Cars you won't be finding in 2009
Desperate car-makers are trimming their lineups and in some cases eliminating entire brands. Here are six cars you won't be seeing after 2009.
Tony Ding, AP
The Chrysler PT Cruiser -- This is the car that makes everybody go "cool!" when it speeds by. Say what you will about Chrysler these days, the PT Cruiser had style, and even non-car types could point it out admiringly on the road. But 2009 will be the last year for this daddy-o, says Chrysler. I guess they have bigger fish to fry these days.
Saturn - GM, standing hat in hand before congress last year, promised to help cut its costs by eliminating entire lines of cars that were no longer best-sellers. And although it hasn't officially announced it, it hinted at ending its well-known Saturn line, including the Saturn Sky.
The Hummer H3 -- can't say I'm sorry to see this one go. Nothing symbolized the wretched excess of the last eight years like a Hummer. But there are car enthusiasts out there who will mourn the Hummer's passing. This one, apparently, was unparalleled for off-road action.
The Lexus SC -- Sometimes the times call for action. And in times like these, offering a luxury convertible such as this one seems downright profligate. When Lexus ends the SC's run this year, the company will be left without a convertible in its lineup. Maybe it's best to wait for an economic turnaround before offering another such scandalous luxury.
The Dodge Viper -- So fast, so cool, so very Steve McQueen, it's a shame to see this one go. To this day the Viper, which was built for speed more than anything else, holds the lap record on the world's most demanding test track -- the Nurburgring, a 12.9-mile circuit in the mountains outside Nurburg, Germany.