If a car loses popularity among its buyers and just can't hang on to the market, the automaker has to either discontinue it or try hard to ignite a more extensive customer base. These are the cars are most likely to be discontinued in the next couple of years.
The Chevy Camaro is a great muscle car that has stopped production before in 2002. In 2010 the Camaro came back and joined the retro style trend that Ford started in 2005 with the Mustang. Dodge came shortly after in 2008 with the Challenger. Chevy was a little late to the trend, but the market still had demand for it in that period. Although it did sell well at the beginning of its run, in 2018 it fell behind Ford and Dodge significantly, as it sold 50,963 compared to Ford's 75,842, and Dodge's 66,716. This could be the because of the Camaro's lacking power numbers in the top trim compared to the Mustang. The Camaro ZL1 has 650 horsepower, and although this seems extreme, almost insane, to the average person, the Mustang GT500 has a whopping 750 horsepower, and the Challenger Hellcat Redeye has an insane 797 horsepower. The Dodge Demon (the highest performance model of the Challenger), however, has 840 horsepower! Now that really shows how Chevy is "slightly" lacking in power figures. The buyers are just not pleased that the Camaro just hasn't caught up with the rest of the market, and that is why it is most likely being canceled in 2023.
The next car that will be talked about is both surprising and unsurprising at the same time. The Volkswagen Beetle used to sell in massive numbers, and was the brainchild of Ferdinand Porsche and Adolf Hitler Himself, it was a small practical vehicle that had enough space for the whole family. Back then the car was rear-engined and rear-wheel drive, while the modern Beetle, introduced in 1998, has the engine in the front and front-wheel drive. Today the car just doesn't sell the same numbers as when it was introduced, as in 2018 VW only sold 14 thousand, while at the beginning of the run in 1998 it sold a decent 56 thousand. The numbers have been slowly declining, so they decided to cut it after a long run of 81 years. The last Beetle ever produced recently rolled off of the line in Mexico's VW plant in Puebla.
|2019 Chevy Camaro ZL1|
The final cars that I'll talk about are grouped together because they're from the same brand and are being discontinued for the same reasons. The Ford Fusion and Taurus have been around for a very long time, and in fact, some say that the Taurus saved Ford from going under in the 80s. The midsized sedan brought new life to the company that was not doing too well at that time. The Taurus and the Fusion saw a significant decrease in sales figures even in the first quarter of 2019. Ford has not made an effort to push these cars as much as they are driving their SUV's, so it isn't surprising that they are phasing these cars out of the picture.
|1999 VW Beetle|
|2019 Ford Taurus|
|2019 Ford Fusion|
Ford does plan on replacing the canceled sedans with new models that will most likely be similar crossovers or SUV's. Who knows? They might even bring back new sedans, but that's highly unlikely. Hopefully, these cars that are being canceled will be replaced with better cars or SUV's.
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