2017 will be the last model year for a lot of vehicles. There are various reasons for the exit of these models. Some companies are downsizing or consolidating, but mostly poor sales numbers and lack of interest have caused their demise. It always comes back to the dollar.
Buick’s entry-level sedan lasted a whole five years. In a market with some tough German competition, the Verano just came across feeling more like the dressed up Chevy Cruze that it was. It turns out that lots of sound deadening and some fake portholes didn’t fool anyone.
This one’s a bit more complicated. You see, the SS is based largely on the Holden Commodore, and is also built in Australia. Well, GM has been talking about shutting down Holden since 2013 and so when Holden goes, the SS goes with it. Look at the bright side, not only is the SS an enthusiasts dream, but also will become a collector’s gem. Get one while you still can!
Oh, the Viper. We’ll miss it, but pretty sure we’ll see it again soon. You can read more about the Viper here.
Honda Accord Coupe
America buys a lot of Honda Accord sedans. America does not buy a lot of Honda Accord two-doors. The Accord is all-new for 2018, but there’s no longer a place for the not-so-sporty and not-so-luxurious two-door. Just not enough interest.
Large sedans have it rough, in part because mid-size sedans have enormous interiors for about eight-tenths the price. The Hyundai Azera was a full-size sedan that faded into the background of an already anonymous new car segment. Expect Hyundai to be putting more focus on the crossover market.
Hyundai Accent Hatchback
For now, fuel prices are not a huge issue and as new engines are designed to use less and less of it, the compact market is in for a change. Watch your backs Ford Fiesta and Kia Rio. You’re likely next.
Credit—or blame—the Infiniti QX70 for igniting the segment-busting, sporty-over-practical crossover craze. When it debuted as the Infiniti FX, this five-door boasted impressive performance and not much utility. Today, its spirit will live on in the BMW X6 and Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class Coupe, among others.
Jeep decided to focus on a single compact SUV. Compass is a name that is easy to recognize around the globe, so the Patriot name plate is no longer needed.
We bet you didn’t even know the Mercedes-Benz B-Class was sold here. Offered only in select markets as an electric car, the B-Class was something of a place-filler while Mercedes tried to figure out if there was a market for gas-free cars.
Maybe, just maybe, Mitsubishi is ahead of the curve on this one. The trend, if you haven’t noticed, is moving toward the crossover market and leaving behind smaller and even some mid-sized sedans. This Japanese automaker is betting its future on crossovers instead of sedans, so it’s dropping the slow-selling Lancer compact.
Simply put.. wrong market. But then, when the car can only travel 60 miles and looks like that, is there a right market?
Nissan’s on-again, off-again Quest has finally bitten the dust, and we doubt anyone will notice. Quests haven’t actually been on dealer lots in ages. Instead, Nissan has been delivering the handful it makes only to rental car fleets.
With its long smooth roofline and stylish interior, the Volkswagen CC is the antidote to bland mid-size sedans. The CC is a goner, but those who want a sporty coupe-like sedan will soon find the VW Arteon in showrooms.
If you have an interest in grabbing one of these vehicles in brand new condition, don’t hesitate.
They won’t be around long.