These car nameplates may be abandoned
With the constant development of new car models, some are inevitably killed. Usually cars are stopped due to a lack of sales, and therefore interest, so no one is too sorry to see them go. But sometimes the iconic nameplates need to be removed as well. The last few years have already seen many notable names get the can, including the Chevy Impala and Toyota Land Cruiser. But there may be even more very soon.
Most of the time, these endangered cars sell slowly, but there are some that the automaker says are not worth the cost of developing a new model, although there is still interest in the current generation. It’s an issue that spans every price and segment, from the electric sedan industry to a nameplate that’s popular with muscle cars. It is not known if these cars will be killed again, but based on reports and leaks, it seems very likely that they will be brought to a halt soon.
8 VW Arteon
Volkswagen’s premium sedan is in a very competitive industry which is dominated by other German imports, such as the BMW 3 Series and the Audi A4. There’s nothing particularly wrong with the Arteon, but its lack of a unique selling point has failed to draw customers away from its rivals.
VW’s branding is also less appealing than BMW and Audi, and that means the Arteon is a consistently low seller, moving just 2,449 units in 2019. With numbers like that, it seems inevitable that VW will have to kill the model. sooner or later.
7 Jaguar F-Type
Since the arrival of its new CEO, Theyry Bolloré, Jaguar is going through a bit of an identity crisis. The problem he faces is existential: his sales numbers are stagnating and he is struggling to attract new customers. To address this issue, Bolloré ordered a huge overhaul of the brand’s lineup, including the removal of the upcoming XJ sedan.
The XJ is a long-standing model in Jag’s lineup and shows that there are no holy cows when it comes to the rejuvenation campaign. There are rumors that the F-Type might just be next on the chopping block, as it’s a relatively low seller and hasn’t garnered as much attention as Jaguar had hoped. He recently received a mid-life refresh so he’s safe for a few years, but he may not live to see another generation.
6 Bmw i3
When it was launched, BMW’s “i” range was very innovative, but it suffered from several major problems. Firstly, there were initially only two models in the i line-up, which left buyers with little choice. Second, the more affordable option, the i3, was downright ugly.
BMW is reportedly not phasing out the i3 yet as there is still enough demand in the current market. When that demand eventually drops, the car is unlikely to survive, as over the past year BMW has expanded its i lineup to include cars like the i4 and the iX crossover. This means that there won’t be much need for the i3 anymore, so it’s likely to face the ax.
5 Chevrolet Spark
In 2018, Ford made headlines when it decided to phase out all but two of its car models and switch to crossovers and trucks. So far, this appears to have been a successful strategy, which begs the question of whether Chevy will do the same. He’s already ditched the longtime Impala, leaving only the Spark and Malibu as touring cars.
Of the two, the Spark is more likely to be cut, as it is the smaller one and therefore means that Chevy will make less profit on each unit. Parent brand GM has already announced that it is targeting an all-electric lineup in the future, and the Spark is too small to realistically make a cost-effective EV out of it. Therefore, it is on the list of dangers to disappear completely.
4 Audi r8
It’s been in production since 2006, although it might not be for much longer. The Audi R8 is the German brand’s halo product, and also their only real supercar. He has been very successful over the years, both critically and in terms of sales. But, when the current generation comes to the end of its life, the R8 could be phased out.
However, there will likely be an equivalent replacement. It should be developed alongside the successor to the Lamborghini Huracan, with which the R8 shares its foundations. However, it probably won’t be called R8, which means the nameplate will likely be removed.
3 Infiniti q60
As the popularity of the premium coupe industry continues to decline, manufacturers will begin to adjust their lineup to better meet demand. Nissan’s luxury brand Infiniti has struggled to break into the U.S. market for years, and its Q60 coupe is now part of a segment that is dying anyway.
Reports from last year suggest the Q60 will eventually be phased out, as it just isn’t worth the money for the brand to develop a new generation of car. Nissan is already slashing Infiniti’s budget thanks to its recent financial woes, so other models may be phased out with the Q60.
2 Ford EcoSport
Let’s make one thing clear: the Ford EcoSport is not a very good car. It’s essentially a sedan on stilts, with an underpowered engine and a rough ride. Around the world it has sold pretty well, but Ford has already taken steps to replace the EcoSport with something better.
Ford closed its plant in Naberezhnye, Russia, in 2019, ending production of the EcoSport there. It has also been reported that the brand is preparing a Fiesta-based SUV to replace it, although it has yet to be named. He may not have been officially killed yet, but it looks like the fate of EcoSport is sealed.
1 Dodge hellcat
It’s a bestseller and loved by fans and car owners across the United States, but the Hellcat brand may not live too long. Dodge CEO Tim Kuniskis has already admitted that the days of the V8 are numbered because they simply can no longer meet emissions standards. The brand’s parent company, Stellantis, is already gearing up for electrification anyway, so that’s likely where the development money will go.
The Hellcat nameplate may continue to be an electrified model, but that seems highly unlikely. After all, the reason fans love the Hellcat engine is because it’s a slice of American metal that rips tires off the old-fashioned way. An electric version simply couldn’t live up to its name. So, as Dodge’s electrification takes place, it looks like the Hellcat name may soon be recorded in the history books.
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