These cars will be killed off in 2021

These 9 cars will be killed in 2020: Chevrolet, Ford, Fiat vehicles are saying goodbye

These cars will be killed off in 2021

In 2020, everything from mass-market models with decades-old nameplates, to recent entrants are being discontinued. USA TODAY

If you didn’t know any better, you might say there’s an infectious disease sweeping through the auto industry, given how many cars are dying.

In a sense, there is. Diagnosis: death by SUV.

The SUV boom is killing off small and large passenger cars in 2019, with vehicles the Chevrolet Volt and Ford Focus perishing.

In 2020, everything from mass-market models with decades-old nameplates, the Chevrolet Impala, to recent entrants, the Fiat 500, are heading for the automotive graveyard.

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In many cases, the vehicles have devoted followings – just not enough to keep them alive any longer.

“For 2020, we’re expecting most of the departures to be cars,” said Jeremy Acevedo, manager of industry analysis for car-research site Edmunds. “These are some sentimental departures for the industry.”

Here’s a list of models that are going away in 2020. (For the purposes of this list, we’re including vehicles whose demise has been announced but will continue sales into the new year, as well as models that could continue to register sales in 2021 as dealers pare inventory.)

1. Fiat 500

It wasn’t meant to be.

When the Fiat 500 made its American debut in 2012, the two-door vehicle and its Italian siblings were billed as the saving grace for an American automaker, Chrysler, that had failed to make compelling small cars on its own.

For Fiat, it was “the car that led the charge back to this country after being this market for a long time,” said Karl Brauer, executive publisher of Cox Automotive, whose brands include Kelley Blue Book and Autotrader. 

But the 500 has fallen short of expectations as Americans grew disinterested in super-small cars. The 500 is going away for the North American market.

The Fiat brand, which is flailing, could follow.

“This could be a harbinger for an entire brand leaving potentially,” Acevedo said. “Right now, it’s such a challenging climate for small cars.”

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The 2019 Jaguar XJ. (Photo: Nick Dimbleby)

2. Jaguar XJ

Last redesigned in 2011, the XJ full-size car has been lingering on the market years past its prime.

Large sedans are falling favor among luxury buyers, who typically prefer SUVs these days. That meant the XJ’s days were numbered.

2019 Buick Cascada Convertible comes in a wide array of soft-top and exterior color options. (Photo: Buick/Vanderkaay)

3. Buick Cascada

its droptop counterparts, this convertible didn't stand much of a chance as the body style falls favor.

GM announced it would discontinue the vehicle after the 2019 model year.

The Lincoln MKC. (Photo: Lincoln)

4. Lincoln MKC

Lincoln, Ford’s luxury brand, is ditching the alphabet soup naming convention in favor of more memorable nameplates.

That means reviving brands the Aviator and the Corsair. The latter is the name for the SUV that’s replacing the MKC.

A 2018 Chevrolet Impala. (Photo: General Motors)

5. Chevrolet Impala

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 full-size car segment’s demise.

One of its only competitors, the Ford Taurus, was also recently discontinued.

“They’re not nearly as affordable as compacts or midsize cars and their functionality, being a great people mover, has been taken loud and clear by SUVs,” Brauer said of large cars. By comparison, the Chevrolet Impala ranges in price from $31,620 to $36,720, while the Toyota Corolla compact car ranges in price from $19,600 to $25,550. 

The Cadillac CT6 sedan. (Photo: General Motors)

6. Cadillac CT6

Similar in size to the Impala, the CT6 doesn’t have much of an audience. Luxury buyers are flocking to SUVs.

The Impala and CT6 were originally set to be discontinued in June, but GM extended production to January 2020 to balance “production timing.”

General Motors was so proud of the CT6 that it selected the vehicle for the first use of its semi-automated highway driving system Super Cruise. That system will outlive the CT6.

No. 3: The Toyota Prius C hybrid (2014 shown here) is No. 3 on the list of Top 10 cars for urban drivers as voted by the editors of shopping site (Photo: Toyota)

7. Toyota Prius C

When Toyota introduced the Prius C at the Detroit auto show in 2012, the outlook for fuel-sipping hybrids was much brighter. Gas prices averaged $3.60 per gallon in 2012, according to AAA.

But with prices averaging less than $3 for the last few years, interest in hybrids has plummeted. The Prius C was the latest casualty after its sibling, the larger Prius V, was also discontinued.

Infiniti aimed for Millennials with QX30 (Photo: Infiniti)

8. Infiniti QX30

This small crossover debuted in 2017 but never clicked with buyers. Though the reality is that Infiniti, as a whole, is struggling.  “There's just confusion about where the brand is,” Brauer said.

The Nissan luxury brand’s U.S. sales in the first 10 months of 2019 were down 17%, compared with a year earlier.

9. Ford Flex

This is a lesson for the auto industry: Not every SUV will be a guaranteed winner.

Ford announced in October that it's killing the Flex after the 2019 model year. That’s 11 years after the SUV's debut.

With its boxy design, the three-row Flex drew a devoted following while provoking snickering from people who disd the vehicle's unusual shape.

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These 10 Cars Will Be Discontinued In 2021

These cars will be killed off in 2021

The auto industry has always been cutthroat. And so, automakers have had to make tough calls to survive and pull ahead of the competition. As a result, these companies would sometimes close plants, as was the case for GM who ended up closing down five of its plants in North America. On the other hand, car companies have also decided to stop production on certain car models.

In some cases, the discontinuation was done quietly, just 15 cars in 2010. Meanwhile, some cars also get discontinued before reaching the showrooms. In 2021, these cars are believed to be gone too:

10 Acura RLX

via Motor Trend

The company itself confirmed the grim news last May. According to a statement it issued to Carscoops, “Today, we informed Acura dealers of our plan to discontinue sales of the RLX sedan in North America at the conclusion of the 2020 model year, as we make significant investments in the core models that represent Acura’s future.”

Acura plans to focus on its SUV models, the RDX and MDX. The company explained that these cars will “now serve as the volume leaders of the Acura brand.”

9 Lexus GS

via Carscoops

Toyota’s luxury car division has confirmed that it will be saying goodbye to its GS sedan after this year. Reports indicate that the decision to discontinue to model was due to poor sales.

Before it bows out completely, however, Lexus is offering the 3.5-liter V6-powered 2020 GS Black Line Special Edition in both rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive options. In a press release, Lexus has referred this special edition as the “best ever” GS. Indeed, this makes for a bittersweet send-off for a well-established car model.

8 Chevrolet Impala

via Sunrise Chevrolet

There are some who might think that it’s the Chevy Sonic that’s about to get the ax. However, from all indications, it does seem it would be the Impala saying goodbye in 2021. For starters, this car isn’t even mentioned in Chevy’s vehicle lineup for the current year. And if it’s already forgotten now, then it would most ly be forgotten for good.

As you may be aware, the sedan market has suffered significantly with the rise of SUVs. And so, it makes sense that Chevy would decide to discontinue at least one sedan in the near future.

7 Ford Fusion

via Detroit Free Press

Indeed, another sedan model will be gone for good after 2020. As you might know, Ford has always intended to discontinue the Fusion and that is happening pretty soon.

For the car’s final year, a spokesman from the carmaker also told Automotive News, “Our goal in the final year is to further simplify the offering and focus on maximizing the more popular SE, SEL and Titanium model.”

The Fusion had received a bit of refresh for its 2019 model with the inclusion of Ford’s Co-Pilot 360 suite.

6 Lincoln MKZ

via Guide Auto

The Lincoln Motor Company had confirmed this earlier in January as it unveiled its plans to develop a new fully electric vehicle with partner Rivian and manufacture new Ford models.

The press release stated, “As Lincoln adds a new luxury electric vehicle to its lineup, production of the MKZ sedan will end this year in order for the Hermosillo Assembly Plant in Mexico to prepare for production of new Ford vehicles.” The future does sound exciting for Ford and Lincoln. However, don’t expect the MKZ to be revived in the near future.

5 Dodge Grand Caravan

via Automotive News Canada

The news came just as it was revealed that the company’s Windsor Assembly Plant in Canada would be moving to a two-shift operation. Last March, a Fiat Chrysler spokesperson told Fox Business Tuesday, “This decision comes as the Company works to align volumes with demand while phasing out production of the Dodge Grand Caravan at the end of May.”

“The Company will make every effort to place indefinitely laid-off hourly employees in open full-time positions as they become available seniority and will offer retirement packages to eligible employees.”

4 Buick Regal

via Detroit News

It seems that the shift in consumer demand toward SUVs has also resulted in the death of the Regal. Buick and GMC communications manager Stuart Fowle confirmed the decision to Motor Authority, saying, “Buick continues to be ahead of the consumer shift toward SUVs. In fact, nearly 90 percent of Buick sales to date this year have been crossovers.”

Not all hope is lost for the Regal though. Fowle also revealed, “Although the Regal will no longer be offered in the U.S. and Canada, it will be sold in China where demand for sedans remains significant.”

3 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider

via Car and Driver

If you love this little sports car, there’s no better time to get it than this year. As it turns out, 2020 marks the final year of production for this beloved car. A spokesman for Alfa Romeo explained to Autoblog, “Production of the 4C will continue in the same production plant/line until late 2020 for the NAFTA and APAC regions.”

And in case, you’re wondering what’s next for this Italian brand, that would be the subcompact crossover Tonale, which is expected to arrive in the U.S. later this year.

2 BMW I8

via Business Insider

Yes, the auto industry may be heading towards the production of more electric vehicles. Nonetheless, it seems BMW isn’t convinced that its i8 should remain in production. A press release in September 2019 confirmed as much when the carmaker promoted the i8 Sophisto Edition.

The carmaker explained, “The BMW i8 Ultimate Sophisto Edition is the final chapter in the story of a very special car which, since its launch in 2014, has become the world’s most successful plug-in-hybrid sports car.” Only 200 units of the i8 Coupe and Roadster were made.

1 Mercedes-Benz SLC


Mercedes-Benz made the announcement about the SLC as early as 2019. The car first appeared as the model SLK which made its debut in the color Yellowstone. And to give the car model a memorable sendoff, Mercedes-Benz explained:

“In honor of this world premiere, the Final Edition of the AMG SLC 43 is available in the exclusive paint finish Sun Yellow. Boasting an extensive range of equipment and unique interior details, the special edition of the SLC marks the pinnacle of the current model generation.”

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