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Every year, the automotive tide washes new models into showrooms — and drags old ones away.

Among the departing models this time are a few that never caught on with customers, along with some well-known names. 

With auto sales expected to fall for the first time since 2009, car companies have a greater incentive to cut the number of models they offer. Yet, at the same time, most major makers still want to try to offer a model in every major automotive category.

“Even though the market is shrinking a bit, manufacturers still needs a full-line offering to be competitive,” says Jessica Caldwell, an analyst for Edmunds.com, a car-buying website.

Among those models going away, some will likely to be gone forever while others will take a break — only to be resurrected again. Ford, for instance, is planning to offer a new version of its Ranger pickup and Bronco off-road vehicles, models that it sent out to pasture a few years ago.

Among the models about to vanish, each has its own story. The list includes a mix of cars and SUVs.

Cars have been slow sellers compared with SUVs. But some SUVs are going away, too, mostly because updated, more competitive models in the same segments are taking their place. Caldwell says.

“People are getting more finicky,” she says.

Among those nameplates saying adios for the 2018 model year:

•Buick Verano.GM announced that it was cutting the compact Verano as part of a reduction in the number of cars overall. It still has the larger LaCrosse and the Regal for 2018.

•Chevrolet SS. The big, powerful SS was a favorite among performance fans. The full-size car shared a chassis with the Caprice, the police version. But the SS is going away because General…