Many late 2009s–an odd model year

Car sales are off by over 40 percent, and for some car models there are bound to be too many 2008s still on lots. Which might explain why, even though it is almost March and some 2010s have already reached dealers, prices have yet to be released for a surprising number of 2009 models.

These include:

  • BMW Z4 (late intro redesign)
  • Hyundai Entourage, Santa Fe, and Veracruz
  • Infiniti EX35
  • Kia Amanti, Sedona, and Sorento
  • Mitsubishi Endeavor (dead?) and Evo
  • Toyota Sequoia and Solara (dead?)

I’m eager to wrap up the 2009 model year and move onto the 2010s. So hopefully these get released soon.

  • Michael

    Looks like Kia finally released pricing for the 2009 Amanti, Sedona, and Sorento. Now it’s Hyundai’s turn…

  • bh

    I recall reading that the EX and EVO are skipping the 2009 model year so dealers can unload 08 inventory. I assume the Hyundais and Toyotas will be delayed, also for inventory reasons, though probably not discontinued.

  • guyatherton

    Can a manufacturer really just skip a whole model year due to poor sales (as if nobody else has that problem)?
    So you have 2007, 2008, 2010 – looks very odd and you get a long 2010 model year.

  • Michael

    They can skip a model year for any reason. And neither model year is necessarily long–the old cars simply remained on lots for a long time.

  • I wanted to add my two-cents worth, but I recall walking past a Dodge dealership in Oshawa, Ontario (Canada), and seeing a brand new 2007 Dodge Magnum for sale… in 2009…. wow, they were really stuck with that one.

    Just wanted to mention it.