2. Oldsmobile, 2004
Contrary to its old-timey name, Oldsmobile was a driving force in the automotive industry right from the get-go. If you can believe it, Ransom Eli Olds was the first to mass-produce cars with his curved-dash model back in the early 1900s. His company was also the first brand to introduce a fully automatic transmission, the four-speed Hydramatic. After that Oldsmobile helped popularize powerful, overhead valve engines after the Second World War. This is heady stuff, so why did the brand get canned?
It’s likely a number of things are to blame opposed to one murderous silver bullet. Chalk it up to unending management blunders and redundant, rebadged products. After all, who needs Oldsmobile when you’ve got Buick?