GM is getting ready to launch a new platform for its full-size pickups and decided not to make a reengineered Avalanche one of the spin-off models. Sales of the once-popular truck/SUV combo have been slipping for six years in the face of higher fuel prices and the greater availability of crew-cab trucks. In past years, GM might have kept the old vehicle in production as a "classic" -- its owners are exceptionally devoted -- but that doesn't appear to be in the cards this time.
Low sales, consolidation, making way for a redesign - whatever the reason, it's R.I.P. for these 2012 autos.