These Once-Popular Cars Have Been Discontinued for 2018
Time marches on, and with each year we lose a remnant of the past. In 2018, we’ll likely see the full-scale Tesla Model 3 rollout, a new Ford Bronco, a mid-engine Corvette, and a Jeep Wrangler-based pickup truck. But quite a few models are shuffling off this mortal coil before we get there. Some of these cars were great, some were terrible, and some were incredibly popular at one point. But in the end, they couldn’t keep up with the march of progress.
As 2018 shapes up to be a big year for new model releases, here’s a look at 10 models that won’t make it.
1. Chevrolet SS
Launched in late 2013, the SS was a true dream car. Essentially last decade’s Pontiac G8 GT, the Chevy SS was a full-size, rear-wheel drive sedan with the C6 Corvette’s LS3 V8 and a six-speed manual gearbox. This super sedan cranked out 415 horsepower and 415 pound-feet of torque and was compared to BMW’s sublime E39 M5. Alas, its $46,000-and-up price tag proved too rich for most, and Chevy only sold around 12,000 of them. The final nail came when General Motors shuttered the SS plant in Australia in early 2017. There might be a few new ones left on dealer lots, but the SS is already a thing of the past.
2. Dodge Viper
Ever since America first got a look at the Dodge Viper back in 1992, it’s been in love. While the Corvette has been engineered to compete with supercars, the Viper has always been a bona fide exotic. But the beloved V10-powered bruiser has run out of gas. Sales for the expensive, largely hand-built car have fallen off, and Fiat Chrysler found it would be too expensive to replace the aging car. The Viper disappeared once before, from 2010 to 2013. This time, FCA assures us it isn’t coming back.
3. Buick Verano
The Verano was a comfortable, quiet, respectable compact sedan — in short, it was a Buick. But times are changing, and the popular brand was having a hard time selling its Chevy Cruze-based model. Soon, the Verano will be a thing of the past as Buick focuses on selling more of its high-demand crossovers, such as the Encore.
4. Chrysler 200
There might still be a few “new” 2017 Chrysler 200s still left on Chrysler lots, but this car has been dead as a door nail for some time. Launched in 2015, the 200 was supposed to be a cornerstone of Chrysler’s next phase. But just a year into production, slow sales and poor reviews doomed the car. FCA quickly axed the car, and production ended in December 2016. For 2018, Chrysler is offering just two models: the aging 300 sedan and the Pacifica minivan.
5. Hyundai Azera
The Azera was never a strong seller, but it was one of the most comfortable and value-packed full-size sedans on the market. But with the midsize Sonata getting better, and Hyundai’s Genesis luxury brand growing, the company felt it was time to part ways with its aging near-luxury model. Although it’s history in America, it will live on in other markets as the Hyundai Grandeur.
6. Infiniti QX70
With SUV and crossover sales surging, this one is a bit of a head-scratcher at first. The Infiniti QX70 was a trailblazer when it was introduced back in 2003, with its good looks and upmarket interior. But the introduction of the similar (and newer) QX50 means Infiniti has no room for this model anymore. Interestingly, the company is planning on a new QX70, but it just won’t get here until at least 2021.
7. Jeep Patriot
Let’s not mince words here: The Jeep Patriot was a dog. Introduced in 2006, its slab sides were designed to recall the legendary XJ Cherokee. But it was based on the Dodge Caliber platform, the majority of them were front-wheel drive, and they seemed allergic to even light off-roading. Like the Chrysler 200, the Patriot story ended in December 2016, though a number were sold as 2017 models. For 2018, it’s been replaced with the new Jeep Compass.
8. Lexus CT200h
On paper, the CT200h always looked good. A compact hybrid hatchback, the car was great on gas, looked cool, and was one of the most affordable ways to become a new Lexus owner. But it was painfully slow, the interior didn’t feel particularly special, and with gas prices staying low there wasn’t much of an excuse to buy one. The CT will carry on in other markets, but in the U.S. it’s a thing of the past.
9. Volkswagen CC
Launched in 2009, the CC seemed to be a decades-long dream come true for Volkswagen: It was a drop-dead gorgeous luxury sedan that was both affordable and could hold its own with in-house rival Audi. But sales quickly fell off a cliff. After selling nearly 30,000 units in 2012, sales dropped to under 2,000 for 2017. But there’s a silver lining here. For 2018, Volkswagen is replacing it with the head-turning Arteon sedan.
10. Honda Accord Coupe
A few decades ago, there were dozens of coupe models based on full- and midsize sedans. In 2017, there was one left: the Honda Accord Coupe. For 2018, the two-door Accord is a thing of the past. Although it’s been replaced with what could be the most impressive Accord of all time, we can’t help but think the sheet metal on the new car would’ve looked great with just two doors.
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