It would appear that you won’t be seeing any of these cars after the end of the year (not in new-car showrooms, that is).
None of the deletions are particularly shocking — they’re either dated or else never caught on, for whatever reason.
The only one I feel sorry about is the SmartForTwo, and that only for sentimental reasons: had I continued to live in downtown Chicago, there is absolutely no question that I would have bought one, for its parking advantages if no other.
I know that a couple of you will pine for the Dodge Viper — Jeremy Clarkson, for one, will no doubt go into mourning — but while a lot of people may have liked the Viper, it was never enough for them to actually buy one. Ditto the Chevy (Holden) SS. Hence their passing.
As for the other 14 cars on the list… [shrug]. Ugly, dated, boring and superfluous: it’s frankly amazing that they lasted as long as they did. And the less said about the execrable Mercedes B-class (“no-class”, actually), the better.