door version at a time consumers started to move to 5-doors. Despite its aggressive design, the baby Volvo did not find a decent place in the market. The more rational Volvo V40 5-door took its place in 2012.
Volkswagen needed a proper MPV for North America. The easiest and fastest way of getting it was through an agreement with someone who had the knowhow. Chrysler would produce it based on the popular Town & Country. The Volkswagen never shined as its Chrysler twin. Volkswagen doesn’t sell MPVs in USA anymore.
The Citroen C-Crosser wasn’t the only failed SUV in PSA house. The Peugeot 4007, which was also based on the Mitsubishi Outlander, struggled to find clients topping 12,000 units during its first full year in the market.
It was the cheap version of the Audi A4. The Exeo aimed to give Seat a place in the midsize segment using the (old) knowhow of Audi. Seat joined a segment that is still expelling mainstream brands and leaving the remaining small market to premiums. It is probably the last big Seat sedan we will see.
An elegant compact with a midsize’s interior roominess. When the Delta was launched, Lancia was in a comfortable position within the Fiat Group, at a time when the European market was heading to its crisis years. The Delta was not either a premium nor a mainstream compact car. It was the last Lancia made-in-Italy.
Mini has also struggled in the recent years. The Paceman was supposed to become the brand’s “cool SUV” featuring only 3-doors, based on the Countryman. But the experiment did not end well, with very disappointing sales that forced the brand to axe this nameplate when the second generation Countryman was presented in 2016.
It was a hybrid alternative that was supposed to succeed as the Toyota Prius. Unlike the Toyota, the Honda CR-Z featured a more sporty look with only 3-doors. And that was its main problem: 3-doors. The car was launched at a time consumers of this segment started to move to the 5-doors versions.
Jaguar sold more than 70,000 units of its first midsize sedan X-Type in 2002. But soon things started to get complicated for this model. The X-Type’s sharing of a modified Ford Mondeo platform wasn’t well received by Jaguar “purists.