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Muscle cars still flex amid sedans' demise : Challenger, Camaro and Mustang are likely to survive as Detroit kills off slow-selling passenger cars.

Jan 01, 2019 - Los Angeles Times

The list of passenger cars sent to the scrap heap keeps getting longer.

The Dodge Dart and Chrysler 200 are goners, Ford models such as the Fusion and Fiesta are going to be finished, and last month General Motors Co. announced plans to cull the Buick LaCrosse, Chevrolet Impala and others.

But as Detroit kills off slow-selling sedans, there's one niche of passenger cars that's hung on: retro-styled, testosterone-fueled reincarnations of muscle cars introduced in the 1960s and 1970s.

"What's dying is the commoditized, four-door nothingburger, no-personality cars," said Tim Kuniskis, who ran the Dodge brand at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles from 2013 to early 2018, before taking over Jeep North America. Muscle cars "have a really well-defined personality and positio...