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Occasionally, car companies bring back old nameplates in the hope of stoking nostalgia and giving an old name a fresh new look. But it doesn't always work out.
The revived and redesigned Volkswagen Beetle was apparently one such case. Originally developed at the behest of Adolf Hitler in the late 1930s, the car later achieved astronomical sales figures in the 1960s, and became an icon of the era.
Volkswagen stopped selling the original version in the United States in the late 1970s, but continued to produce Beetles in other countries, then introduced a revived version in the 1990s. The car was a hit with many car buyers: Notably, Hillary and then-President Bill Clinton bought a redesigned Beetle for their daughter Chelsea.
But as sales slowed, Volkswagen decided to pull the plug. On Thursday, the automaker said the production of the car will end next year.
Volkswagen is not alone. Here are some other attempts by car companies to recall the past that did not last.
Volkswagen stuck with the new Beetle for roughly two decades, decades but in the end decided it was not worth keeping, as consumers continue to shift into SUVs and crossovers.
The Ford Thunderbird was a coveted car in the 1950s and 60s. The Beach Boys even referred to the "T-Bird" in one of their hit songs "Fun, Fun, Fun"...
...But Ford's attempt to release an updated version in 2002 with retro styling fell flat, and the car was eventually discontinued.
Dodge has resurrected a few of its most famous nameplates, such as the Charger, the Challenger, and had tried the same approach with the Dart. The first Dart was an affordable and wildly popular car in the 1960s and 1970s, even into the 1980's...
...Fiat-Chrysler brought back the nameplate in 2013 to attract customers looking for small cars. The new Dart probably could not have been much more different from its ancestor, and the car was only in production for a few years. It ended with the 2016 model year. It was actually an underrate car that could have been successful, but the timing
The Mercury Cougar began life in 1967 as a slightly upscale stablemate to Ford's Mustang pony car. It went through several different designs over the years, and slowly morphed into more of a sedate sedan by the time it was discontinued in 1997...
...Two years later, though, Mercury brought the Cougar back with a leaner, sportier design with quirky touches, such as bulbous headlights and taillights. It was only in production for a few years before Ford discontinued it.
One of the original true muscle cars, the GTO was big, loud and fast when it was first released in the mid-1960s. It remained in production for about a decade.
Pontiac resurrected the name and slapped it on a modified version of a Monaro, a car made by General Motors' Australian Holden brand. While the redesigned GTO earned praise for its performance, the model was killed after just two years. Soon after that, GM completely ended production of all Pontiac models during its bailout by the U.S. government.
When the Taurus was first released in 1985 it was a revelation: A sedan with European styling that could be had at the price of a Ford. It was later replaced with the Ford 500.
That was a mistake, said independent auto analyst and industry veteran John Wolkonowicz. Former Ford CEO Alan Mulally pushed Ford to resurrect the Taurus nameplate.
But the revived Taurus never quite attained the cachet with consumers the original had. Ford has recently said it will discontinue the model in North America, along with nearly all of its other sedans.
Correction: An earlier version gave the wrong year for the re-release of the Thunderbird. It was in 2002.