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A new year is around the corner, and with every new year comes change. Numerous new models will be added to dealerships across the country, while for 2012 many other models will disappear.
From the Mazda RX-8 to the Honda Element, there are quite a few vehicles we’re going to miss and hope that successors come our way. Other models that caught our interest that will be disappearing from production include the Volvo V50, Cadillac DTS, BMW X6 ActiveHybrid and Ford‘s good ‘ol Ranger.
And at the list of not-so-interesting, but worth mentioning are the Mitsubishi Endeavor, Mazda Tribute, Chevrolet HHR and Ford’Crown Victoria. Oh yeah, and as we mentioned before, Tesla’s Roadster will be gone too.
Thankfully we have a ton of new models to look forward to in 2012, including the new Lexus GS 350 – read our review here.
One of the BMW X6′s biggest criticisms, the lack of a fifth seat, will be put to bed starting this spring, as the coupe-like crossover will have the option of a fifth seat, making it slightly more functional but no less confusing.
Along with new 20″ dubs and interior leather choices (as well as some new interior lighting), the fifth seat represents the major changes coming for the X6. A notable exception is the X6 ActiveHybrid, which will remain a four seater only.
Hit the jump to read the official press release
It probably wasn’t surprising. Given the BMW X6′s performance and distinct lack of practicality, it was ripe as a target from environmental groups, even in Hybrid form. Recently, automotive engineers at the Union of Concerned Scientists have declared, in an update to their Hybrid Scorecard, that in a comparison against the the Mercedes-Benz S400 Hybrid, the BMW ActiveHybrid X6 “squanders its hybrid drivetrain in favor of boosting power, while the Mercedes-Benz S400 hybrid achieves some success in lowering costs by combining its relatively weak hybrid drivetrain with a downsized conventional gasoline engine.”
The X6 is BMW’s first hybrid on the market, using electric power to supplement the twin-turbo charged 4.4-liter V8 engine, delivering stellar performance, but according to the UCS a relatively poor score of 4.4 out of 10, not helped by a $10,000 sticker premium over the standard X6. By contrast, the Mercedes S400 Hybrid, which uses a six cylinder engine, but is still a mild hybrid (meaning it cannot run on electric power alone) is priced below the conventional S550, garnering greater UCS approval. The Union also dubbed the BMW’s price premium as “forced content” stating that such a marketing strategy unnecessarily drives up the cost of hybrid cars across vehicles classes. And we thought it was technology.