Big news from GM today: In an effort to restructure, the company will kill off a number of its slow selling passenger cars by the end of 2019 and also shutter the plants that produce them.
This news shouldn’t be too surprising given what Ford did in late April, but some of the cancelled models had long production runs and will be missed. The CT6 is not one of those cars. Although it debuted to decent reviews, the sedan didn’t make enough of an impact to justify its continued existence. It will likely finish out the year with just under 10,000 units sold. Here’s hoping the 4.2 liter twin turbo V8 finds a home in something else.
The XTS, Cadillac’s last front wheel drive sedan, will also meet its end next year. The car will likely sell a total of about 15,000 units this year, which would give it the honor of being Cadillac’s best selling sedan for 2018.
Pretty much all variants of the Epsilon II platform will be cancelled, including the Impala. Arguably the most tragic vehicle on the list, Chevy’s full size sedan debuted to extremely positive reviews and notably scored very high in tests performed by Consumer Reports. It will probably find just under 60,000 homes by the end of December, a far cry from the 140,000 units it moved back in 2014.
The Regal will live to see another model year, but the LaCrosse will not. It seems the Buick is just as popular as the sport it is named after, at least in America. The LaCrosse will probably find another 3,000 buyers before the year is out, which would put its yearly total at around 18,000.
The Chevrolet Cruze will also be gone at the end of next year. Although it revived GM’s reputation in the small car segment, that wasn’t enough to keep production going, especially since consumers have clearly favored the Japanese models for some time now. About 150,000 examples of the Cruze will be sold for calendar year 2018, down from a high of 273,000 in 2014.
Finally, the Chevrolet Volt will also be cancelled, as well as the previous generation GM full size pickups that were likely still being produced to feed the fleet beast. Both the first and second generation Volt plug-ins were significant for General Motors, but with the introduction of the Bolt, it did seem a bit unnecessary in the lineup, especially since its base price almost mirrors that of its fully electric counterpart. The current model has also been plagued with reliability issues, so perhaps its cancellation is a good thing. Total Volt sales will probably come in at around 18,000 units for 2018.
As the auto industry continues to adapt to shifting consumer tastes, today’s news won’t be the last time we hear about the cancellation of long running nameplates. It’s highly doubtful that the Malibu and Sonic will live to see another generation, but for now they solider on.
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