Ford’s second-generation Ka never lived up to the reputation of its quirky first-generation city car. The original car’s twelve-year production run wasn’t matched by its successor either, but Ford kept the Ka alive for eight years, as the Fiat 500, with which it shared components, stormed the market.
Cause of demise: market moves away from three-door city cars, replaced by five-door Ka+
Land Rover Defender – introduced 1948 (arguably)
Land Rover’s iconic Defender was first introduced in 1948 as the Series 1, and maintained a reputation over its marathon 68-year production life as one of the toughest off-road vehicles available. It eventually succumbed, having aged too much to keep up with the latest safety and emissions laws.
Before it had even been discontinued, rumours were swirling about when Land Rover would bring it back. Watch this space.
Cause of demise: couldn’t keep up with modern safety and emissions legislation (old age)
MG 6 – introduced 2010
SAIC took over MG after the company’s infamous demise, and began selling its 3, 6 and GS models in the UK. Unfortunately, the British public aren't as starry-eyed over the MG brand as they once were, and it remains a rather niche marque, with only a small share of the UK market.
MG discontinued the 6 earlier this year, and pulled out of UK production following the Brexit vote. The 6 will return, though, but it’s not yet been revealed when.
Cause of demise: MG chose not to continue the model in the UK, to comply with EU 6 emissions law