Also known as “orphan” cars, some of these vehicles become collector’s items while others simply disappear onto the ever growing list of discontinued cars.
2009 was a tough year for auto makers. Because of the weak economy, high unemployment rates and the credit crisis, 2009 marked the worst year for U.S. auto sales in nearly 30 years.
General Motors (GM) sales were down 33 percent from 2008 and Chrysler sold only 931,000 vehicles, its worst performance since 1962. In addition, both GM and Chrysler filed for bankruptcy protection this summer.
Here is a look at some of the cars and brands that were discontinued in 2009: