As 2018 comes to an end, it unfortunately means, we’ll need to bid farewell to some of our favorite cars.
A manufacturer may choose to discontinue a car model for many reasons. For example, it could be that sales are dipping (e.g. Ford announced earlier this year it would stop manufacturing all passenger cars by 2020, except for the Focus hatchback and Mustang), the design could be outdated (e.g. Nissan canceled production of their Xterra line since consumer preference shifted over the years), or they could also simply just choose to replace it with something entirely new (e.g. Chevrolet discontinued production of the Blazer and launched a more modern version of the SUV under the name Trailblazer). This happens every year, so don’t fret, it’s inevitable and part of each car model’s lifespan.
Here’s the hit list of 15 cars being discontinued in 2018. Some on this list are consumer favorites, others had a very hard time gaining popularity.
- Chevrolet Sonic
The second generation Chevy Aveo was renamed Sonic and made its debut in 2010 at the Paris Motor Show. Apparently, there was some confusion on how to correctly pronounce “Aveo.”
- Ford Focus Sedan
The last American made Focus rolled off the assembly line on May 4th, 2018 in Michigan. Ford announced earlier this year that it’s discontinuing all cars by 2020 except two.
- Buick Verano
Originally debuted in 2010 during the North American International Auto Show and was Buick’s first compact car since ‘98. Surprisingly this car has been selling like hot-cakes (in Canada) since GM announced it will be discontinued.
- Alfa Romeo 4C Coupe
Introduced at the Geneva Motor Show in 2011, voted “Most Beautiful Concept Car of the Year” in 2011 and to be discontinued after 2018.
- Smart Fortwo
The smallest car on the planet, introduced to the world by Daimler AG in 1998 will be discontinued. Its electric sibling, which was launched in 2013, will remain on the market.
- Cadilac ATS Sedan
Originally introduced in 2013 the Sedan never managed to take off and compete with the likes of BMW or Mercedes-Benz, so it’s getting axed.
- Chrysler 200
Shortest production run? Maybe. After only 365 days of production, this car is being discontinued without a replacement. Sergio Marchionne (CEO) stated it was a terrible investment.
- Dodge Viper
One of the hottest cars (and the plant it’s being manufactured in) is going away at the end of the year. You’ll be missed, fancy sports cars.
- Jeep Patriot
Introduced in 2006 at the New York Auto Show and manufactured in Illinois, the Patriot will be discontinued. Remarkably, it never received a facelift in its 11 years of production.
- Infiniti QX70
Out with the old, in with the new. Infinity will reveal an all-new QX50 midsize crossover going on sale in early 2019 and a significantly updated QX80 full-size luxury SUV.
- Mercedes-Benz B- Class
The non-electric version was only available in California and its production was limited. No wonder it’s being discontinued and replaced with the EV version.
- Hyundai Azera
This car never really caught on. Hyundai acknowledged extremely slow sales for 2017. The car just never converted.
- Mitsubishi Lancer
The company has decided to focus on SUVs, so this passenger car doesn’t have a seat at the table anymore. Not that it really had one to beginn with since it couldn’t really compete in the market.
- Nissan Quest
This car never went mainstream and just couldn’t compete with the likes of Honda, Toyota or Chrysler. Also, who buys minivans these days?
- Volkswagen Beetle
It was announced in March the Beetle will be discontinued in 2019. With a move to being a full-line, family-focused automaker in the U.S., they plan to ramp up their plans on electric vehicles. There are no plans to replace the Beetle.