The calendar year is coming to a close, and several vehicles will not make the transition to the 2017 model year. Every year, carmakers retire nameplates. Some models are canceled, while others are given new names. Below we’ve listed 11 models to which we’re bidding farewell.
1. Cadillac ELR
Cadillac’s high-end version of the Chevrolet Volt never had a chance. Terribly overpriced when it debuted in 2014, sales were so low that Cadillac skipped the 2015 model year. For 2016, Cadillac lowered the price and increased the incentives, but to no avail. Unlike its more popular plug-in cousin, the ELR coupe won’t see a second generation and was quietly disconnected in February.
2. Cadillac SRX
The SRX is another discontinued Cadillac nameplate, but unlike the ELR, this premium compact SUV wasn’t retired for lack of interest. Instead, General Motors’ luxury brand took advantage of a change in naming convention to replace the SRX with an all-new model, the Cadillac XT5. The SRX’s two-generation, 13-year model run was a rousing success.
3. Chrysler 200
In 2011, Chrysler updated its midsize Sebring line and renamed it the Chrysler 200. That effort boosted sales, and an all-new sedan model followed in 2015. The previously available convertible was discontinued. After just two years, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is throwing in the towel, choosing to focus build capacity on the trucks and SUVs that have been huge sellers for the brand. FCA originally sought a partner to build cars for them, but no takers have been announced. The 200 will be built until late December.
4. Chrysler Town & Country
The Town & Country name has been applied to various vehicles through the years, starting with the original woodie wagon in 1941. Beginning in 1990 and running through 2016, this name represented Chrysler’s minivan and cousin to the Dodge Grand Caravan. Earlier this year, the Town & Country ended production, and was replaced by an all-new Chrysler Pacifica minivan. As for the Dodge Grand Caravan, it will soldier on for at least another year.
5. Dodge Dart
After a four-year model run, FCA has pulled the plug on the Dodge Dart. It has fallen victim to the same fate as the Chrysler 200, canceled in the wake of Fiat Chrysler’s decision to point its manufacturing resources squarely at high-profit trucks and SUVs. Production of the Dart ends in September.
6. Honda CR-Z
Like Toyota, Honda was an early adopter of hybrid vehicles, but Honda’s hybrids have trailed Toyota’s when it comes to sales. The Honda Insight is an example of a model that never took hold, and it was introduced and canceled twice. Following the cancellation of the Civic Hybrid last year, the two-seat CR-Z hybrid also comes to an end after a six-year model run.
7. Hyundai Genesis Coupe
Hyundai sees some changes as its Genesis luxury marque debuts. The launch of the new marque means the 2016 Hyundai Genesis sedan has become the 2017 Genesis G80 and the 2016 Equus gives way to the 2017 G90. The Hyundai Genesis coupe has simply been canceled, ending a quiet seven-year model run.
8. Lincoln MKS
As the upscale cousin to the Ford Taurus, the Lincoln MKS never distinguished itself enough to attract former Town Car and Continental owners. Perhaps recognizing both the anonymity of the sedan and the unimaginative model name, Lincoln’s decision to replace the model with the all-new 2017 Continental was a logical move. As for the Taurus, it will continue at least for another model year.
9. Scion tC
Toyota has canceled its Scion brand. Established in 2003 to attract young buyers, Scion initially enjoyed much success. In recent years, however, the brand has languished. While three Scion models will transition to Toyota for 2017, production of this coupe ended this August with the tC Release Series 10.0.
10. Volkswagen Eos
Production of the Volkswagen Eos hardtop convertible officially ended in November 2015. Named for the Greek goddess of dawn, Volkswagen produced the Eos for 10 years, sunsetting this model with a special well-equipped Komfort model.
11. Volvo S80
Beginning in 1999 and lasting through 2016, the S80 served as Volvo’s flagship model. As Volvo readies a new flagship sedan for 2017, it has resurrected the S90 name last used in 1998. Volvo still has its crown jewel, although the model name has changed.
More Discontinued Cars to Follow
Beyond the models featured, several more are already slated for discontinuation, including the Buick Verano and the Dodge Viper.
We also know that Chevrolet SS production will end once GM’s Australian operations wind down by the end of 2017. And though rumors of the Ford Flex’s demise have been rampant for years, this model and its Lincoln MKT cousin carry on.