Check Out All The Cars That Won’t Be With Us In 2019

2018 is coming to a close and the automotive world will likely remember it as the beginning of the end for the American sedan.

Things kicked off in April when Ford announced plans to eliminate all sedans in North America in order to focus on trucks and crossovers. The so-called ‘Blue Oval Bloodbath’ effectively meant cars not named Mustang were being put out to pasture.

More recently, General Motors piled on the bad news by announcing plans to kill an assortment of  sedans in North America. These include everything from the luxurious Cadillac CT6 to the popular Chevrolet Cruze.

USA Today recently compiled a list of some of the models that got the axe this year and we’ve decided to expand on it to include some of the models that got an unceremonious death or a date with the undertaker.

Ford Fusion

Ford introduced the 2019 Fusion at the New York Auto Show and it featured an updated design and a newly standard Co-Pilot 360 suite of driver assistance systems. Despite the updates and relatively strong sales of 209,623 units in the United States last year, the Fusion is headed for the automotive afterlife.

Ford Focus

The all-new Ford Focus is raking up awards in Europe and we came away pretty impressed when we drove the car last month. Unfortunately, Americans won’t have a chance to get behind the wheel as Ford has decided to drop the Focus on this side of the Atlantic.

Ford Focus Active

Prepares the shortest lived model on the list, the Focus Active was confirmed for North America as a consolation prize for the death of American-made sedans. Those plans were short lived as Ford reversed course this summer thanks to the trade war between China and the United States.

Ford Taurus

While the Focus Active was somewhat interesting, the same can’t be said about the Taurus. Large, bland and boring, the Taurus is well past its prime and is largely forgettable.

Even the once interesting Taurus SHO is an afterthought as the similarly priced Dodge Charger SRT 392 features rear-wheel drive and a 6.4-liter Hemi V8 engine that develops 485 hp (361 kW / 491 PS) and 475 lb-ft (643 Nm) of torque. To put those numbers into perspective, the Charger has 120 hp (89 kW / 121 PS) and 125 lb-ft (169 Nm) of torque more than SHO.

Ford C-Max

Speaking of bland Fords, the C-Max was envisioned a Toyota Prius competitor but it was largely met with a shrug from consumers. Sales hovered at around 20,000 units annually in the United States, a mere fraction of annual Prius sales.

Buick LaCrosse

Switching gears to General Motors, the Buick LaCrosse will go out of production next year. Large sedans have fallen out of favor with American consumers and LaCrosse sales have consistently fallen since 2014. Last year, the automaker only sold 20,161 units in the United States.

Cadillac XTS

The XTS is a holdover from Cadillac’s days as a purveyor of large, front-wheel drive luxury sedans. Despite its old school nature, the model is still relatively popular with consumers as buyers snapped up 16,275 units last year. However, the XTS isn’t long for this world as production will end late next year.

Cadillac CT6

The CT6 is Cadillac’s flagship sedan and it received a facelift and a high-performance V variant for 2019. Both will be short lived as North American production will end on June 1st. This is a sad fate as the CT6 V features a twin-turbo 4.2-liter V8 that develops an estimated 550 hp (410 kW / 557 PS) and 627 lb-ft (850 Nm) of torque.

Cadillac ATS

It’s easy to forget the ATS sedan was axed earlier this year, but it won’t share the same fate as the CT6 and XTS. While those models are gone for good, the ATS will effectively be replaced by an all-new CT3 / CT4.

Chevrolet Cruze

The Cruze wasn’t the best compact sedan on the market, but it was competent and recently given a facelift for 2019. Despite the update and respectable sales figures, the model will be phased out on March 1st.

Chevrolet Impala

Like the Buick LaCrosse and Ford Taurus, the Chevrolet Impala is a large sedan that has seen dwindling sales in the past few years. While Chevrolet sold over 172,000 Impalas in 2010, that number dropped to 75,877 units last year.

Chevrolet Volt

The Volt helped to usher in GM’s electrification push, but it was only a modest sales success. Sales peaked at 24,739 units in 2016 and have largely hovered around the 20,000 unit mark. Those numbers aren’t great and the Volt been overshadowed by the Bolt in recent years.

Volkswagen Beetle

The Volkswagen Beetle is an icon and the company said goodbye earlier this year when it introduced the Final Edition at the Los Angeles Auto Show. However, it could be revived in the near future as Volkswagen is reporting working an electric five-door hatchback which will incorporate a number of Beetle styling cues.

Hyundai Azera

Hyundai announced plans to drop the Azera in 2017 and it’s easy to forget the model was never offered this year. Despite being large, luxurious and competitively priced, the Azera was never a hit and US buyers only snapped up 3,060 units last year.

Nissan Juke

While sedans make up a bulk of this list, Americans also said goodbye to a couple of crossovers. The Juke was kicked to the curb by the all-new Kicks and some people may mourn its death as the company’s replacement is front-wheel drive only.

Volkswagen Touareg

Like the Juke, the Volkswagen Touareg was getting long in tooth. However, Volkswagen introduced a redesigned model overseas and decided not to offer it stateside. This is a bit disappointing as the 2019 Touareg is larger and more luxurious than its predecessor. However, the model is a premium product which makes it tough sell in America where it has to compete with the more affordable Atlas.

Those are just some of the models that got the kiss of death this year and there are a handful of others that aren’t returning for 2019. Among them are the Alfa Romeo 4C Coupe, Chevrolet City Express and Infiniti Q70 Hybrid.

  • Craig

    Silly perhaps. Because what does it matter really. But I feel angry at those who decided to kill off the CT6 [especially] and the XTS. I’m dumbfounded by the sheer stupidity of it all. Shame on them. Killing off the king [i.e. their flagship] just as it was about to become a formidable foe.

    • Ben

      Cadillac has been preaching to anyone that will listen the XTS isn’t their flagship. Naturally, once the CT6 launched we assumed it was the flagship. However, Cadillac kept saying that wasn’t the flagship either. Fair enough and ambitious, but that’s not the proper way to run a car company. You release the flagship FIRST, let everyone know what you’re truly capable of and then trickle down the style, tech and features into a cheaper vehicle.

      Perhaps you could say Cadillac’s Escalade is the flagship, but keep in mind it doesn’t have all the new features, such as super cruise, video mirror, etc that the CT6 had.

      • MarketAndChurch

        I think the CTS has been Cadillac’s flagship for the past 10 years. In terms of having a true, traditional flagship… Cadillac has been without one, leeching off the successes of its concepts that were never built but represented the hopes and dreams of every American-car fan.

        • charlotteharry57

          And, as I just posted above, the CTS should also be on this list. Cadillac will have NO sedans left, save for a possible CT4/CT3, maybe. That’s beyond idiotic!

          • bd0007

            Cadillac will have the CT4, CT5 and the production version of the Escala.

            And it’s not entirely clear yet about the fate of the CT6.

            They’ll be fine.

    • MarketAndChurch

      I’ve always defended the CT6 but it doesn’t matter if it had the body and performance of an S-class AMG 63 and the interior of a Rolls Royce, people don’t want this body style, and everyone still selling a large luxury sedan is suffering because of it. Even if Cadillac could make something of the CT6 down the road, it won’t have many competitors left in 2020 to go up against. We’re lucky if the Continental survives past 2020. The Genesis G90, Acura RLX, Jaguar XJ, and Infiniti Q70 probably won’t.

      • Ben

        Well the G90 just got redesigned, so its likely to stay. The RLX has always been a fringe vehicle and never lived up to the Legend. The Jaguar XJ was a wonderful revelation when it came out, but they didn’t want to participate in the technology wars with S-class, 7-Series and A8. I think they are currently the poster boy for extreme depreciation. No prediction on the Q70.

        In terms of public perception, the Escalade is the flagship. Its what’s used in movies, high end hotels, and seen with affluent families. I rarely see CTS mixed in with the high end sedans (not saying it can’t compete), but I often do see a range rover replaced with an Escalade.

        I think the CTS-V is GREAT, but they’ve let it go to the weeds much like Jaguar’s XJ. The performance bargain isn’t enough. You HAVE to play the technology game and the big German three are very adept in that manner. The same can be said for the ATS-V. Many people forget, performance number wise and critic opinion, it had the M4 pinned! However, BMW massaged the numbers and released newer trims of the M4 that the ATS-V can’t compete with. Its not enough to release and watch. The luxury game moves quickly.

        • MarketAndChurch

          The G90 just got a facelift on the front and back, and a touchup on the inside. It’s still the same car, and this face-lift came just 2 years after it was first introduced which means that this is really a one last ditched effort hail Mary attempt by Genesis to keep the car alive. They sold just 72 of them in the entire US last month. The coming recession in 2019 or 2020 will more than likely kill off all of those cars, at least in the US.

          In terms of technology, the CTS was Cadillac’s go-to for the past 10 years, debuting vehicle-to-vehicle tech as recently as 2 years ago, until the CT6 arrived and debut super cruise. In terms of social popularity and branding, nothing in Cadillac’s portfolio comes close to the Escalade. But it’s nothing more than a reskin of the Chevy Suburban and far from a technical showcase or an engineering marvel. In terms of which Cadillac people prefer to buy, that would go to the XT5 by a long-shot, but you don’t expect a brand’s flagship to also be its best-seller. This is why I don’t think Cadillac has a flagship, aside from maybe the CTS-V/CT6 and the Escalade taking turns being the lead representation of the Cadillac brand. It’s like they’re just filling in for the absence of a true flagship, because each one has a quality seen in a traditional flagship, but Cadillac has not yet designed a product that brings together all of these qualities and traits into one product.

          I also think the German 3’s lead over Lexus, Cadillac, Lincoln, Infiniti, and Volvo, has more to do with brand perception than performance or being the leaders of technology.

          • Ben

            So what’s the draw to Lexus? Yes, they’ll last hundreds of thousands of miles, but fact is E-class, S-class, Range Rover drivers aren’t keeping their vehicles that long. Thus, they’re limited to those who value reliability more than badge, but a majority of those customers are put on edge by the polarizing looks. Also having a critically hated infotainment system doesn’t help.

            Sometimes called the “The Japanese BMW”, Infiniti is in a tough spot of fending off Nissan. Infiniti’s don’t really offer actual luxury features, but merely “nice to have tech” that Nissan has too. They’ve let their VQ engines sit on life support and they truly don’t have a halo vehicle.

            Volvo is comfortable where they’re at, being a safety leader. They’ve always been like that. I still say they do minimalism the best in the automotive industry. Porsche comes second, then Audi and Tesla trails by looking “cheap for the money you pay”, interior-wise.

            All this to say, yes, German’s big three have a brand perception that fuels sales. However, other luxury manufactures aren’t fully firing on all cylinders like they should in order to compete toe to toe.

          • bd0007

            Wouldn’t exactly say that Audi’s brand perception fuels sales of its higher end sedans – the A6 and A8.

          • bd0007

            The G90 went into production in 2015, so it’s right on schedule for its facelift (we won’t see the facelifted version ti; the 2020MY).

        • Matteo Tommasi

          The jaguar xj will be replaced by a new xj for the 100 years of Jaguar

      • Thetruthísntalwayspopular

        It’s funny how people still want S classes, A8’s, 7 series and Lexus LS models.

        • bd0007

          Except, people really don’t A8’s (at least not here in the US) and even the 7 Series and LS500 don’t sell that well.

      • Craig

        But I don’t want nothing but SUV’s and pickup trucks. Do you?

      • bd0007

        The CT6 was never a true flagship model and Cadillac has the production version of the Escala on the way.

  • TheBelltower

    Some very good cars on this list.

  • Christian

    they still sell an oudatet Fiesta… JEZZ… Even with a 1,6 N/A as an engine WTF…. 3RD WORLD US

  • Navy✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    Good bye nice Impala!

  • Dennis Scipio

    Didn’t Buick just facelifted the LaCrosse for the 2020 Model Year and now it’s being discontinued? I guess it will only be in China.

  • erly5

    How is Cadillac expected to compete with the likes of Mercedes, BMW, Audi, Lexus, Infiniti and Acura etc if they are getting rid of the XTS and CT6?

    • baofe

      GM is aiming on competing in the truck/suv market instead as that is where they make the most of their profits. That along with their autonomous/alt. transportation is where they are shifting focus to.

      As for Ford, sedan sales are slowing down and they know that. In the long run it wouldn’t make sense to keep sedan production going as they can dedicate those resources and plants to make other more profitable cars. It’s all a business at the end of the day.

      • DGC

        They could ‘INVEST’ in new designs and engineering…. maybe market them a little? They marketed the hell out of the EcoSport and sold what 2? Meanwhile they have the deign done, complete and ready to play for the Ford Fiesta….

    • MarketAndChurch

      Ford sold 300,000 Fusions in 2013-15. They dropped to 265,000 in 2016. And then to 209,000 in 2017. This year, they’re not even at 160,000, with one month left to go. At some point, they have to acknowledge industry trends and consumer tastes/loyalties, and not listen to car fans who tell them: “Next Year will be different.”

      • DGC

        Most of the Focus/Fusion drivers who are looking to replace their 500,000 +/_ 2013-15 sedans I guess will be marching towards other brands…. Such short-sighted of Ford! Any company that alienates 20% of it’s clients is not long for this world.

        • MarketAndChurch

          You’re making the assumption that those former Fusion customers will migrate over to other cars in the segment, when really they will only migrate over to Toyota or Honda. Maybe Nissan, at worse. The Passat, Mazda 6, Legacy, Optima, Sonata, etc. will all continue to lose sales. So this is an issue of mind share, and Toyota and Honda have the most so people will buy their products no matter what.

          Then there’s the fact that even those two are seeing their car sales decline.

          Then there’s the fact that you are making the assumption that the next vehicle purchase of those former Fusion customers Will also be a car, instead of a SUV.

    • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

      “And Ford sold in excess of 200,000 Fusions last year and still it’s for the chop? Bizarre decisions to say the least!”

      The Fusion is a good car, but it has huge incentives on the hood to move them, their fleet ratio is super high, and that hurts their overall profitability.

      If the vehicle isn’t profitable to sell, why would the manufacturer continue to sell it? It isn’t a bizarre business decision.

    • bd0007

      The XTS was a livery fleet special and the CT6 will be replaced by the production version of the Escala.

  • brn

    “Check Out All The Cars That Won’t Be With Us In 2019”

    First car in your list is a 2019 model.

  • charlotteharry57

    Except for the Ford Focus, Azera, Juke and Toureg (never could spell that one), there is not a single model listed that will be gone for 2019 and the last 3 were gone for 2018. Some, like the Ford Fusion, live on until model year 2021. Horrible reporting. Go take a nap, please. F minus for this effort.

  • How could the Fusion be out in the 2019 MY when that model pictured is a 2019 model? And why is the Focus Active even on the list when it wasn’t even launched in the first place? Laughable.

  • David

    I guess the list is about right, most of these are just meh, I will miss the Fusion that I drove many times and I liked it, also the Cadillac CT6 that can’t afford but if I had the money I would love to own one. The rest go ahead take’m.

    • ErnieB

      I owned a fusion and that damn thing was solid!

      • David

        Totally agree, is a great car, good looking, nice interior, I will see if I can get me a used 2018 or 2019.

  • Thetruthísntalwayspopular

    Consumers aren’t dropping Sedans, just American sedans! The Japanese , Germans and other Europeans will continue to provide full line ups. Gm and Ford ONCE AGAIN are incredibly reactionary and short sighted.

    • Enoch Gabriel Gonzales

      Lol, This is how Isuzu, suzuki and soon, mitsubishi died in the US.

      • Thetruthísntalwayspopular

        This is a rather vague statement. What are you elaborating to?

        • Enoch Gabriel Gonzales

          they make crappy cars, have declining sales and thought turning every vehicle in their line-up into an SUV would save them

          • Thetruthísntalwayspopular

            Your commentary is not surprising given your rather uninformed and ignorant history.

  • Marty

    Since only Americans buy American cars it makes sense to drop models that don’t sell well. Nobody will miss them outside the US.

    (And no, the Fords we drive in Europe aren’t American, they’re designed here. So it also makes sense to stop selling them to Americans.)

  • Bash

    That’s a long list with not a single bad car!

  • Yishay

    It just doesn’t make sense to kill the CT6. It was just starting to take off a bit.

    The Buick La Crosse was probably the best designed Buick in a while, so it’s odd that it didn’t really sell. I’d love to have one.

    The Ford Taurus was owed a proper redesign. It’s a pity they’ve given up on it.

    • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

      “It just doesn’t make sense to kill the CT6. It was just starting to take off a bit.”

      It was taking off for black car/livery/fleet sales due to HUGE incentives to move them.

      That doesn’t make it profitable for the manufacturer.

  • charlotteharry57

    After reading this list (and the original one elsewhere on the Internet), it really makes me want to hope for a bad recession. That’ll kill off GM, Ford and FCA for sure. Why? Because everyone else can sell sedans successfully, but not these 3. In some ways, they all need to die.

  • dhoosee

    I hope Ford chokes on their trucks and Crossovers. Short sighted. I’d never purchase one.

  • Scott Carmichael

    Badly written article. The Fusion will be around until 2021. The Focus Active never was here.

  • Knuckle Buck

    Funny how some of you say the abandonment of cars/sedans is short sighted and hope the move bites them in the ass. Most of the CUV platforms just have a tall body on it. If the market shifted back to sedans, just slap a car body on them.

    • Chris Ako

      However it still possible that the SUV trend could reverse. People like to stand out plus the SUV craze is mainly due to marketing. Most people I know who own an SUV dont even use all the utility or go offroad. It is mainly just to show. Plus many Gen Z are less likley to marry or have a family so they wont be buying SUV as much. They can always switch back to sedans but perception is everything. If your brand is not known for sedans people are less likely to buy it

      • Afi Keita James

        the electric vehicle revolution is coming.

      • Stephen G

        WOW! So many things to fix here. Yes, the “SUV” trend could reverse but not likely. Few people today are passionate about automobiles like they used to be. I remember what a hugh event October 1st was.
        It seems the consumer is more concerned with practicality and ease of use, I know I am, demonstrated by the popularity of the pick-up truck. And cars have become uncomfortable, cramped and not very user friendly. The term SUV (the way we use it) just refers to a tall station wagon, there is no implication of “off-road” capability. “Plus many Gen Z are less likley to marry or have a family so they wont be buying SUV as much.”…where to begin with this…these people need a place to put their bikes, camping/hiking, skateboard, surfboard, drone, and ski stuff into…it’s not gonna happen in a Chevy Cruze. The automobile is morphing from a stylish form of transport to be seen in into a commodity. Too bad.

    • charlotteharry57

      Easier said than done.

  • bd0007

    The ATS is actually being replaced by the CT5 and not the CT4; altho one can make a case that the ATS was actually more a subcompact sedan competitor when it came to interior space.

    As for the CT6, likely will see sales continue in the US by importing them from (uggh) China, unless the tariff situation makes it financially unfeasible (can’t see GM discontinuing the CT6 altogether so soon after a pretty comprehensive facelift, and Cadillac needs the CT6 to hang around until the production version of the Escala is ready).

    • charlotteharry57

      Incorrect. The CTS was to have been replaced by the CT5 and the ATS by the CT3/CT4. With the premature demise of the CT6, I assume all are toast. Leaving Cadillac with no cars at all. Disgusting.

      • bd0007

        It is correct.

        Cadillac is simply going back to offering “more for less” like they did w/ the 1G/2G CTS which competed in the compact segment.

        The CT5 will be similar in size to the 2G CTS and be priced for the compact segment.

        Under JdN, the CT6 was going to be Cadillac’s midship offering (but seems like the new regime is doing away w/ the CT6 in NA, unless they start importing it from China) and the Escala was going to be the proper flagship.

        The CT3/4 was always going to be the CLA/A Class, A3, etc. competitor (even if it stuck to RWD).

  • Bob White

    The market has spoken. American brands continue to be decimated which has been the trend for over 30 years. Anything built in the US is junk. Not even Americans buy them as confirmed by the top sellers in the US.

    • charlotteharry57

      ALL vehicles (including trucks and SUVs) put out by the Big 3 from the mid-70s to the early 00s were junk, I agree. And that’s why, even with much improved quality these days (they haven’t been junk for the last 15 or so years, I disagree), they are still paying the price. BUT, the market has forgiven them with trucks and SUVs, but not with cars. So, the answer is to offer low-priced, low-equipped sedans to get customers back. Instead, they push out modestly equipped ones and overprice them so they aren’t competitive. Pure stupidity.

  • sad for the CT6 wich is I think really good looking. A despite some problems a great modern “American” sedan. For the rest… The C-max looks like a vacum cleaner.

  • charlotteharry57

    Until recently, the Fusion was overpriced. For 2019, it’s a screaming steal ($25015 for a nice SE, discounted about $8K) and just might find its way back. The Cruze has been ridiculously overpriced and underequipped since ’16. It’s simply uncompetitive. And has quality issues.

  • Thunderbolt

    good riddance

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