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What Are Some Recent Cars That History Has Already Forgotten?

Photo: Pontiac
Photo: Pontiac
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I saw a Pontiac Torrent the other day, a vehicle that I literally haven’t thought about in years. And it’s not even old, nor is it rare, but yet it has somehow managed to become an irrelevant and invisible piece of the automotive timeline.


The Pontiac Torrent launched in 2006 as the successor to the most hideous car in recent history, the Aztek. Built on GM’s Theta platform, the new crossover was basically the Chevrolet Equinox with some revised styling, and though that may not sound enticing, it was a sharp looking little crossover.

After a few short years, the Torrent was axed shortly before bankrupt General Motors killed off the Pontiac brand. Still, in its four-year run, Pontiac made over 100,000 of these mid-size crossovers, and yet now, seven years later, it’s as if the vehicle never existed, having faded into the ether with nary a trace.


In fact, digging into the archives, it appears that Jalopnik hasn’t written about the Torrent since 2009, when the car was still in production! The young, but forgotten Torrent.

What are some other not-that-old and not-that-rare cars that history has forgotten?

Sr. Technical Editor, Jalopnik. Always interested in hearing from auto engineers—email me. Cars: Willys CJ-2A ('48), Jeep J10 ('85), Jeep Cherokee ('79, '91, '92, '00), Jeep Grand Cherokee 5spd ('94).

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They sold around 200,000 of these things including its Pontiac, Buick, and Saturn siblings, and I completely forgot it existed up until about a month ago.

Ford sold about 240,000 of these over for years and I wasn’t aware of its existence until about a year ago.