Gone But Not Forgotten: All the Cars Being Discontinued in 2020
The beginning of a new model year is an exciting time in the automotive industry, as existing car models are redesigned for a new generation, and new models are introduced. However, as we say "hello" to many all-new and redesigned car models, we also have to say "goodbye" to existing car models that have reached the end of their lifespan, and won't be offered for another model year. Here are the 23 different vehicles that are being discontinued after the 2019 model year. NOTE: All photos were obtained from NetCarShow.com, unless otherwise noted.
1. BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo (Discontinued)
Last year, the all-new G20 generation of BMW's iconic 3 Series Sedan was introduced, with an evolutionary-rather-than-revolutionary exterior design, and many new technology features that have trickled down from other BMW models. However, the hatchback version of the 3 Series, known as the 3 Series Gran Turismo (GT), won't be renewed for a second generation. The 3 Series Gran Turismo, first introduced for the 2015 model year, took the iconic 3 Series Sedan, and gave it a new hatchback body style. However, the Gran Turismo just didn't sell enough units for BMW to keep it around for a second generation, so it's being discontinued after 2019.
2. BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo (Discontinued)
While BMW has many very successful models in its lineup, one model that hasn't been very successful is the 6 Series Gran Turismo (GT). Just introduced last year, the 6 Series Gran Turismo hasn't been a very popular seller, so 2019 will be its final model year.
3. BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe (Replaced by BMW 8 Series/M8 Gran Coupe)
The 6 Series Gran Coupe was BMW's first four-door coupe, having first been introduced for the 2014 model year. This five-passenger, four-door "coupe" took the sporty exterior styling of the iconic 6 Series Coupe, and made it more practical by adding a rear seat and a larger trunk. 2019 marked the return of the 8 Series nameplate to BMW's lineup for the first time in over 20 years, and therefore, it replaced the 6 Series. The 6 Series Gran Coupe managed to stick around for another year without changes, but after 2019, it's being discontinued. However, this is good news: as with its coupe and convertible siblings, the 6 Series Gran Coupe is being replaced by an all-new 8 Series (and M8) Gran Coupe for 2020, with a new exterior design and even more technology features, but the same, familiar four-door coupe body style. The 8 Series Gran Coupe just went on sale at BMW dealerships nationwide, and the M8 Gran Coupe will follow early next year.
4. Buick Cascada (Discontinued)
Prior to the introduction of the Cascada for the 2016 model year, there hadn't been a convertible in Buick's lineup since the 1980s. Imported from Poland, the Buick Cascada was essentially a rebadged version of the Opel/Vauxhall Cascada, which made its debut for the 2014 model year elsewhere around the world. However, with a dated interior and little variety when it came to powertrains or trim levels, the Cascada is being discontinued after the 2019 model year. General Motors (GM) sold the Opel and Vauxhall brands to Groupe PSA (who owns Citroen and Peugeot) back in 2017, and Groupe PSA is beginning to weed out General Motors (GM) products from its lineup, which means it's time for Cascada production to come to an end.
5. Buick LaCrosse (Discontinued, for North America)
The Buick LaCrosse is Buick's flagship luxury sedan, having first been introduced in 2005 (and redesigned for its third generation for the 2017 model year) to replace the aging Century and LeSabre sedans. Over the years, it has gained popularity in China, where it is also manufactured. Just last year, Buick introduced the range-toping LaCrosse Avenir luxury model, which didn't increase sales. Unfortunately, General Motors (GM) has decided to close both the Hamtramck and Oshawa Car Assembly Plants, and therefore, production of Buick's full size sedan ended a few months back, leaving the Regal sedan and Cross X Wagon and the Enclave crossover SUV as the three flagships in Buick's North American lineup after the 2019 model year. However, the LaCrosse will continue to be sold in China, where it has just been restyled for the 2020 model year.
6. Cadillac ATS/ATS-V Coupe (Replaced by Cadillac CT4/CT4 V-Sport)
Cadillac introduced its "entry-level" luxury sedan, the ATS, for the 2013 model year in order to compete with the likes of the BMW 3 Series and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, and in 2014, introduced a new two-door coupe body style. In 2015, the ATS-V, powered by a twin-turbocharged V6 engine, was introduced for both the ATS Coupe and Sedan. However, for 2019, the ATS and ATS-V Sedans were dropped from Cadillac's lineup, leaving only the ATS and ATS-V Coupes. For 2020, Cadillac has reintroduced a compact luxury sedan to their lineup, also renaming it the CT4 in the process. However, the CT4 (and its CT4 V-Sport sibling) retain a Rear Wheel Drive (RWD) platform, showing that Cadillac isn't giving up on sedans just yet. Both the CT4 and CT4 V-Sport Sedans will go on sale in early 2020, but it is unknown if a coupe variant will follow.
7. Cadillac CTS/CTS-V (Replaced by Cadillac CT5/CT5 V-Sport)
The CTS has been Cadillac's midsize luxury sedan since it was first introduced in 2003 (it was last redesigned for its third generation in 2014). The CTS-V has been around since 2005 as Cadillac's highest-performance sports sedan. However, for 2020, Cadillac is replacing the CTS with the all-new midsize CT5 and CT5 V-Sport, introducing an all-new exterior design language and new technology features. The CT5 and CT5 V-Sport go on sale at Cadillac dealerships nationwide by the end of 2019, and retain a Rear Wheel Drive (RWD) platform. Unfortunately, a CT5-V is at least a few years away, although Cadillac hasn't confirmed whether they'll be producing a high-performance version of their midsize luxury sedan.
8. Cadillac XTS (Discontinued)
Cadillac's XTS replaced the DTS (Deville Touring Sedan) for the 2013 model year, and introduced a new styling direction for Cadillac, as well as the first-generation Cadillac User Interface (CUE) infotainment system. However, it became more popular with rental fleets than consumers, and has recently been overshadowed by its larger CT6 sibling. With the closing of General Motors (GM's) Oshawa Car Assembly Plant, the XTS is ending production after the 2019 model year.
9. Chevrolet (Chevy) Cruze (Discontinued, for North America)
Chevrolet introduced the Cruze to North America for the 2011 model year, replacing the Cobalt, and selling many more units. Last redesigned for the 2016 model year, the second-generation Cruze received a facelift for 2019, as did the majority of car models in Chevrolet's lineup. A Cruze Hatchback was introduced for 2017 (as was a Cruze Diesel Sedan and Hatchback), but declining car sales in the U.S. have forced General Motors (GM) to close its Lordstown Assembly Plant where the Cruze Sedan is produced, and therefore production of the Cruze has ceased as of the summer of 2019. However, the Cruze will continue to be sold in other parts of the world.
10. Chevrolet (Chevy) Impala (Discontinued)
The Impala could be considered one of Chevrolet's longest-running nameplates, having been first introduced in 1958, and only taking a four-year hiatus after the 1996 model year, and reintroduced in its current front wheel drive (FWD) form in 2000. When the current-generation Impala was introduced for the 2014 model year, it aimed to shed its "Rental Car" image, yet still remained a comfortable and roomy sedan. However, declining sedan sales meant that General Motors (GM) had to make the decision to close both the Hamtramck and Oshawa Car Assembly Plants, where the Impala (and its platform mates, the Buick LaCrosse and Cadillac XTS) are produced. And while the Buick LaCrosse and Cadillac XTS have both been discontinued, the Chevrolet Impala lives on until at least January 2020, when it is scheduled to end production after the 2020 model year.
11. Chevrolet (Chevy) Volt (Discontinued)
The Chevrolet Volt could be considered one of the most successful electric vehicles (EV's) of all time (besides the Tesla brand), having sold many units since its introduction in 2011 (and its last redesign for the 2016 model year). However, even with General Motors' (GM's) dedication to electric vehicles (EV's) in North America (including the expansion of the Chevrolet Bolt EV lineup), both of their gasoline-electric hybrid electric vehicles (HEV's), the Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid and Chevrolet Volt, are being discontinued after the 2019 model year.
12. Ford Fiesta/Fiesta ST (Discontinued, for North America)
Back in 2011 when it was introduced in North America after being very successful in Ford's European markets, the Ford Fiesta became an instant hit with American consumers as gas prices were still high, and the American economy was recovering. However, Ford is committed to SUV's and trucks in its American lineup, and it has chosen to end production of the entry-level Fiesta (which was last redesigned for the 2014 model year, along with the Fiesta ST (otherwise known as the "FiST"), and last restyled in 2017) after the 2019 model year, while the rest of the world gets an all-new Fiesta and Fiesta ST.
13. Ford Taurus (Discontinued, for all Markets Except China)
Ford reintroduced the Taurus in its current generation for the 2010 model year, and in 2013, it became the most popular law enforcement vehicle on American roads as Ford replaced its aging and gas-guzzling Crown Victoria (affectionately known as the "Crown Vic") for police fleets across North America (known as the Police Interceptor Sedan... the civilian Taurus was restyled for 2013 as well). However, most Taurus sales have been relegated to rental fleets, and law enforcement agencies have begun a shift towards SUV's, so both the Taurus and its Police Interceptor Sedan are being discontinued after the 2019 model year. Police departments nationwide continue to purchase the Ford Explorer-based Police Interceptor Utility, which has just been redesigned for a second generation for the 2020 model year, and it will be replacing the Police Interceptor Sedan, as will a Ford Fusion-based Police Responder Hybrid, the first-ever Pursuit-rated hybrid vehicle. However, the Ford Taurus lives on as a Fusion/Mondeo-based flagship vehicle in China.
14. Ford Flex/Lincoln MKT (Discontinued)
Ford introduced the Flex crossover wagon/SUV for the 2009 model year, and Lincoln introduced its luxurious MKT in 2010. However, even with the restyling of both vehicles in 2013, Ford and Lincoln have struggled to sell their midsize crossover wagons/SUVs in North America. Therefore, production of the Ford Flex and Lincoln MKT have ended at Ford's Oakville, Ontario, Canada facility in October of 2019. The Ford Explorer and Lincoln Aviator midsize SUVs will take their place in their respective lineups for 2020.
15. Jaguar XJ/XJ L (Discontinued)
After a brief hiatus, Jaguar reintroduced its flagship XJ and XJ L Sedans for the 2011 model year with an all-new exterior design. However, Jaguar is committed to electric vehicles (EV's), so it is discontinuing its iconic XJ and XJ L full-size sedans (last restyled for the 2016 model year) after the 2019 model year.
16. Lincoln MKC (Replaced by Lincoln Corsair)
Lincoln introduced its first compact luxury crossover SUV, the Ford Escape-based MKC, for the 2015 model year, and it immediately became a popular vehicle in their lineup. For 2019, the MKC received a facelift to keep it aligned with the rest of Lincoln's lineup. However, for 2020, Ford, along with an all-new Escape compact SUV, has redesigned the Lincoln MKC, renaming it the Corsair in the process. The Lincoln Corsair will go on sale by the end of the year at Lincoln dealerships across North America.
17. Smart (Brand) (Discontinued, for North America)
It could be said that the first Mercedes-Benz engineered Smart forTwo minicar, released in 2008, couldn't have come at a better time: gas prices were high, and consumers were looking for more fuel-efficient and affordable vehicles. Mercedes-Benz introduced the third-generation (second-generation for the U.S.A.) Smart forTwo for the 2016 model year, but as consumers started to shift towards SUV's and trucks as fuel prices started to decline, sales of the Smart forTwo also began to decline. For 2018, all Smart forTwos became electric vehicles (EV's), and earlier this year, Mercedes-Benz sold the Smart brand to Chinese automotive manufacturer Geely, also deciding to exit the North American market in the process. If you want a brand new Smart Car, get to your local Smart dealership as soon as possible before they're all gone at the end of the 2019 model year. The Smart brand is not dead, however, as it will continue to be sold in other parts of the world.
18. Toyota Prius c (Discontinued, Prius c for North America)
The Toyota Prius c (known as the Toyota Aqua in its home country of Japan) was first introduced to North America for the 2012 model year (last restyled for the 2018 model year), and offered consumers who wanted a Prius hybrid, but the price point was too high, an affordable hybrid vehicle. Unfortunately, the Prius c has struggled to sell as well as its larger Prius sibling, and thus, it has been dropped from Toyota's North American lineup after the 2019 model year. The Toyota Aqua still continues to be sold in its home market of Japan.
19. Volkswagen (VW) Beetle (Discontinued)
The Volkswagen (VW) Beetle was first introduced in 1938, and has affectionately been dubbed "The Bug" due to its ladybug-like design. In 2012, the Beetle was redesigned, reintroducing its iconic "retro" exterior design and updating the interior with modern technology (it was last restyled for the 2017 model year). However, Volkswagen (VW) has decided to discontinue the Beetle after the 2019 model year, ending production at their Puebla, Mexico facility, where it had been in production for decades. Volkswagen (VW) will retain the final Beetle for its collection, which rolled off the assembly line earlier this year.
20. Volkswagen (VW) Golf Sport Wagon/Alltrack and Golf R (Discontinued)
Volkswagen (VW) introduced the replacement for the Jetta Sport Wagon for the 2015 model year, alongside the MK. VII Golf and GTI hatchbacks. For 2017, the Golf Alltrack was introduced as a more ruggedly-styled version of the Golf Sport Wagon, as was the high-performance Golf R hatchback (the entire Golf/GTI/Sport Wagon/Alltrack/R lineup was restyled for the 2019 model year). However, Volkswagen (VW) has chosen not to renew the Golf Sport Wagon and Alltrack for the Mk. VIII generation of Golf, and has also chosen to put the Golf R hatchback on (temporary) hiatus. While a Mk. VIII Golf R is expected to be introduced next year, the current (Mk. VII) Golf R was dropped after the 2019 model year.
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