All Cars Discontinued for 2020
These are the 13 cars that you won’t make it into 2020by Ciprian Florea, on LISTEN 11:25
2019 brought more than a hundred new vehicle into dealerships, but it was also the final year for quite a few models.
Whether really old platforms or slow sellers, some important nameplates went into the history books and won’t be available for purchase in 2020. Here’s a list of the 13 cars that you will no longer find in dealerships in 2020.
The Audi A3 is already eight years old as of 2020 and the facelift introduced in 2017 didn't bring massive changes.
As a result, sales are declining, especially since the competition offers newer models with better technology. While the sedan and the hatchback will soldier on for a bit longer, the cabriolet model will no longer be produced in 2020. The main reason for this is that the A5 Cabriolet moves more units yearly so the smaller drop-top is no longer feasible, especially with the TT Roadster still around. The latter will remain the smallest and most affordable drop-top in Audi’s lineup for the 2020 model year. This won’t affect the U.S. market though, where the A3 is not available in convertible trim anyway.
The TT is also going the way of the dodo bird, but it will happen later in 2020.
The German automaker confirmed this during its annual general meeting in May 2019, but didn’t provide a specific date. But given that the third-generation TT is already six years old in 2020, it probably won’t make it to 2021. Audi also revealed that it will replace the TT with an all-electric sports car ’in the same price range.’ This will happen ’in a few years’ though, so the TT will leave a void in the lineup.
Read our full review on the 2019 Audi TT
The iconic BMW 3 Series passes into 2020 in a new generation. The G20 already spawned a wagon version and will eventually become available as a higher performance M3.
The 3 Series Gran Turismo, however, won't be revived.
BMW confirmed this in August 2019, a few months after the latest 3 Series went on sale. Introduced in 2013, the 3 Series Gran Turismo featured a hatchback-style rear end and a longer wheelbase. The GT also had a roomier trunk and enhanced legroom for rear-seat passengers. Although it survived on the market for six years, the 3 Series Gran Turismo proved to be unsuccessful in terms of sales. I guess no one will miss it.
Much like the 3 Series Gran Turismo, the 6 Series Gran Coupe was a somewhat weird model.
Essentially a four-door version of the 6 Series coupe, the Gran Coupe battled the Mercedes-Benz CLS for sales and failed to keep up. With the 6 Series replaced by the 8 Series and an 8 Series Gran Coupe model in showrooms, the old four-door was retired after seven years on the market. The 6 Series Gran Turismo, on the other hand, remains on offer as a separate nameplate that was redesigned in 2017.
Introduced in 2016 to much fanfare, the flagship CT6 sedan will go into the history books in early 2020 when Cadillac will halt production at its Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant.
Despite bringing innovations to the market and riding on a bespoke platform, the CT6 wasn’t as successful as Cadillac hoped, moving fewer than 40,000 units in three and a half years. That’s as much as the XTS managed in 2017 and 2018, before being discontinued in 2019. The CT6 also couldn’t keep up with competitors like the Mercedes-Benz S-Class and BMW 7 Series due to poor marketing and a dull design. Sadly, the Blackwing V-8 engine that injects more than 600 horsepower in the V model will also be discontinued.
A spiritual successor to the DTS, the XTS was Cadillac's range-topping sedan from 2012 until 2016, when the CT6 was introduced.
But despite being older and not having as much tech as the CT6, the XTS fared better sales-wise, moving more than 20,000 units per year for several years and more than 16,000 per year in 2017 and 2018. But the XTS grew a bit long in the tooth and Cadillac decided not to offer a successor and focus on crossovers instead. Production of the XTS ended in October 2019 and ironically it had better final years than the CT6. Although the XTS is no longer available in the U.S. for 2020, it’s still offered in China, where it hit record sales of over 65,000 units in 2018.
Read our full review on the 2019 Cadillac XTS
The C7 Corvette is one of the most iconic cars that went out of production in 2019.
Following the introduction of the mid-engined C8 Corvette, Chevrolet halted production of the seventh-generation sports car in November 2019. The C7 Corvette spent six years on the market and brought the nameplate to new heights sales-wise. It also spawned the more aggressive versions of the Z06 and ZR1, as well as various limited-edition models. The C7 Corvette also goes into the history books as the last Vette to feature a front-mounted engine. That’s a big deal and one of the reasons many enthusiasts will miss it.
Built at the same plant as the Cadillac CT6, the Chevrolet Impala will also go out of production when GM starts retooling the factory for electric vehicle production.
The last Impala will roll off the assembly line on February 2020, 21 years since the nameplate was revived for the third time. By axing the Impala, Chevrolet phases out an iconic nameplate that goes back to 1957. This move is also part of GM’s recent strategy to focus on SUVs, a body style that has far more success than sedans. The tenth-generation Impala was introduced back in 2013.
Read our full review on the 2019 Chevrolet Impala
The modern Fiat 500 is 13 years old as of 2020 so it's not surprising that it's getting dropped from the U.S. lineup.
But the main reason is that sales have dropped dramatically. In 2019, Fiat 500 deliveries were down a whopping 44 percent compared to 2018. People are simply no longer buying the tiny two-door. And it’s not just the regular 500 that leaves the United States. Fiat is also discontinuing the all-electric 500e and the Abarth-tuned version. The 500L crossover, which isn’t very popular either, remains in production, but it could also get the axe soon. Rumors of a new-generation 500 have been flying around for quite some time, but the future of the nameplate remains uncertain for the time being.
Ford will continue to discontinue cars in 2020 as part of its strategy to focus on crossover.
In 2019, Ford axed the aging Taurus and stopped importing the Focus and Fiesta hatchbacks, leaving only the Focus Active on offer. For 2020, the Fusion range was condensed as three trims were discontinued and word has it the sedan won’t make it into 2021. On the other hand, the four-door will get to soldier on in Europe, where it is offered as the Mondeo. The current-generation Fusion was launched in 2012 and the nameplate dates back to 2005.
Read our full review on the 2019 Ford Fusion Or, take a look back at our historical reivew of the 2014 Ford Taurus SHO, our more recent review of the 2019 Ford Focus, or check out what we know about the 2017 Ford Fiesta!
Like many cars on this list, the 370Z is quite long in the tooth.
11 years old as of 2020, the 370Z will soldier on for at least one more year as the second-generation model is not yet on the horizon. However, you’ll only be able to buy the coupe in 2020. Nissan will no longer offer a roadster model, most likely because the drop-top isn’t as successful as its coupe counterpart. Given that the cabriolet is heavier, more expensive, and not as practical as the coupe, only a handful of enthusiasts will actually miss it.
Mercedes-Benz decided that the Smart brand won't live beyond the 2019 model year in the United States.
Smart offered only the ForTwo model in the U.S., but the tiny city car is no longer feasible for North America due to slow sales and the high cost of homologating the vehicle for the U.S. market. However, Smart will continue to provide support to owners. What’s more, their website is still working and it’s proving links and information to those who need service and maintenance, how-to videos, and details about recalls.
Read our full review on the 2019 Smart ForTwo
The iconic Beetle was revived in 1998 and a redesigned in 2011. Nine years have passed since and the nameplate is going into the history books for the second time.
Although it enjoyed some success, the Beetle struggled to meet sales goals in recent years. What’s more, Volkswagen is set to axe all models that no longer bring profits, and the Beetle is one of them. The nameplate could return at some point as an all-electric model, but for the time being you’ll have to settle for a previously owned model if you want a third-generation Beetle.
Read our full review on the 2019 Volkswagen Beetle