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End Of The Road: 35 Iconic Cars Set To Disappear In 2020

Cameron Eittreim September 23, 2019

ATS
via: Edmunds

12: Cadillac ATS

The ATS was a new model for Cadillac, replacing the STS as the midrange luxury sedan in the segment. There was a lot that was different for the ATS, instead of following the traditional formula of the V8 powered rear-wheel-drive sedan. The ATS just never managed to catch on with the buying public, instead appealing more to rental car fleets. It has been a long journey of obscurity for the ATS, but all in all, the car wasn’t that bad. Cadillac is planning a replacement for the ATS, but the brand is continuing the move toward crossover vehicles.

ATS
via: Edmunds

The performance was a strong suit for the ATS but the bland styling left the car in the trenches. Cadillac was attempting to position this as a BMW fighter, but in the end, changes in the marketplace prevailed. Nevertheless, now is a good time to find a deal on a reasonably-equipped ATS before they’re gone forever.

ATS-V
via: Edmunds

11: Cadillac ATS-V

In addition to the standard ATS being canceled, the V-Series is hitting the road as well. Cadillac positioned the V-Series as a companion to the popular CTS-V. The problem is that the market for these cars is already saturated and the ATS-V just didn’t offer much in the way of performance to justify its price tag. When you think of what a performance sedan should be, the ATV-V matches a lot of the characteristics. The 3.6-liter twin-turbo V-6 cranking out 464 hp is a great setup, but consumers crave a V8.

ATS-V
via: Edmunds

Part of the magic of the original CTS-V was the fact that you got Corvette’s power in a lightweight Cadillac. Nevertheless, the ATS-V will soon be a collector’s item and you might want to get one before it’s too late. GM performance sedans are quickly fading away and the ATS-V will be among the casualties.

Lincoln Continental
via: Lincoln

10: Lincoln Continental

After a much-hyped release and an expensive advertising campaign starring Matthew McConaughey, the Continental is no more. The car had a long history in the automotive marketplace for being a car that you’d equate with prestige. The Continental is a beautiful sedan, and there was a lot of effort put into the design. The car is missing a V8, which may have persuaded a few more customers to buy it. Lincoln is looking to follow the rest of the automotive industry’s shift to crossover vehicles.

Lincoln Continental
via: Autoweek

We’re not sure if this is such a smart thing for the brand, but sadly, the Continental is one of the first casualties. You’ll be able to find a 2020 model year Continental but after that, the car will be gone for good. Sales were never anything amazing and this could have been one of the defining factors of the big Lincoln’s demise.

Infiniti QX30
via: Motorweek

9: Infiniti QX30

At this point, the Infiniti brand has become more lost then it ever was before. When Infiniti was introduced to the American automotive market by Nissan in 1989, the cars were unique and had an identity of their own. The QX30 is a rushed attempt to cash in on the rise of high-riding crossovers, as most of the Infiniti brand has become dated. Infiniti cars share platforms with most of the Nissan lineup of vehicles, and consumers are no longer blind to this fact. Therefore, if you’re in the market for a luxury car you might overlook Infiniti.

Infiniti QX30
via: Motorweek

The QX30 has some good attributes to it such as high-quality interior materials. But the car is still basically a Nissan, and nowadays that works against the Infiniti brand. With the QX30 being axed there will be a void in the Infiniti lineup. Nissan is also prepping to release the Z Pronto and this could spell the end for an upcoming performance model.

Ford Flex
via: Ford

8: Ford Flex

The Ford Flex is another model that isn’t going to see the light of day anymore. While Ford did put a lot of effort into the design its been a long 11 years. In that period, the Flex has become a relic of outdated Ford design, and most cars and SUVs are offering a much more advanced experience. There were some cool things about the Flex such as the unique flat design and seven-passenger seating. There is no doubt that the Flex had a special spot in the hearts of enthusiasts.

Ford Flex
via: Ford

But sadly you need more than enthusiasts to sell a car, and the Flex just wasn’t mainstream enough to keep going. The Flex had a lot of cargo space and a lot of passenger volume to make it appealing. However, the extreme styling was just more than most people could fathom and the car was overlooked.

GS300
via: Lexus

7: Lexus GS 300

The Lexus GS300 has been a fixture of the brand since the 1990s, and unfortunately, 2020 is the last hurrah for the car. The F series is going to be the last Lexus GS model to come out of the factory, and if you enjoyed this sports sedan you’ll want to act fast. Consumer tastes are shifting away from the sport sedan market and Lexus is changing their lineup. Sadly, the GS300 was a great car but the platform has become aged. Buyers in this segment are starting to shift towards a different style of vehicle.

GS300
via: Lexus

Lexus has done a great job of differentiating itself from the other luxury car brands on the market. But in a competitive world where crossovers are taking over there just isn’t room for a big luxury sedan anymore. The GS300 will live on in the used car world, and it still provides a very exciting driving experience.

CT6
via: GM

6: Cadillac CT6

Another Cadillac on the list being canceled is the CT6. Announced late in the game, the CT6 just isn’t measuring up to the sales expectations GM had for it. In addition to that, consumer tastes for sedans are waning and with that comes the need to cut costs. Cadillac is going to focus efforts on the redesigned Escalade and new additions to the lineup. The CT5 had some strong points to it, the car was a major upgrade over the previous CTS. But as Cadillac moves into a new decade, the brand needs to differentiate itself.

2019 Cadillac CT6-V
via: Edmunds

The CT6 is among quite a few Cadillac sedans that will no longer see the light of day. The car had some interesting features such as Super Cruise technology. Cadillac has been improving the quality of their sedans for a long time and the CT6 is a sad reminder that the crossover is the wave of the future.

Corvette C7 Z06
via: GM

5: Front-Engine Chevrolet Corvette

The C7 is done and the C8 Corvettes are here. The car no longer has a front-engined design and it looks as though the brand will stick with that. The change in design is a tough pill to swallow for many die-hard Corvette enthusiasts to swallow. The Corvette is now entering legitimate supercar territory and its design changes are abundant. The C7 was a great design that combined the best aspects of the previous generations. As with every generation of the Corvette, we see more changes in design and performance.

Corvette C7 Z06
via: GM

There is no doubt that the C7 will hold its value for quite some time. The car had many new technological marvels that hadn’t been seen on a Corvette before. The design aspects of the car coupled with the performance make it a track dream. The C8 is breaking new ground for the future of the Corvette brand.

Silverado
via: GM

4: Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LD/GMC Sierra 1500 Limited

Like the Ram Classic, GM also carries over a model year of pickup trucks when a new model is presented. This helps to alleviate the rush in production and make sure that quality was on par. The 1500 LD was a great truck platform and served the company well, making many improvements over the GM bailout platform that had come before it. There’s no doubt that these are some of the most efficient trucks to ever hit the market. The Sierra 1500 Limited marked the true transition into the luxury range in which trucks are headed.

Silverado
via: GM

GM has carried over a classic body style with each of its pickup truck generations. You can expect more than a few of these to be sitting on the dealership lots with huge incentives to buy. With the durable Vortec motor and the options in the interior, you can’t go wrong with either of these pickup trucks.

Ferrari 488
via: Ferrari

3: Ferrari 488

The Ferrari 488 is a great sports car for several reasons. Not only is the exterior styling some of the most beautiful that you’ll see on a car, but the performance is also top-notch powered by the 3.9 L V8, a staple of Ferrari innovation. The car is being replaced by an even more powerful model as the company gears up to battle the brand new mid-engined Corvette models. The 488 has managed to garner a cult-like following in the automotive community as well as the media.

Ferrari 488
via: Ferrari

Dubbed as “the most powerful V8” in the history of Ferrari, the car has a special presence that few have matched. Sports cars come and go and Ferrari is constantly changing the game with new designs. The 488 is a special vehicle that has a lot to offer in terms of design and the historical value of a Ferrari.

Sante Fe
via: Hyundai

2: Hyundai Santa Fe XL

Even Hyundai is not immune to changes in the automotive industry, and the company has discontinued the Santa Fe XL. The reason for this is probably so that the car doesn’t coincide with the launch of the Palisade and the Kia Telluride. The three-row design of the Santa Fe XL would have confused potential shoppers. The Sante Fe itself is one of the original crossover vehicles on the market and has experienced a long run.

Santa Fe
via: Hyundai

There were some interesting features about the Hyundai Santa Fe XL, but it never managed to gain much traction with shoppers. The car has always been a solid seller for Hyundai, but not the breakout success that the company wanted. If you want a three-row crossover for a great deal, the Hyundai Santa Fe XL might be worth looking into.

Volkswagen E-Golf
via: VW

1: VW E-Golf

It would appear that all automakers have tried to jump on the electric car bandwagon, but few have had success. Tesla pretty much rules the roost as an electric car maker, and VW was trying to get into the fray with the E-Golf. There is a lot to like about the E-Golf but the car just hasn’t gained the traction the company would have liked. Volkswagen is working on a new batch of electric vehicles intending to eventually become an all-electric automaker.

VW E-Golf
via: VW

The VW E-Golf is a relatively well-designed car, but in the scheme of things the car just isn’t well developed. The electric car market is brand new and the E-Golf doesn’t stand out enough to grab a decent share of the market. It will be interesting to see what new electric cars VW will be introducing in the place of the E-Golf.

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