If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it – and those are the words that ...
If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it – and those are the words that some automakers live by, refusing to pull the plug on certain models, and even though they have reached the venerable age.
Sometimes this happens because they are highly profitable after having recouped their original development costs, other times, because the automakers lack the funds to create replacements.
Compiled by TheFastLaneCar, the following list includes 10 cars that have yet to be retired, it starts with the Nissan Frontier, which has been offered on this side of the pond since 2005, despite having being replaced by the newer model overseas – the Navara.
Dating back to 2007, the Jeep Wrangler is number 9 on the list, and unlike the Frontier, it doesn’t have the successor out… well, at least not yet, but there is the new generation coming our way this year. The Dodge Journey has been around for the past 9 years too, and despite being of a certain age, the FCA-owned brand sold over 100,000 last year alone.
Number 7 is reserved to Toyota Sequoia, which doesn’t sell in huge numbers, and it’s still profitable to make. Built in 2009, the Ram 1500 may have been significantly updated, and under its skin, it remains an old truck, albeit one that continues to bring cash in for a company.
Getting ready to blow 10 candles off its birthday cake this year, the Fiat 500 remains the popular car in a not so popular segment in North America. The brand still knows how to keep the consumers interested in it launching the bunch of special editions and updating the potent Abarth versions.
Speaking of potent models, Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution is no more, and the regular one can still be bought. It too is 10 years old, and the automaker found new ways of selling it. The Lancer will be eventually retired this summer.
The bronze medal goes to Jeep Patriot, which was replaced by the new Compass, and since it remains the cheapest AWD small SUV money can buy, it’s still the popular choice, whereas number 2 is reserved for the Aston Martin Vantage. Guessing where the gold medal goes to is not hard – it’s the SUV that has been around since 1979 and was updated over the years – the Mercedes-Benz G-Class.
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