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Comeback Cars

MINI Cooper Countryman
Debuted: 1961      Returned: 2011      Current MSRP: $21,650 - $26,950     
This lesser-known MINI model, the Countryman, was called an estate  car in the 1960s and sometimes featured exterior wood paneling. Fast  forward a few decades and it’s now called a crossover SUV.     
The new Countryman has some car-derived parts, means the MINI  Cooper’ range of four-cylinder and turbo-four engines. “Real off-road  capability doesn’t mean this is for trails only,” Padgett says. “The  Countryman’s handling does an uncanny job at mimicking that of the  smaller Coopers.”

(vía CNBC)

Comeback Cars

MINI Cooper Countryman

Debuted: 1961
Returned: 2011
Current MSRP: $21,650 - $26,950

This lesser-known MINI model, the Countryman, was called an estate car in the 1960s and sometimes featured exterior wood paneling. Fast forward a few decades and it’s now called a crossover SUV.

The new Countryman has some car-derived parts, means the MINI Cooper’ range of four-cylinder and turbo-four engines. “Real off-road capability doesn’t mean this is for trails only,” Padgett says. “The Countryman’s handling does an uncanny job at mimicking that of the smaller Coopers.”

(vía CNBC)

Comeback Cars

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG
Debuted: 1954 (as the 300 SL)      Returned: 2011      Current MSRP: $183,000     
This luxury vehicle with its unmistakable gullwing is new to the  States this year, but is the spiritual successor to a previous  gullwinged Mercedes, the 300SL, which debuted in 1954.     
“Mercedes-Benz wants you to know its latest supercar owes every  inspiration to the racing gem that gave it timeless street cred in the  1950s,” said Padgett. “The new gullwing does indeed have doors that rise  to the sky—along with some underpinnings that would have been the next  Dodge Viper, if Chrysler and Daimler had made their marriage work.”

(vía CNBC)

Comeback Cars

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG

Debuted: 1954 (as the 300 SL)
Returned: 2011
Current MSRP: $183,000

This luxury vehicle with its unmistakable gullwing is new to the States this year, but is the spiritual successor to a previous gullwinged Mercedes, the 300SL, which debuted in 1954.

“Mercedes-Benz wants you to know its latest supercar owes every inspiration to the racing gem that gave it timeless street cred in the 1950s,” said Padgett. “The new gullwing does indeed have doors that rise to the sky—along with some underpinnings that would have been the next Dodge Viper, if Chrysler and Daimler had made their marriage work.”

(vía CNBC)

Comeback Cars

Buick Regal
Debuted: 1973      Returned: 2011      Current MSRP: $27,000      “The Regal might bring back memories of the 1980s, of mullets and of  turbo GNX versions,” says Padgett. Not so anymore!  The new Regal is  one of the first products of post-bankruptcy GM.      “The Regal was supposed to be the next Saturn Aura,” Padgett  explains. “Instead, it’s a great redirect for the future of the Buick  brand, with European handling and styling, and a new turbocharged,  manual-transmission version to woo enthusiasts in need of four doors.”

(vía CNBC)

Comeback Cars

Buick Regal

Debuted: 1973
Returned: 2011
Current MSRP: $27,000

“The Regal might bring back memories of the 1980s, of mullets and of turbo GNX versions,” says Padgett. Not so anymore!  The new Regal is one of the first products of post-bankruptcy GM.

“The Regal was supposed to be the next Saturn Aura,” Padgett explains. “Instead, it’s a great redirect for the future of the Buick brand, with European handling and styling, and a new turbocharged, manual-transmission version to woo enthusiasts in need of four doors.”

(vía CNBC)

Comeback Cars

Ford Explorer
Debuted: 1990      Returned: 2011      Current MSRP: $28,360      The Explorer spent most of the past decade ducking scandal, after  its Firestone tire recall debacle nearly killed the name in 2001.  Padgett says the Explorer “limped along through a rather successful  redesign in 2002, just in time for SUVs to fall out of favor.”      But now it’s enjoying another revival in the Ford lineup, featuring  some car components under its SUV-ish body. “It’s never been better,”  Padgett says, citing improved fuel economy, a new turbo four-cylinder  for better gas mileage. The panel at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show agreed:  they named it Truck of the Year.

(vía CNBC)

Comeback Cars

Ford Explorer

Debuted: 1990
Returned: 2011
Current MSRP: $28,360

The Explorer spent most of the past decade ducking scandal, after its Firestone tire recall debacle nearly killed the name in 2001. Padgett says the Explorer “limped along through a rather successful redesign in 2002, just in time for SUVs to fall out of favor.”

But now it’s enjoying another revival in the Ford lineup, featuring some car components under its SUV-ish body. “It’s never been better,” Padgett says, citing improved fuel economy, a new turbo four-cylinder for better gas mileage. The panel at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show agreed: they named it Truck of the Year.

(vía CNBC)

Comeback Cars

Ford Taurus
Debuted: 1986      Returned: 2010      Current MSRP: $26,000 - $38,500     
“It was the car that saved Ford in the mid-1980s, but by the late  1990s, the Taurus badge had lost its meaning, thanks to an overly ovoid  redesign that gave up interior room and traditional good looks,” said  Padgett. The Taurus was discontinued as of the 2007 model year.      The famous Taurus name returned when Ford debuted its large family  sedan for the 2010 model year, as well as the SHO performance edition,  which Padgett calls “a revival twofer that’s brought domestic car  shoppers back into the fold after all.”

(vía CNBC)

Comeback Cars

Ford Taurus

Debuted: 1986
Returned: 2010
Current MSRP: $26,000 - $38,500

“It was the car that saved Ford in the mid-1980s, but by the late 1990s, the Taurus badge had lost its meaning, thanks to an overly ovoid redesign that gave up interior room and traditional good looks,” said Padgett. The Taurus was discontinued as of the 2007 model year.

The famous Taurus name returned when Ford debuted its large family sedan for the 2010 model year, as well as the SHO performance edition, which Padgett calls “a revival twofer that’s brought domestic car shoppers back into the fold after all.”

(vía CNBC)

Comeback Cars

Fiat
Debuted: 1899      Returned: 2012      Current MSRP: $16,000      The feisty Italian import Fiat 500 is returning to America with a  2012 model after a 27-year absence. “Not many drivers have fond memories  of the Fiat brand, which evacuated America in the late 1970s, leaving  behind bad memories of X1/9 sportscars that burned, and 124 roadsters  that failed to light any fire,” observes Padgett      “While it’s in charge at Chrysler these days, [the brand is] also  bringing back its sprightly 500 minicar to the mix, with great fuel  economy at just the right time in our automotive history.”

(vía CNBC)

Comeback Cars

Fiat

Debuted: 1899
Returned: 2012
Current MSRP: $16,000

The feisty Italian import Fiat 500 is returning to America with a 2012 model after a 27-year absence. “Not many drivers have fond memories of the Fiat brand, which evacuated America in the late 1970s, leaving behind bad memories of X1/9 sportscars that burned, and 124 roadsters that failed to light any fire,” observes Padgett

“While it’s in charge at Chrysler these days, [the brand is] also bringing back its sprightly 500 minicar to the mix, with great fuel economy at just the right time in our automotive history.”

(vía CNBC)

Comeback Cars

Chevrolet Camaro
Debuted: 1968      Returned: 2010      Current MSRP: $23,000 - $32,000      Whether it’s a pony car or a muscle car, the Camaro has always been  one cool ride. Well—almost always. “GM didn’t even sell a Camaro from  2003 to 2009, but it stuck with plans to bring back the storied  nameplate even through its difficult bankruptcy,” says Padgett.      The new resurrected Camaro comes in coupe, convertible, and hot SS  versions. And as Padgett points out, this comeback kid is outselling the  Ford Mustang this year.

(vía CNBC)

Comeback Cars

Chevrolet Camaro

Debuted: 1968
Returned: 2010
Current MSRP: $23,000 - $32,000

Whether it’s a pony car or a muscle car, the Camaro has always been one cool ride. Well—almost always. “GM didn’t even sell a Camaro from 2003 to 2009, but it stuck with plans to bring back the storied nameplate even through its difficult bankruptcy,” says Padgett.

The new resurrected Camaro comes in coupe, convertible, and hot SS versions. And as Padgett points out, this comeback kid is outselling the Ford Mustang this year.

(vía CNBC)

Comeback Cars

Volkswagen Beetle
Debuted: 1938      Returned: 1998      Current MSRP: $19,500      The classic Volkswagen Type 1 is still one of the most recognized  cars in the world, although its heyday fell in the 1960s. New Beetles  launched in 1998, and Volkswagen is introducing a new New Beetle set to  debut this fall, this one a bit more sleek in design with a navigation  system and ambient interior lighting.      “In the 1990s, Volkswagen saw the way to fix its waning reputation:  by bringing back some of its most famous badges in the U.S., where sales  were hurting,” Padgett explains. “The Rabbit returned, only to once  again become the Golf; the Microbus flirted with reality a couple of  times, and still remains in limbo. But the Beetle returned, and for 2012  it’s being completely revamped with an eye to capturing more male  buyers by way of better performance and a tougher-looking exoskeleton.”

(vía CNBC)

Comeback Cars

Volkswagen Beetle

Debuted: 1938
Returned: 1998
Current MSRP: $19,500

The classic Volkswagen Type 1 is still one of the most recognized cars in the world, although its heyday fell in the 1960s. New Beetles launched in 1998, and Volkswagen is introducing a new New Beetle set to debut this fall, this one a bit more sleek in design with a navigation system and ambient interior lighting.

“In the 1990s, Volkswagen saw the way to fix its waning reputation: by bringing back some of its most famous badges in the U.S., where sales were hurting,” Padgett explains. “The Rabbit returned, only to once again become the Golf; the Microbus flirted with reality a couple of times, and still remains in limbo. But the Beetle returned, and for 2012 it’s being completely revamped with an eye to capturing more male buyers by way of better performance and a tougher-looking exoskeleton.”

(vía CNBC)

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