We predict these cars will kick the bucket before year's end.
With 2018 now over, we looked back at some of the cars that didn't make it into 2019 and have been discontinued by their manufacturers. Of course, assembling 13 cars that have already discontinued onto a list was a fairly easy task, so we wanted to challenge ourselves by predicting seven cars we think won't make it to 2020.
This list factors in sales numbers, rumors, industry trends, and even our gut feeling to decide which cars will likely be discontinued by the time we reach the end of the decade. Read the list and you'll see that certain vehicle types appear doomed, while others should be safe heading into 2020.
While the Alfa Romeo 4C Coupe has now been discontinued, the 4C Spider will continue to be sold in the US - although we predict it won't be for much longer. Alfa only sold 406 4Cs in all of 2017 and 2018 numbers will show the company managed to shift a little over 220 of them. In its lowest sales month, the 4C sold just 11 units, making it a prime candidate to be discontinued by the end of 2019. We wouldn't be shocked if the 4C is killed off entirely as the company prepares to revive the 8C and the GTV.
The Lexus GS (and GS F) is the entrant we are most reluctant to include on this list. We adore the GS, especially the V8-powered GS F, even though its cabin tech is a bit outdated. Sadly, the GS is rumored to be on the chopping block, as is the smaller IS sedan. The ES offers more space than the GS at a lower price and most consumers could care less about the virtues of RWD over FWD.
Sales of the GS plummeted from almost 15,000 units in 2016 to less than 8,000 in 2017, with sales expected to tumble even further as the 2018 numbers are tabulated. Whether the GS and IS become one model or the GS is killed off entirely, don't be surprised if it doesn't make it to 2020.
We've never been coy about our disdain of the Acura RLX. This nearly $55,000 car fails to impress as a luxury flagship and sales clearly reflect it's shortcomings. Even with a sales increase from 2017, Acura failed to shift 2,000 units of the RLX in all of 2018. As crossovers and SUVs continue their dominance, full-size sedans have been all but forgotten in the current market. Acura would be smart to discontinue the RLX and build a full-size SUV.
Even with full-size sedans suffering at the hands of SUVs and crossovers, the Chrysler 300 has managed to retain sales of around 50,000 units per year. December figures haven't been reported yet but the 300 is expected to fall a bit below the 50,000 unit figure, which is still an impressive feat. Even so, the 300 is set to be replaced by an electric minivan called the Portal after enjoying a 15-year production run.
For the first time since 2012, sales of the Lincoln MKZ dropped below the 30,000 unit mark in 2017 to just over 27,000. In 2018, sales dropped even more significantly. The MKZ's inclusion on this list has less to do with sales and more to do with Lincoln's parent company, Ford. Ford has already killed off all of the sedans in its lineup and Lincoln is introducing new crossovers like the Nautilus and Aviator. The MKZ is one of the last Lincoln models to still use the alphabetic naming scheme, so we wouldn't be surprised to see it killed off or, at the very least, receive a name change.
In a surprising rumor, we heard Audi was planning to merge the TT and A5 Cabriolets into one model. Then, another rumor emerged, speculating that Audi would transform the TT into a four-door coupe. We aren't sure if these rumors are true but we do know TT sales are dwindling. In its lowest sales month, Audi only sold 29 units of the TT, so we wouldn't be surprised to see yet another sports car get the ax.
Of all the cars on this list, the one we would probably miss the least is the Mitsubishi Mirage. This is a car being sold in the US in 2019 that only produces 79 horsepower. Frankly, we can't find many appealing features of the Mirage but it still managed to sell over 20,000 units for the past four years. The reason it makes this list stem from rumors that it will be replaced by a crossover to sit below the Eclipse Cross.