All of us must face death in the end. It's even true for our best friends, the cars. It is inevitable and natural. But when death is indicative of a bigger and more depressing trend, it is extremely innovative. This year we saw the death of many sedans. Like, much much. Here are the cars that died in 2018.
I like sedans. They are smaller, more affordable and more stylish than their crossover counterparts. I regret that many of them go, but many of these listings just didn't find buyers. Some must be a loser in capitalism.
The 2018 car deaths were also accelerated by some major business overhaul decisions, which you will read below. It is not lost to me that there are very few large transitions and trucks on this list. Hmmm.
The Cadillac ATS sedan was a car I had always appreciated because it was a wonderful BMW 3 Series competitor, and frankly I am tired of hearing about the 3 Series. It had nice lines, great handling and was fun to drive, even in the base trim. The V version was a legitimate rocket.
However, the problem was that it was quite cramped. Even I climb my head on the frame several times as I climb in and out of the back seat.
At least the cabin will stay with us, but probably not too long.
This I really felt in the intestines. Sure, the spider sticks, but what about people like me who like hard peaks? What about us ? Well, we will definitely not get another crack at a new 4C Coupe next year, that's for sure. I guess it's always the Cayman. I guess .
Anyway, bid farewell to one of the cleanest, wildest, most exciting sports cars that come to America for decades. It didn't even have control. This thing is owned.
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Oh, and just to be clear, the Coupe is just killed in the US and Canadian markets. Its life will continue in other markets, for now.
Yes, yes, I know that Asimo is not a car. But he was a cool little robot boy that Honda would need from time to time. And he only got better with age before he finally died earlier this year at a mature age of 18. It felt like losing a friend here, almost.
Juke's death is more acutely felt when you look at what came after: Nissan Kicks. Juke was at least funky, reasonably funny and weird. What is fired? Another boring, compact crossover? Just look at it.
(Also: Juke's actual death date is unclear since we listed it as such also in the 2017 roundabout. But it is now officially and completely dead.)
In April, Ford announced that it was phasing out all small cars and sedans in the US except Mustang and Focus Active, a mini crossover. Which meant that cars like regularly Focus would be axed. Others slated for cancellation in 2019 are Taurus Fusion C-Max and Fiesta .
But then! Due to Donald Trump's tariffs, the automaker said in August that it will not sell in Focus Active on the US market, and cemented the death of the Focus badge here.
Volkswagen's original Beetle was loved by many because of affordability, simplicity, air-cooled noise and pluckiness, which only left us the trucks, the big transitions and the Mustang.
The last Beetle was basically a golf under, heavy, compromised and front wheel drive. It was pretty mundane.
Volkswagen will make a final push with the Final Edition for the 2019 model year and stop the production of the new Beetle after that. There are rumors that the Beetle might occur as an electric vehicle, though. We see how it turns out, if that happens.
To be fair, I forgot that it was a hybrid CT6. It was built in China and sold so quietly here, and now it has been discontinued for the 2019 model year. Do you have strong feelings about this? Because it really doesn't.
Okay, you may have heard of General Motors announcement last year about "investing in the future", cutting 14,000 jobs and closing five North American plants. In addition to all that, there are also car accidents.
GM's announcement, like Fords, came this year, but said that production is slated to end next year, so the following are basically dead cars that go:
- Cadillac CT6 (but not in China)  Buick LaCrosse
- Chevrolet Impala
- Chevrolet Cruze
- Cadillac XTS
- Former generation Chevrolet Silverado
- Former generation of GMC Sierra  Chevrolet Volt
Get them while you can.
Oh, man. So, not only will the new BMW 3 series pass a manual option, but the car version will not come here either. It will be one of the non-American wagons that enthusiasts will scream and scream about in the next 25 years. And every time someone goes to Europe, they will light up their social media with photos and hashtag #forbiddenfruit.
We've all been here before, but it doesn't suck anything less.
Chevy City Express is just not as popular as Ford Transit Connect. Launched in 2014, it is basically a re-badged Nissan NV200. And the sales figures are gloomy, according to this Motor Trend story of it:
Chevrolet sold less than 30,000 units of City Express in the US since its launch. For comparison, Ford Transit Connect sold 34,473 copies last year alone.
Yikes. After reading it, the cancellation seems quite expected. I don't think it will be horrible, either.
I forgot MKT was one thing and it definitely has something to do with its terrible name. Lincoln has heard the criticism and will phase out the MKT. Its replacement will be Aviator, a particular lesser-blaze three-row crossover. Of course, I can't tell how the Aviators look older, but I'm willing to bet that they will be better than MKTs.
As MKT, MKX will also depart and be replaced by something with a more memorable name, in this case Lincoln Nautilus. Want a new face and a new name to help Lincoln catch the luxury market again? If it works for the Hollywood elite, then maybe it will work here.