Vehicles to be Discontinued in 2020 – Numerous Chevy Cars
I think all of us read the writing on the wall when we heard recently that Ford decided to build only trucks. The decision was already in the works based on sales worldwide. People saw that gas prices weren’t such a big deal anymore, which was a motivating reason to drive an economical car.
Front Engine Corvette
The C8 finally ended about 50 years of anticipation of a mid-engine Stingray. 2020 saw that become a reality, but we have to say goodbye to the gold-standard front engine Corvette. It’s going to be a hard breakup, but you can’t stand in the way of progress, and the C8 delivers.
The compact Cruze has been a star for many years, and lots of you thought the new design was good, but unfortunately, sales were not enough to prevent its demise. As buyers opted for SUVs more, the decision to end the Cruze came.
The tried-and-true Impala has been with us for decades. I think many people think of Impala when Chevrolet cars come up in conversations, along with Corvettes, of course. Full-size cars have lost their luster, it seems. Diehard fans of the Impala have a suitable replacement in the Malibu, but it won’t be the same.
Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LD/GMC Sierra 1500 Limited
GM offered these trucks together with the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado High Country, with the thought of helping them launch the ’19 Silverado to assist with their chaotic production rate. Now that it’s done, the futures of the LD and Limited are, well, very limited and the bitter end is near.
Everyone, including me, thought the Volt was special. Plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) are a common commodity today, but it seems odd the Volt didn’t take the market by storm. There are no siblings to help pay back the cost of its batteries and powertrain, and without it, there’s no path forward for the Volt in 2020.
The Sonic survived for almost 10 years, but now that gas isn’t $4.00 plus anymore, younger people who bought the car for its gas mileage first, don’t see the car as a bargain and moved on to cars with body style more in line with their preferences.
Both versions of the Yaris won’t see the light of day after the 2020 model year. Toyota still has plans to continue the Camry and Corolla, which I’m sure surprises no one. Toyota says the Yaris’ success largely depended on gas prices. With them more reasonable now, the Yaris couldn’t make the grade.
Honda tried to appeal to the younger segment of drivers, but that hasn’t worked out well for them. They ended its run about the same time as the Yaris and Sonic. It’s been said that Honda will attempt to lure Fit buyers to their HR-V, but so far, it’s not going according to plans.
That concludes the latest list of popular cars discontinued for 2020. More cars and trucks are certain to make it on the list for 2021.