6 Cars That Could Soon Be Killed in the US
Some cars, such as the Ford F-150 and Toyota Corolla, are very successful. They will likely continue to have high sales for the foreseeable future. However, some other cars don’t sell very well anymore, whether it’s due to being outdated or a decreasing market segment. Here are six cars that could soon be killed in the United States.
Nissan will probably kill the Titan after the current generation
It’s rare for an automaker to discontinue a pickup truck. However, this will probably be the case for the Nissan Titan. It’s rumored that Nissan will kill the Titan after the current generation. With the American big three of the Ford F-150, Chevy Silverado, and Ram 1500 dominating the full-size pickup truck segment, it’s challenging for the Titan to achieve much of a market share.
While Nissan didn’t yet confirm the rumor, it would not be surprising to see the Titan discontinued. In 2021, Nissan sold only 27,406 units of the Titan. In comparison, last year, Ford sold 726,004 F-Series trucks, and Chevrolet sold nearly 530,000 Silverados.
Infiniti Q60 could be discontinued soon
The demand for coupes has fallen in recent years — for both mainstream models and luxury coupes like the Infiniti Q60. Infiniti will probably kill the Q60 in 2023, according to CarBuzz. In 2021, Infiniti sold only 2,728 units of the Q60s. This is a steady decline from “9,071 units in 2018, 5,043 in 2019, and 2,792 in a pandemic-ravaged 2020.”
While the Infiniti Q60 doesn’t match the driving dynamics of the BMW 4 Series, it’s disappointing for some to see it discontinued. As CarBuzz notes, the Q60 has a “powerful twin-turbo V6, a cushy ride, and a high-end interior.”
Kia will likely discontinue the Rio after the 2022 model year
Over the last few years, subcompact hatchbacks and sedans disappeared from the U.S. market. This includes the discontinuation of the Ford Fiesta, Honda Fit, and Toyota Yaris. The Kia Rio might follow the same fate. Reports indicate that “both the Rio Sedan and Hatchback could be discontinued after the 2022 model year.”
Sales of the Rio in the U.S. are lower than the high of 40,000+ units in 2014. However, in 2021, Kia sold 31,362 Rios, which is still respectable. Also, when you factor in the base price of only $16,250 and its “refined driving dynamics and a well-designed interior,” the Rio offers considerable value.
Chrysler 300 could be killed
The Chrysler 300 could follow the fate of other large sedans and be killed in the near future. Chevrolet discontinued the Impala in 2020, and the production of the Volkswagen Passat recently ended in the U.S.
Given that it hasn’t had a redesign since 2011, it’s surprising that the Chrysler 300 has lasted this long. However, it benefits from its attractive design, a powerful Hemi V8 engine, and many premium amenities. It’s hard to overlook the drop in sales, though. Chrysler sold a little over 16,000 units of the 300 each of the past two years, compared to over 50,000 in 2017.
Dodge will likely kill the Durango after the 2023 model year
Reports indicate that Dodge will kill the Durango after the 2023 model year and “follow the Chrysler 300” into retirement. However, compared to the rest of the likely discontinuations on this list, the Dodge Durango is the most surprising.
In 2021, Dodge sold 65,935 units of the Durango. This is “a 14% increase compared to 2020.” Also, the Durango has positive attributes like its powerful engine, muscular styling, and a comfortable ride.
Chevrolet Bolt EV might be discontinued
Chevrolet has a major initiative to go all-electric, with electric versions of the Corvette, Silverado, Equinox, and Blazer in the works. However, the Bolt EV might no longer be a part of these plans, for Chevrolet might discontinue it.
The reason for the possible discontinuation of the Bolt EV is that it has a recall for a defective battery issue. This problem sometimes resulted in the Bolt EV catching fire. Chevrolet ceased production of the Bolt EV to address the battery issue. To make matters worse, the automaker sold only 25 units of the Bolt EV in the fourth quarter of 2021.
The Nissan Titan, Infiniti Q60, Kia Rio, Chrysler 300, Dodge Durango, and Bolt EV could all be killed soon in the U.S. Additionally, other upcoming discontinuations confirmed by automakers include the Ford EcoSport, Acura ILX, and Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat/SRT Super Stock. If you’re drawn to any of these models, then you might want to buy them soon, for they might not be around for much longer.