When the Wall St. Cheat Sheet listed a few discontinued cars they want back we were a bit surprised.
Why would they want any of them back, with the possible exception of the Pontiac G8?
The Saab 900 was a different sort of hatchback/sedan that won numerous design awards throughout its life.
The 900 was never known for performance.
There must have been something wrong with Saab or GM would have kept the brand going instead of selling it off. The car is gone from ready U.S. markets so don’t sob for the Saab.
High-performance wagons never really caught on in the U.S.
Some claim the Magnum did - but it really didn’t. If it had caught on Dodge would still be making them.
The Magnum had a hefty V8 with 425 horsepower and sport-tuned suspension.
Problem is it looked like a chopped and channeled hearse. Dodge learned the hard way there wasn’t much call for a chopped and channeled hearse.
The Ford Ranger was a simple truck suited for small tasks for those who didn’t need, or couldn't afford, a larger F-Series pickup.
Ford kept pumping out the Ranger for several years with only a few cosmetic changes. Good for small jobs but for serious hauling it was like sending a boy to do a man’s work.
The Mazda RX-8 used the lightweight 1.3 liter Wankel rotary engine.
The rotary engine was invented by German engineer Felix Wankel.
The high-revving rotary engine in the RX-8 was not very efficient--it drank fuel like an SUV.
The compact nature of the rotary engine meant Mazda’s engineers were able to slide it further back in the car, giving the RX-8 a prime weight distribution profile.
The video above shows how a Wankel engine works.
Though the Pontiac brand struggled through much of the 2000s, one of its final releases in 2008 was the Pontiac G8.
In its GXP trim, the car featured a powerful 6.2-liter V8 with 402 horsepower (it was actually a detuned Corvette engine), with rear-wheel drive that had a six-speed manual option.
Soon after GM brought out the nifty G8 the Pontiac brand followed Oldsmobile into obscurity. So, as with the Dodge Magnum, no use crying over spilled milk because the Pontiac brand ain’t coming back.
GM actually could bring the G8 back as a Chevy. Many hope they do because the G8 is the only really great car on this list.