Say It Ain’t So — These Cars Are Being Killed Off In 2019
Who's ever bought a car only to have the model be discontinued? 2019 will bring the discontinuation of several models that have fallen in popularity which includes the Volkswagen Beetle, Ford Taurus and the Ford Focus!
USA Today published a complete list of the cars that are being killed off in 2019 and a few models that you wouldn't expect are on the chopping block.
This is not the first time Ford decided to end production of this large sedan. But it could be the last. Large cars are falling out of favor. At one point, the Taurus was one of the most popular cars in America. Those days are long gone.
This compact sedan perished as Ford pivots its focus toward SUVs and pickups. Ford had only 12,000 Focus cars left as of early December. Get it while you still can.
Like the Taurus, this large sedan once occupied prime real estate in the American automotive landscape. Despite a critically acclaimed redesign earlier this decade, it couldn't overcome the sedan segment's demise.
GM bet big on this compact sedan earlier this decade, and it paid off for a while. But sales have suffered during the SUV boom. Its demise has placed GM's plant in Lordstown, Ohio, at serious risk of closing.
Billed as an emblem of GM's engineering prowess and pivot toward alternative propulsion vehicles, this vehicle essentially invented the concept of the plug-in hybrid. It was critically acclaimed and generated a loyal base of enthusiasts. But sales never reached initial expectations, and GM is turning its attention to battery-powered cars that don't have a backup gas generator like the Volt.
Volkswagen will continue to sell this model in foreign markets but not in the U.S. Here, it's now selling the Atlas large SUV and the Tiguan crossover, with plans to introduce more SUVs.
This two-door car has one of the most iconic silhouettes in the auto industry. But Americans don't want to hunch over to get into cars anymore.
This attempt at a luxury sedan never panned out. The Korean automaker pivoted its luxury efforts toward an altogether new brand called Genesis, which is struggling to gain sales traction.
This compact hybrid had bad timing, entering the market just as hybrid sales were falling off a cliff.
This model, which was offered in hybrid and plug-in versions, had a strong run out of the gate but eventually fell prey to the same industry trends that undermined the CR-Z.
Toyota Prius V
This large version of the Prius hybrid hasn't been manufactured since the 2017 model-year, but it's still registering sales, according to Edmunds.
Nissan's quirky subcompact crossover has given way to a new little crossover called the Nissan Kicks.
Cadillac CT6 and XTS
These large luxury sedans were in the wrong place at the wrong time. Luxury buyers with this much money to spend and a desire for space are buying SUVs.
This compact luxury sedan was designed as a competitor to industry stalwarts such as the BMW 3-series. It couldn't overcome the Cadillac brand's struggles and the compact sedan segment's implosion.
The Beetle, Prius and Taurus are a surprise considering how popular they where for many years. You can check out the entire list and article here