Saturday, December 29, 2018


The shift in consumer preferences for SUVs over passenger cars has been so dramatic in the past two years that many famous nameplates will be retired by the end of 2019. Here is a list of passenger cars currently sold in the USA, which will simply no longer be manufactured after 2019.

Consumers will be able to buy most from the vast stockpile of unsold vehicles, until the supply is exhausted, and some (like the VW Toureg) will remain available in other global markets.

The biggest number of sedans on the hit list are from the GM catalogue, and despite Ford saying it would only field two passenger cars from 2019 onwards – Focus and Mustang – it appears that Focus will be killed off too.

Here's a list of the inmates on death row at General Motors .....
From top left: Buick LaCrosse, Cadillac ATS, Cadillac STS, Cadillac CT6 (centre),
Chevrolet Volt ER, Chevrolet Impala, Chevrolet Cruze

Meanwhile, in nearby Dearborn the Ford product planners will kill off the Ford Focus (top), the Ford C-Max (centre), and the Ford Taurus.

Ford, like GM and FIAT Chrysler, cannot turn out SUVs and trucks fast enough.

With the USA virtually self-sufficient in oil, thanks to fracking, fuel prices have dropped dramatically, so that means more big pickups and SUV are populating America's freeways.

Among the importers, panic has also set in as some well-known, and some iconic models bite the dust.

The list includes the VW Beetle and VW Toureg.

Plus, the Toyota Prius V, the Nissan Joke (er, sorry the 'Juke'), and the Honda CRZ.

Hyundai will sacrifice the Azera, which stopped dead, after the Koreans switched their luxury car focus to Genisis.
Here's a tip: This list is going to get bigger. Much bigger. And it will spread across the globe into all markets.