The quick and the dead: 10 cars that were (sometimes mercifully) axed fast

2005 GMC Envoy XUV SLE

2005 GMC Envoy XUV SLE

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Bad ideas aren’t exclusive to the car business–but sometimes, they get mass-produced there.

Not all of the cars on this list are bad, but they sure were short-lived. Maybe it was timing. Or maybe they really deserved it, you make the call.

Here’s a concise compendium of cars that lasted just a year or two–or less–on the market.

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1956 Dodge LaFemme

1956 Dodge LaFemme

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Dodge LaFemme (1956)

Dodge’s ill-fated attempt at swooning the li’l ladies of the house reeked of a few “tee many martoonis” during the all-male lunch hour. Dodge execs

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Salem doctor upgraded to fair condition after PDX airport accident – The Oregonian

Dr. Joel K. HopkinA Salem doctor was upgraded to fair condition today, close to three weeks after his legs were crushed between two vehicles at Portland International Airport.

The incident occurred at 10:30 p.m. April 5 outside the baggage claim area.

Lt. Bob Baxter, a Port of Portland police spokesman, said a 2003 Cadillac DeVille started the chain reaction.

Carolyn Kerr, 79, of Vancouver and her husband, Donald Kerr, 83, came to the airport to pick up a passenger, Baxter said. Carolyn Kerr, who had been driving, stepped out to look for the passenger, and Donald Kerr slid behind the wheel.

“Somehow, as Mr. Kerr moved across the seat, the vehicle was accidentally put into gear and began to move forward,” Baxter said. “He might have stepped on the gas pedal instead of the brake.”

Baxter said he did not anticipate any charges being filed.

Hopkin is a clinical assistant professor in the oral

... read more at: http://blog.oregonlive.com/breakingnews/2008/04/salem_doctor_still_critical_af.html

Marchionne confirms body-on frame platform for Jeep Wagoneers, hints at Alfa platform for next Grand Cherokee

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2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit

2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit

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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles [NYSE:FCAU] on Monday confirmed that its planned Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer SUVs will be built at its Warren Truck Assembly Plant in Michigan.

The plant is

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RIP Cadillac ELR: what went wrong with luxury electric coupe?

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2016 Cadillac ELR

2016 Cadillac ELR

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After a long and tortured development process and a short life, GM has quietly euthanized its Cadillac ELR range-extended electric luxury coupe.

The derivative of the first-generation Chevrolet Volt was intended to sell at a higher price, to help recoup some of the development

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