The automotive world is an ever-changing industry. And with that being said, automakers are constantly changing their vehicle lineups to fit consumer tastes. The rise and fall – and then rise again – of the SUV has prompted many automakers to panic. Now, automakers are going into a frenzy to discontinue unprofitable passenger cars and create crossover SUVs for the masses.
2019 was a tough year for many car models that were discontinued. It's not that a lot of these vehicles were bad models at all. But consumer tastes are shifting away from passenger vehicles at an alarming rate. The convertible has somewhat come out of favor in the last few years. More young people are continuing to flock toward crossover SUVs instead of convertibles.
With that being said, it's no wonder that a lot of these cars such as the Audi A3 are going away. The next couple of years are going to be a developmental time for automakers. With electric cars in full swing, we are going to be looking at some pretty unique models. Read on as we take a look at some of the most memorable outgoing models of 2019.
20 Alfa Romeo 4C Coupe
The first Alfa that was brought back into the states. The 4C Coupe is a beautiful car by any stretch of the imagination. But with the rise of crossovers, the market for these little roadsters just isn’t there anymore. Plus the Miata has cemented itself as the industry leader for the last three decades.
19 Audi A3 Cabriolet
Like it or not, the Audi brand has remained in the convertible business for years. Although convertibles are not a big seller, the brand still offers one for those who are in the market for one. The A3 Cabriolet has authentic German styling and a wonderful driving demeanor that makes this car a sheer pleasure to drive.
18 Audi TT
When the Audi TT was introduced back in 1998, it caused a stir. Together with the Porsche Boxster, the two cars ushered in a new era of automotive design. The TT has retained its fun-to-drive demeanor for decades and the car is finally going off into the sunset. But don’t fret, because Audi is developing an all-electric version of the TT.
17 BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo
Let’s be honest. The Gran Turismo was never really a hit with consumers anyway. BMW was just trying something new to invigorate life into the 3-Series brand. The Gran Turismo is a pretty cool car to look at and now you’ll be able to get one cheap. So check this rarity out before it exits the market.
16 BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo / Gran Coupe
The same thing goes for the 6-Series Gran Coupe. BMW is axing these limited appeal vehicles. If you have been interested in one there has never been a better time to get your hands on one. The spirited handling and driving characteristics make these cars a winner. This is also a limited production vehicle.
15 BMW i8
The i8 has been the poster child for BMW design in the last few years. The unique supercar has attracted the interest of car buyers and celebrities alike. The rather unique styling is right at home with other BMW products and the high price tag makes it a status symbol. Sadly, this is the last year that you’ll be able to get your hands on the i8.
14 Buick Cascada
Buick has been reinvigorating the brand in the last decade with all kinds of new models. Fortunately, the Cascada just couldn’t find a marketplace and this is the last year for the circular convertible. If you want a modern convertible with a Buick badge on it, you’ll be able to find some sweeping deals on the Cascada.
13 Buick LaCrosse
The LaCrosse is one of the oldest nameplates in the Buick lineup. But like all good things, this one must come to an end. The lacrosse, unfortunately, is exiting production as GM moves its focus to more profitable crossover SUVs. We have to wonder if the LeCrosse will return as a Crossover as GM has been renewing discontinued nameplates.
12 Cadillac ATS Sedan
The ATS was never a coveted Cadillac model to begin with. It's like a sedan that had half the effort with all of the potentials. The long-awaited replacement for the brick-like STS the ATS had all the makings to be great. But in recent years, Cadillac has put minimal effort into their sedans so naturally, the ATS is on its way out. The last years were relegated to rental car fleets anyway.
11 Chevrolet City Express
The Nissan with a bowtie never really caught on with consumers. You can go across the street and get the Nissan version with a better warranty so why go for the Chevy. The City Express was a very limited seller for GM and the van is going away. Surprisingly enough the decade-old express van is still going to muster on for another few years. GM is the last company selling a traditional full-size van
10 Chevrolet Cruze
In contrast to the other compact cars in the segment, the Cruze was never really an impressive entry. GM had injected some life into the small sedan with the RS trim but for the most part, buyers went the other way. With GM focusing attention toward the future of crossovers there is no room in the lineup for the little Cruze anymore. But you can get a screaming deal on one now.
9 Chevrolet Equinox Diesel
The Equinox in itself is long in the tooth. The diesel version of the compact SUV was a great idea. But Americans are still not into buying diesel cars yet so the Equinox was a lackluster seller for GM at best. Time will tell if the durable diesel engine will return, it was one of the better power plants to come out of GM.
8 Chevrolet Volt
The Volt holds the distinction of being one of the first mass-produced electric cars on the market. We’ve gotta give GM props for trying at least. The Volt was a step in a new direction for GM and it featured some of the automaker's first attempts at an all-electric car. The notable addition of the hatchback design made the car as functional as it was to drive.
7 Fiat 500
Fiat as a whole is a brand that has made its way back to the domestic market. The Fiat 500 was fun to drive and lightweight. It has had a good run on the market but now it's time for the bite-sized Fiat to hit the road. The car will be followed up by another similar model but the details haven’t emerged yet.
6 Fiat 500e
The all-electric Fiat 500e was a new addition to the lineup but the little electric car hasn’t taken off how Fiat would have liked it too. The car had some pretty unique features that made it worth buying but for the most part, there are better all-electric options. The Fiat 500e will go down as one of the more memorable models to hit the market in recent years, as all-electric cars are starting to make more of an appearance.
5 Ford C-Max Hybrid/Energi
The Ford C-Max is a rather unique-looking little car that never took off. Perhaps it can be attributed to the oddball styling. But the Ford C-Max just hasn’t managed to capture a steady consumer base. The model will go down as one of a kind offering that was rather unique from the rest of the Ford lineup.
4 Ford Fiesta
When the Ford Fiesta made its return to the American market the car was lauded for a unique design and fun to drive characteristics. But sadly, the times have not been kind to any Ford sedans so the Fiesta will be going away. Still, you can’t beat the unique styling of the Ford Fiesta and the notable features that it has.
3 Ford Focus
The Ford Focus has been a staple of the compact car industry for two decades now. Ford introduced the compact car after the failure that was the Ford Aspire. But the current product has become stale in a sea of cars that all look alike. Now, Ford is moving into the crossover arena full throttle and the Focus is going off into the sunset.
2 Ford Fusion Sport
When the Ford Fusion was introduced it was a breath of fresh air for a Ford sedan. The original Fusion was fun to drive and a large family sedan that looked good. The current generation Fusion has been on the market for a while now. But it's finally time to go and Ford is letting their entire lineup of sedans go.
1 Ford Taurus
The Taurus was the quintessential car that saved Ford during the eighties. Before the original Taurus hit the market the sedans of the time were outdated and very heavy. The current generation Taurus was exciting when it hit the market but now it is long in the tooth. Ford is going to be exiting the passenger car market for some time.