All wrapped up for you in a neat bow are all of the cars we say “goodbye” to in 2019. These cars—and they’re all cars with the exception of two Lincoln crossovers that are being renamed for 2020—won’t be back in 2020. A couple might show up down the road, but for almost all of them, they will all fall victim to the sedan bloodbath of 2020.
Some of these models are iconic and represented sales at one time in the millions. But consumer demand has deemed them no longer wanted, and so they are cut from manufacturers’ product portfolios.
One caveat worth noting is that both GM and Ford, in particular, have announced that the car is dead. But isn’t it interesting that most of the manufacturers outside of the US are still cranking out sedans along with their SUVs and crossovers? In the near future, we may be seeing cars cut from these producers as well, but none of the companies outside of the US have laid the sedan hatchet down like Ford and GM.
So which company has a crystal ball? We’ll know more in a year or two. For now, here’s the list:
While the TT won’t be back for 2020, it will return within the next couple years as an all-electric vehicle. Though refreshed a couple of times the TT goes back to 1998—over 20 years ago. There are other cars in the Audi line that can carry the TT’s torch into the future.
BMW 3 Series GT, 6 Series GT, and 6 Series Gran Coupe
We wrote about this a couple of weeks ago but the slightly ungainly GTs could never gain in utility what they lost in looks. This is an example of what Mercedes has been doing–splitting hairs. The Gran Coupe, on the other hand, is a four-door sedan to die for in the looks department. But, it’s not a coupe.
Though stylish, if you’re going to build a convertible it has to pass the cowl-shake test. The Cascada failed. Maybe Buick will bring back a convertible in one of their crossover lines. You know, like the Murano Crosscabriolet. We’re kidding…
There were plans for a successor to the LaCrosse but GM has got sedan jitters so other than the Regal the Buick line will consist completely of crossovers. That can be its new slogan; Buick: Completely Crossovers.
Not selling well the last couple of years the CTS will be discontinued to be replaced with the CT5 sedan. Miraculously, Cadillac is replacing a sedan with a sedan.
The last of the FWD Caddys, it will head off into the auto graveyard of 4-6-8 Cadillacs and Cimmarons, which was the Caddy that “zigged” when we all wanted was one that represented the brand better.
The Cruze finally became a good competitor to the Japanese brand’s smaller car segment. We still don’t understand why the domestics are abandoning these segments, but one guess is besides falling demand is that it’s harder to make a profit on inexpensive, small cars.
Though nothing like its ancestors the Impala had really good numbers for years, though those numbers have continually fallen. From a high of over 172,000 units, Impala sales fell to 56,000 in 2018. We wonder what a bit of reengineering would do to bolster those numbers?
When it debuted in 2010, the Volt was considered almost a modern wonder with its extended range from the small engine that charged the batteries. But sales were never great, and so we’ve come to the end for Chevy’s big gamble.
Ford now has the EcoSport to fill in the gap left by the Fiesta, if there is one. We liked the ST version, but even nimble small cars can’t beat the sedan downslide.
The Ford Taurus was America’s best selling car from 1992-1996, it was that universally liked by consumers. Alas, its time has come and gone. You would think that a full-size car would do well in this bigger-is-better world of trucks and SUVs, but sales have been slipping for years.
This is one of those exceptions where we will see another XJ within a year or so. The XJ is Jag’s flagship and is rumored to be coming back as all-electric to go head-to-head with the Tesla Model S.
The new version of the MKC will be back for 2020 as the Corsair.
Another Lincoln crossover that is being replaced by the Aviator in 2020.
Nissan 370Z Roadster
When oh when will Nissan give us a new Z? While we wait, they have killed the Roadster variant. C’mon Nissan, give us a new Z!
Nissan Rogue Hybrid
While the conventional Rogue will continue unchanged the hybrid wasn’t selling so it’s been given the axe.
Smart EQ ForTwo
The Smart car has had its detractors since day one, which was 2008 for the US. Now it’s all gone. It will not be missed.
Toyota Prius C
The Prius C hybrid will be replaced in 2020 with the Corolla Hybrid.
We don’t know if and when the Beetle will return, but we do know that it has been VW’s lowest-selling model.
Volkswagen Golf SportWagen and Alltrack
The few remaining station wagons from different manufacturers are slowly being discontinued, and so it is that VW will kill off these two wagon variants of the Golf.