Some we'll miss. Others? Good riddance.
It’s that time of the year when several cars and trucks take their final bow. As 2017 comes to a close, USA Today compiled a list of the vehicles that won’t be returning to market for the 2018 model year. Some of the vehicles we’ll be sad to see go. Others not so much. Some are being dropped because they were never very good vehicles to begin with, while others were struggling to find buyers. What they all had in common is that they lost money, regardless of whether or not they were family or sports cars.
Dodge Viper: Well, it was a nice second try. Dodge did all it could to push Viper sales, but the V10-powered purist high-performance machine didn’t have enough mass appeal.
Buick Verano: It was never a huge seller, and Buick wants to simplify its lineup to make way for more crossovers on dealership lots.
Chevrolet SS: This is a shame, but the full-size, V8-powered RWD sedan has a problem: it’s a sedan. People prefer crossovers these days. Also, the SS was built in Australia, and GM is permanently closing its production facilities there.
Chrysler 200: Despite a nice redesign, the 200 never caught on. It was regularly outsold by its cross-town rivals, the Chevrolet Malibu and Ford Fusion.
Hyundai Azera: Yet another sedan that bites the dust. One major reason for its departure, despite sluggish sales, is that Hyundai wants to push its new standalone luxury brand, Genesis.
Infiniti QX70: Formerly called the FX, the QX70 was, at one time, one of the hottest crossovers on the market. But time has caught up with the QX70 and Infiniti already has a new mid-size replacement for it, the QX50 and the three-row QX60.
Jeep Patriot: Good riddance.
Lexus CT200h: Few were willing to shell out extra cash for a hybrid hatchback with a Lexus badge.
Mercedes-Benz B-Class: Sold in the US only as an EV, the B-Class is a quality vehicle whose time was simply up due to its advanced age.
Mitsubishi i-MiEV: It was always strange-looking. This little EV never caught on in America and no one will be sad to see it go. Heck, most didn’t even know it was there.
Mitsubishi Lancer: It’s been around since 2010, making it a dinosaur in this industry. We still really miss the Evo though.
Nissan Quest: Let’s face it: minivans aren’t popular anymore, especially the Quest, which has been around for a few years. Crossovers are what ultimately killed it.
Smart ForTwo: Only the EV version will live on in the US. Wouldn’t be surprised to it on this list next year.
Volkswagen CC: We’ll miss this one. But hopefully its Euro market successor, the Arteon, will make its way to the US soon.
Volkswagen Touareg: Also a bummer to see getting the axe. In its place is the three-row Atlas crossover. Put it like this: there’s no way in hell the Atlas will compete at Dakar.