The Mercedes-Benz CLS Shooting Brake was something of a pioneer. In a market where Mercedes already sold two estate cars, the C-Class and E-Class, the brand decided it was time for a third, albeit one with a dramatic tapering roofline for greater sex appeal at the expense of practicality.
It was a hard sell. At £48,570, it was more than £10,000 more expensive than the E-Class estate but had less room in the boot.
Cause of demise: a niche too far
Skoda Yeti - introduced in 2009
The Yeti was introduced in 2009 as an alternative to the usual line-up of SUVs. It bucked convention with its bluff, distinctive shape and funky styling, although that was eroded somewhat after a midlife facelift.
With the rapid growth in the market, Skoda launched a new small SUV that is more conventional still in order to chase further sales success. While Skoda insists the Karoq isn't a direct replacement for the, the firm's new small SUV didn't leave much room for the Yeti to continue. The firm decided not to carry over the nameplate, partly to give the Karoq a name that echoes the larger Kodiaq SUV and partly because yeti is a sensitive word in the all-important Chinese market. It also allows the Yeti to continue production in certain markets.
Cause of demise: indirect replacement
Toyota Auris diesel - introduced in 2007
Another sign of the times - the Toyota Auris lives on in hatch and estate forms with petrol and petrol-electric hybrid powertrains, but the diesel variant is dead.
Interestingly, Toyota says it scrapped the diesel Auris not because of the Government’s impending tax hikes but because of slow sales - of the 16,528 Auris models sold in 2016, just 651 were diesels. Given the way diesel sales have been going industry-wide, that figure was unlikely to go up.