It’s 2018, and Dodge’s front-wheel-drive, midsize sedan, the Dodge Avenger, has been out of production for four years – gone, but not forgotten.
Or did it ever leave at all? According to Autoblog, which keeps a running list of “zombie cars” – that is, cars that just “won’t die,” selling some number of new units annually even after production has ceased – FCA has sold two brand-new Dodge Avenger sedans so far in 2018. An entire separate product – the Dodge Dart compact car – was born, lived, and exited production practically within that timeframe. As a matter of fact, it’s been more than two years since FCA first announced its plans to axe the Dodge Dart and Chrysler 200 to concentrate more fully on crossover utility vehicles, and still, people are buying brand-new examples of the Dodge Avenger.
Granted, two is not an especially large number with regard to vehicle sales, but even still.
Two other Fiat Chrysler vehicles made Autoblog‘s most recent list of the top five “zombie cars”: the Chrysler Town & Country, with four sales so far in 2018, and the Dodge Viper, with 14 sales this year so far. The Dodge Viper’s appearance on the list makes perfect sense, as its sportscar appeal is undeniable, but its high list price and limited practicality make it a slow seller; in all likelihood, there are still plenty more sitting on dealer lots, waiting for the right well-heeled buyer. Production was stopped for good last year at FCA’s Conner Avenue Assembly Plant.
The Chrysler Town & Country – the predecessor to the award-winning Pacifica – ceased production in 2015, with all 2016-model-year vehicles being carryovers from that final year of production.