A recent proliferation of new models hitting the market has helped extend auto sales growth since the recession.
Automakers constantly search for new product niches, but it's a daunting process. Many product ideas never see the light of day.
Of those that make it to production, some find buyers and flourish. Others don't and are discontinued. That's what will happen to Honda's Crosstour variant of the Accord and to the U.S.-market Toyota Venza.
It's a natural, healthy part of the process. Gardeners know pruning fosters new growth. It's encouraging when automakers know that, too.