Times are always changing when it comes to the car sales market. Trends are always going to control the production, and bottom lines lead to business decisions. Those decisions lead to models going out of production. The crossover is here to stay. Unfortunately, it has cost us some pretty cool cars like the Focus RS and a multitude of awesome station wagons. However, cool cars are getting axed left and right for one reason or another. Here are four popular cars that manufacturers will lay to rest come the 2024 model year.
According to The Motley Fool, the beloved Dodge Charger is one of the cars to get the chopping block treatment by the 2024 model year. TMF points out the huge potential in the use of the name Charger in future EV endeavors, which likely has to do with its discontinuation.
Despite the recent revelation that the Dodge Charger will be one of only two full-size sedan models on the market come the 2023 model year, it’s going away by 2024. So, come 2024, the Chrysler 300 will be the only full-size sedan in the U.S. Market.
The Charger historically outsells its two-door brother, the Challenger, by a hair. However, the roles have reversed a bit as of late. In fact, the Challenger sits atop the food chain as the most sold muscle car at the moment, beating out the Mustang’s long-running winning streak.
That will make the next section of this article a little awkward.
Dodge Challenger to join its muscle car partner in crime
It’s true. Despite having an astonishing title and selling like hotcakes, the Dodge Challenger is also going away come the 2024 model year.
Dodge’s parent company, Stellantis, is looking more toward an electric future and moving to focus its efforts on EVs instead. Additionally, the company is planning on releasing its first electric muscle car in the near future.
So, rest in peace to the legendary Dodge Hellcat engines and the two cars that brought them to the world in the first place. It’s a sad day for muscle car enthusiasts.
Toyota Avalon can’t keep up with the crossovers
As the likes of the Toyota Rav4 and Toyota C-HR move massive amounts of units for families and the Corolla holds up the compact end of things, the Avalon’s niche has grown smaller and smaller over the years. As a result, it’s going away after 2023 despite its critical acclaim.
Of course, Toyota’s midsize Camry continues to dominate in sales for the sedan category where the Corolla doesn’t quite meet customer needs. So, with seemingly every niche filled, the Avalon has no place to go.
The Volkswagen Passat is also diving into the deep end for very similar reasons to the Toyota Avalon.
Volkswagen’s Toureg and Atlas are leading the pack for families looking to buy within the Volkswagen nameplate. Of course, the Golf and Jetta still hold up their end of the deal on the opposite end.
So, much like the Avalon, the Passat (which is admittedly hard to decipher from a Jetta unless they’re sitting next to each other) is going away.
There’s a good chance that nobody is even going to notice.
All of these Out of Production vehicles are victims of changing times
The market has spoken and so have government emissions regulations.
Whether the reason for these manufacturers discontinuing these vehicles is a result of sales or climate solutions, they all meet the same out-of-production fate. Times are changing and, with that, the car market must, too.
So, if you’re interested in owning any of these four vehicles brand new, you’d better plan to purchase one within the next year. Otherwise, your chance will be gone for good!