CARS.COM — Some nameplates last a long, long time. Witness the Ford Mustang, around since 1964. Or the Chevrolet Suburban, the longest running nameplate in the world at 81 years old. But some nameplates burn brightly and then fade from memory as tastes and styles change — like the Dodge Grand Caravan. The imminent discontinuation of the Dodge-brand minivan in favor of the new Chrysler Pacifica will see the elimination of one of the most popular nameplates in the U.S. and got us to thinking that not many cars are named “grand” anything these days.
The only one left in production is the popular Jeep Grand Cherokee, which seems set to soldier on for the foreseeable future, printing money for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (we’ll give an honorable mention to BMW’s Gran Coupe models and the new Corvette Grand Sport trim, as well).
So, where have all the Grands gone? We took a moment to remember eight of the more recent Grands that we’ve lost, including one that never really even got started here in the U.S. market.