Long live the Viper!
Many automakers have kicked off 2021 strong with impressive sales through the first quarter. Among these sales reports, we spotted a few outlier models that are worth discussing. Even after a car is discontinued, units sitting at dealership lots still count as sales for months and even years. This occurrence is known as a vampire car, and there are quite a few already this year. We can't believe some of these cars are still technically selling in 2021.
First up is Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, now called Stellantis. The company boasts the most vampire cars on this list, with eight total and an impressive assortment. The company sold one Dodge Dart and one Chrysler 200 after discontinuing both models in 2016. The Fiat 500 sold four units despite dying off in 2019 and astonishingly, two people took home a new Viper in 2021 even though it's been out of production since 2017. In some positive news, the Jeep Patriot can finally be laid to rest, selling zero units so far in 2021.
Next up is Nissan, which makes the list with two models. The 2020 Nissan 370Z only managed to attract 28 buyers in 2021, which is probably because that model is already out of production as a new model is in the works. Somewhat comically, Nissan managed to sell nearly twice as many GT-Rs in 2021 so far. Nissan's Infiniti luxury brand makes an appearance too, selling a single QX30 in 2021. For reference, the Mercedes-built QX30 ended production after 2019.
Volkswagen has two vampire cars in 2021, both of which are based on the outgoing seventh-generation Golf. Despite ending production after the 2019 model year, VW managed to sell a single Golf R in 2021. The equally-dead e-Golf fared a bit better, selling 22 units this year.
Toyota appears on the list with the discontinued Yaris, which managed to move 131 units so far in 2021 after dying off in 2020. The Lexus GS was also discontinued last year but managed to sell 52 units this year. After we were shocked to see someone buy a CR-Z in 2020, Honda doesn't have any vampire cars in 2021. The Acura brand does, though, with the discontinued RLX moving 144 units.
Though it's a bit unfair to include them, we wanted to mention the 2020 Kia K900 and Kia Cadenza. These two large sedans were discontinued early in 2021, so we expect the remaining inventory to trickle out through the year and possibly into 2022. The Korean brand only moved 56 K900s and 155 Cadenzas this year, which means you can probably get a sweet deal on one of the big sedans.