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Ford Taurus
This is not the first time Ford decided to end production of this large sedan. But it could be the last. Large cars are falling out of favor. At one point, the Taurus was one of the most popular cars in America. Those days are long gone.

Ford Focus
This compact sedan perished as Ford pivots its focus toward SUVs and pickups. Ford had only 12,000 Focus cars left as of early December. Get it while you still can.

Chevrolet Impala
Like the Taurus, this large sedan once occupied prime real estate in the American automotive landscape. Despite a critically acclaimed redesign earlier this decade, it couldn’t overcome the sedan segment’s demise.

Chevrolet Cruze
GM bet big on this compact sedan earlier this decade, and it paid off for a while. But sales have suffered during the SUV boom. Its demise has placed GM’s plant in Lordstown, Ohio, at serious risk of closing.

Chevrolet Volt
Billed as an emblem of GM’s engineering prowess and pivot toward alternative propulsion vehicles, this vehicle essentially invented the concept of the plug-in hybrid. It was critically acclaimed and generated a loyal base of enthusiasts.

But sales never reached initial expectations, and GM is turning its attention to battery-powered cars that don’t have a backup gas generator like the Volt.

Volkswagen Touareg
Volkswagen will continue to sell this model in foreign markets but not in the U.S. Here, it’s now selling the Atlas large SUV and the Tiguan crossover, with plans to introduce more SUVs.

Volkswagen Beetle
This two-door car has one of the most iconic silhouettes in the auto industry. But Americans don’t want to hunch over to get into cars anymore.

Hyundai Azera
This attempt at a luxury sedan never panned out. The Korean automaker pivoted its luxury efforts toward an altogether new brand called Genesis, which is struggling to gain sales traction.

Honda CR-Z
This compact hybrid had bad timing, entering the market just as hybrid sales were falling off a cliff.

Ford C-Max
This model, which was offered in hybrid and plug-in versions, had a strong run out of the gate but eventually fell prey to the same industry trends that undermined the CR-Z.

Toyota Prius V
This large version of the Prius hybrid hasn’t been manufactured since the 2017 model-year, but it’s still registering sales, according to Edmunds.

Nissan Juke
Nissan’s quirky subcompact crossover has given way to a new little crossover called the Nissan Kicks.

Cadillac CT6 and XTS
These large luxury sedans were in the wrong place at the wrong time. Luxury buyers with this much money to spend and a desire for space are buying SUVs.

Cadillac ATS
This compact luxury sedan was designed as a competitor to industry stalwarts such as the BMW 3-series. It couldn’t overcome the Cadillac brand’s struggles and the compact sedan segment’s implosion.

(Note: This list includes vehicles that have recently ended production or are poised to end production in the coming months. The list, which does not include every discontinued vehicle, is based on research by IHS, Edmunds, Kelley Blue Book, USA TODAY and the Detroit Free Press. Some vehicles may be available on dealer lots beyond 2019.)

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Or no money.
I think buying an older car is a gamble if you find one with records great but it still needs work down the road. Service Parts etc etc if you got the spare change laying around and can afford go for it but from experience in the past every old car that I owned turned into a money pit.:frown::frown:

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Essentially Ford and GM will ramp up production and sales of truck/SUV while killing off family sedans & eco-friendly ones... Is this based on buyer needs, move to higher margin vehicles, or strong competition by foreign sedan models?

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Any one heard any more news re the SLK/SLC being killed off by MB for 2020? :crying: I read the rumours re doing away with the hard top and moving to the canvas roof, same as they are supposedly doing with the SL or will they kill both models off now they have the GT convertible? :surprise: Or will they just kill the SL off in its current form pushing those buyers into the GTC and redesign the SLC to compete with the new BMW and Boxster series?

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Interesting how the cycles go. I remember once before when GM concentrated on large cars because "that was where the profit was". I bought my Jeep Grand Cherokee with towing package when SUVs were getting every rebate known to man & mini-vans were king. Of course I also remember when four doors cost more than two doors and were larger.

So just another cycle. People in the US have always liked GALBs (Great American Land Barge) and the SUV fills that need best today.

Convertibles are different. Bought my SLK because it had a retractable metal roof and while like a convertible, I do not care for fabric roofs any longer. Besides I have too many cars now.
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