Another year, another round of discontinued cars. Every year, automakers are vying for buyers’ attention, and musty old cars don’t attract the right kind. So, manufacturers must quickly eliminate these models to make room for the latest and greatest. We’ll show you the images of 10 cars that died in 2019. Can you name them?
This was the first convertible model this brand had in decades.
Before deciding to import the Opel Cascada and slap a Buick badge on it in 2016, granddad’s favorite automaker’s last drop-top was the 1991 Buick Reatta. The Cascada was an attempt to give the brand a little attitude and draw in younger buyers, but it ultimately fell flat among shoppers and critics alike, hence its elimination.
This crossover’s got humble bones, but you wouldn’t know by looking at it.
Lincoln went through a resurgence in recent years in its attempt to become a recognizable luxury brand again. Its changes included all-new faces for volume models, including the 2019 MKC. Despite its luxurious interior and cloud-soft ride, the MKC shares its bones with the humble Ford Escape. The MKC’s headlights extinguished permanently in 2020 with the arrival of the Lincoln Corsair.
This luxury crossover may be gone, but its rival platform-mate lives on.
Despite being direct competitors, Infiniti and Mercedes-Benz teamed up to create the platform for both the Infiniti QX30 and Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class. The QX30 met its demise following the 2019 model year, but Mercedes redesigned the GLA-Class for the 2020 model year, and it shows no sign of stopping.
This discontinued SUV proves that form still trumps function.
The Ford Flex seemed the ultimate crossover on paper with its massive cargo area and adult-friendly leg room in the second and third rows. Plus, it even boasted a 365-horsepower, twin-turbocharged V6 for buyers seeking a little pep. Unfortunately, its funky looks never caught on, resulting in Ford scrapping it after 2019.
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This elimination ended an automaker’s run in the hot-hatch segment.
Ford’s transition to a nearly all-SUV lineup resulted in a lot of fan favorites biting the dust. In 2019, the Fiesta’s run ended. While buyers may not miss it as an econobox, it took the 197-horsepower Fiesta ST with it. Thus ended Ford’s run as a leader in the hot-hatch segment, whose lineup once included the Fiesta ST, the 252-hp Focus ST, and the 350-hp Focus RS.
This was once the only model this brand offered in the U.S.
The Fiat and Chrysler marriage likely saved the American brand from extinction and resulted in the Italian brand’s return to the U.S. in 2012. Its first U.S.-spec model was the 500, a tiny hatchback with a little pop in its Abarth variant. Fiat quickly found Americans just don’t fancy microcars, resulting in the 500’s elimination.
This tiny hybrid outlasted its big brother, but ultimately got the ax.
At one point, Toyota loved the Prius so much it offered four variants: the base model, the Prius v wagon, the Prius Plug-In, and the subcompact Prius c. The Prius c gave Toyota a pricing advantage in the hybrid game, so this thrifty subcompact hung on for two model years after the 2017 elimination of the Prius v. Following the 2019 model year, Toyota finally scrapped its smallest hybrid, leaving only the newer Prius and Prius Prime.
Another fleet-dominant model that died after the 2019 model year at the hands of the mighty crossover.
Back in 1986, Ford broke – well, I guess we can’t say the internet – design trends with the swoopy Taurus. This curvy four-door was an icon among the three-box (and we literally mean “box”) sedans of the era. It was so popular in its first few years that many experts credit it for dragging the automaker from the depths of bankruptcy. Ford tried to eliminate the Taurus once and even renamed it the 500, but it always returned. After the 2019 model year, this legendary family-hauling, fleet-comprising, rental-lot-filling sedan is officially a goner.
This coupe’s return in 1999 caused a boom, but its popularity burned out quickly.
The Volkswagen New Beetle arrived in 1999 to massive fanfare after taking a 20-year sabbatical from the U.S. market. Sadly, its popularity quickly diminished, as sales dwindled and not even the 2012 revision and simpler Beetle nameplate could save it. Volkswagen finally discontinued the Beetle following the 2019 model year. The automaker even gave it an emotional commercial to send it off.
This small sedan was put out to pasture toward the end of 2019 as its automaker makes a shift toward larger, electric, and autonomous vehicles.
The Cruze came to North America in the 2011 model year after establishing itself in other markets. After a few strong sales years in the early 2010s, it fell out of favor in 2016 as the economy continued to strengthen following the recession. Chevy ceased production of the 2019 model in March of last year.
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