Car Brands That Won't Survive Much Longer
Hello people of the internet. I'm Nico and today I am talking about some of the car brands that I don't think will be in business much longer.
It's no surprise that car brands come and go with market shifts, economic disasters, and all the other things that plague manufacturers. Today I have compiled a list of all the car brands that I don't think we will see a few years down the road. Along with each one I will be giving my thoughts on why I think they will be going out of business.
This one should be fairly obvious but if you don't know much about them I'll give you a quick run down. Infiniti is Nissan's luxury brand in the same way that Lexus is Toyota's luxury brand. That's just about where the similarities end though. Lexus seems to selling pretty much all of their cars like they're burgers but Infiniti sales have been dwindling substantially over the past few years. In 2017 they sold 153,415 units in the United States. Which isn't exactly a mighty number but compared to what followed it's impressive. The following year, that number had dropped to 149,280 units. By 2019 sales dropped further to 117,708 units. This may sound like a disaster yes but it's not as bad as 2020 (unsurprisingly). This past year Infiniti only managed to sell 79,503 units. Of course some amount of that is probably due to COVID-19 but the trend beforehand is already pretty clear. Infiniti is a shell of it's former self and 2021 seems to put the nail in the coffin. The only sales figures available go till March of this year but even they are dismal compared to 2020. In January and February, Infiniti sold about 2,000 (Jan) and 4,000 (Feb) cars less than the prior year, with only March doing better, though only marginally. Infiniti are definitely on a roll...downhill and it looks like they are soon to reach the bottom of the slope.
This is another pretty obvious one. Chrysler have been cutting down their line up and have been traded between companies around like that one sorority girl everyone knows. One look at their range of products tells you all you need to know. They have four vehicles that they offer: The 300, Pacifica, Pacifica Hybrid (yes they consider those to be separate vehicles on their website), and the Voyager (basically another Pacifica). Quite possibly the most pathetic lineup of any manufacturer today.
Admittedly, they do now have the financial backing of the recently formed "Stellantis" parent company but even so, the famed "SRT" performance branch was recently axed, indicating that maybe it isn't that hot on money. At the very least they aren't too keen on spending much on Chrysler. Presumably, this is because sales figures have declined significantly since their peak in 2005. Back then Chrysler sold 641,406 vehicles but since then it has declined to just 126,972 sales in 2019 and a mere 110,285 sales for 2020. As is with Infiniti, sales have been spiraling downward. There is still hope for 2021, as sales in the first two months have been above the previous year (March was lower but lets ignore that) but I don't have high expectations to be completely honest.
It's no surprise that Maserati have never been as hot of a seller as any of the other premium performance cars brands. And while they were improving over the years since the economic crash in 2008, they're form has slumped again. From 2008 to 2012 sales were increasing but only marginally with a big jump coming in 2013. Things kept looking up till 2017 (except for 2015) but since then sales have dropped like the mic after Eminem finished a verse. Maserati peaked with over 51,000 sales (worldwide) back in 2017 but only managed to sell 34,900 cars in 2018 and a measly 19,300 cars in 2019. Presumably sales in 2020 were even worse as they were with most brands, but I can't state that for sure because I didn't find figures for 2020. Clearly Maserati isn't doing too hot though of course it is possible they stay around because of the Levante SUV, which has been ok in terms of sales, and having the financial backing of Stellantis certainly helps but I don't see a long lasting future for Maserati.
What do you think about these brands' seemingly imminent death? Do you think that they will survive a while longer? What other brands do you think will go out of business? Let me know in the comments below!
Thank you for taking the time to read! Good luck, Godspeed, and may the Force be with you in all your endeavors.
Infiniti sales figures: www.goodcarbadcar.net/infiniti-us-sales-figures/
Chrysler sales figures: www.goodcarbadcar.net/chrysler-us-sales-figures/
Maserati sales figures: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maserati