Which models are being discontinued this year?

June 14, 2012 12:00 AM

Every year, some models are discontinued, with the automaker either moving in another direction or replacing the car with a new vehicle. Those who own a model that is being discontinued should be sure to keep up with scheduled maintenance, as it will be one of the few surviving versions of that car on the road.

Yet the end of a model doesn't solely have implications for the drivers who own them. Those shopping for a vehicle may also be interested to know which models will no longer be produced, according to Kelley Blue Book (KBB).

This year, the models that will be discontinued include the Dodge Caliber, Kia Sedona, Mitsubishi Galant, Hyundai Veracruz, Chevrolet Colorado, Lexus HS Hybrid, Mitsubishi Eclipse and Mazda CX-7, among others.

"Because 2012 marks the final year of these 10 models, savvy in-market consumers likely can swing really good deals on some of the cars we identify. In addition, the automakers that produce them are making interesting changes in their new-car lineups to fill the space left by these departing models," said Jack Nerad, executive editorial director and executive market analyst for KBB.

Fortunately, KBB says the value of these models will likely be unaffected for owners who currently have the cars. Keeping up with vehicle maintenance will ensure drivers get more cash when they eventually trade their vehicle in.

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