All the New Cars and Trucks That Are Gone for 2020
And some we already know are gone for 2021.
Every year, whether due to new names, new segments, or low sales, a number of nameplates disappear from the automotive landscape. Sometimes it’s a model that’s no longer relevant, other times the automaker has just deemed it’s time for a new name. So here are all the cars that won’t be coming back for 2020, and some we already know are gone for 2021.
BMW 3 Series Wagon, GT
We’re not all that sorry to see the oddball hatchback-sedan GT go, but the 3er wagon will be missed. There’s a new generation of 3 Series sedan out now, and while BMW is building a new version of the wagon, we won’t be getting it. Though thanks to BMW for giving us station wagon goodness for one more year than they did south of the border.
BMW 6 Series
With the launch of the 8 Series, the BMW 6 range, which is actually larger than the 8, is going away. Which means you could almost call this a name change rather than a product death, but we don’t make the rules. The 8 offers more contemporary styling, a more compact body, and more tech, so it’s likely the six won’t be missed.
It’s a sad day when the last of the big Buick sedans goes away, but in a world of crossovers, the brand image of the LaCrosse didn’t work anymore. Buick is moving closer and closer to being a crossover-only brand, the Allure lost its allure, and dealers will likely not be sad to see this one go.
One of Cadillac’s long-suffering sedans, and still the only one with its class-leading Super Cruise semi-autonomous driving features, the CT6 has already had its life extended twice. But now the car will be gone by the end of January, including the hot CT6-V with its 550 hp 4.2L twin-turbo V8 that seems to also be on the way out despite being brand new and used only in this car.
The XTS was Cadillac’s big front-drive sedan, though AWD was available, as compared with the RWD platform of the CT6. Until recently, it was the brand’s best-selling car. But that’s not exactly a massive volume of vehicles, and, like many of the other GM vehicles on this list, total production wasn’t enough to continue to keep the large factories open. The last XTS rolled off the line sometime back in October.
While Ford formally announced the death of sedans, it seems that GM is doing the same thing but quietly. The Cruze is the latest in a line that was for years the best-selling cars in Canada, though that was a long time ago. It will be replaced by yet another crossover, the upcoming Chevy Trailblazer.
We knew Chevy’s big sedan was on borrowed time, but the automaker just made it official. The Impala stops galloping at the end of February, 2020. Buyers of this one have already likely moved to Equinox or Traverse models, and it’s been years since this was the police and fleet darling that previous generations relied on.
One of the first range-extender hybrids on the market, this was pitched as an EV that used a gas engine if you used up all the battery. 85 km of range, with gas for the weekend seemed like an ideal combination, but then full-electrics got better and cheaper, and the half-measure Volt never really caught on.
The 500’s sales figures never lived up to what Fiat expected when the brand came back to Canada. Turns out that fashion-conscious buyers want premium small crossovers, not small hatchbacks. Just look at the now-huge Mini line. The 500 is going all-EV all the time next year, and currently the plans don’t bring that one here.
Ford Fiesta, Ford Focus, Ford Taurus
Ford killed three sedans this year, all victims of the success of the crossover. Even the Police Interceptor sedan, the name for the Cop version of the Taurus, didn’t make it, with so many fleet buyers picking the Explorer-based cruiser that it didn’t make sense. We’ll miss the little Fiesta and Focus, too, especially the wonderfully cheap and cheerful Fiesta ST and the fire-breathing hot-hatch Focus RS.
A vehicle that we had expected to be a smash hit, it mixed crossover ride height and all-wheel drive with classic wagon styling. But in two generations, the Canadian-built Flex failed to flex its muscles on the showroom floor, and it won’t be seeing the next decade.
Hyundai Accent Sedan
It’s a bit of a surprise, since Hyundai is bringing a new tiny crossover into the market, but it’s the Accent sedan that’s gone this year, not the hatch. The hatch lives on, with a model that’s been recently replaced.
Infiniti’s Q70 came to market as the M45, more than a decade ago, a model designed only for sale in Japan that really stood out here. But three-generations on it’s a bit lacklustre compared with the luxury sedans of the competition, and when most buyers are leaning to crossovers, that just wasn’t enough.
As more and more automakers move into the compact luxury crossover segment, Infiniti bows out. Of course, since the QX30 was a collaboration between that brand and Mercedes-Benz, and the GLA it shared bits with has been replaced, it makes sense that it disappeared.
Jaguar’s big sedan’s death marks the end of an era for what was one of the coolest full-size luxury cars for decades. This one’s not completely out, though, Jaguar says we can expect a new model with the XJ badge to be shown sometime next year, as a full electric. Though it may not be a sedan.
Canada’s cheapest new car, at least when other automakers weren’t trying to match it with temporary discounts. The Micra even spawned its own one-make racing series (that you should check out). But with the low-priced and similarly sized Kicks crossover, and the Micra getting a replacement model for other markets, Nissan made the decision to end the Micra’s run here.
Nissan Versa Note
Smart went EV-only in later years, but this tiny city car never really caught on in Canada. Probably because we really only have three cities, and none of them have a European-style cramped mess of a downtown. And you couldn’t double park them here. Expect upcoming Mercedes-Benz EQ models to take up part of the Smart’s banner.
Toyota Prius c
After expanding the Prius line to three, including original, lite, and MPV, Toyota changed strategies and added hybrid power to its conventional models. So while the MPV Prius V ended production last year, the compact C made it to this year. But now it is gone, and Toyota figures you’ll get a regular Prius or the new hybrid Corolla instead.
While most discontinued models get quietly put out to pasture, VW made a fanfare for the last year of this beloved nameplate. Including media tours of the factory where it was made and a Final Edition to commemorate the run. Of course, this is another one that could come back as an EV in a few years.
Volkswagen Golf SportWagen/Alltrack
Wagons aren’t as popular as they used to be, and with the new generation of the Golf not headed to the U.S. at all, it’s not a surprise that this one is gone. It’s still a maybe on an upcoming version, but the Mk 8 Golf is 2-3 years away for us, so we’ll call this a death. But VW Canada has some surprises in store: Canada will get the new Golf, even if the US doesn’t. And they’re stockpiling enough of the SportWagen and extra-cladding pseudo-crossover Alltrack to last until the end of 2020.
Volkswagen Golf R
The VW Golf is getting a full makeover for the rest of the world that we’ve seen already but won’t come here for a while. Since the Golf R is made in the same factory that will be making the new model, instead of the Mexico plant that makes other Canadian Golfs, the R is dead. At least until the Mk. 8 version is revealed.
Volkswagen is changing its electric branding, so the e-Golf, or electric-Golf, replacement will be badged ID. 3. That one’s not coming to Canada, at least not right away, so there will be no electric VWs in Canada for at least a little while.
The upsidedown bathtub two-plus-two has been a staple of the Audi stable for 20 years. With a range of engines including the fire-breathing five-pot TT RS, this car started out as a cute, almost gimmicky car that matured into something special. It may come back as an EV in a future generation, but until it does, we’ll miss you after the 2020 model year.
Buick just announced that its big and surprisingly fun to drive sedan will call 2020 its last model year. While it’s only been on sale since 2018, GM sold off its Opel brand, which builds this Euro-import, just weeks before the car was revealed. It likely doesn’t make sense to keep a car built by a competitor going, even if sales were up 147 percent this year. The Regal lives on in China, with models built there for the market.
Cadillac ATS and CTS
The ATS and CTS were Cadillac’s compact and midsize offerings, respectively. While the names are going away, as are the cars we know by those names, they are both being replaced. By the CT4 and CT5, respectively, both models that are refreshed inside and out rather than all-new.