Say Goodbye: Cars Being Discontinued in 2020
The 2020 model year wasn't a good one for car enthusiasts; we've lost plenty of production cars. Some of them are unforgettable, while others shouldn't have even existed in the first place. Since production has been halted for the majority of the year and new releases are at a premium. We've decided to take a moment to say goodbye to some of the cars that have been discontinued.
Aston Martin Vanquish
The Vanquish is one of the most recognizable cars from the Aston Martin lineup. Fans of the British manufacturer will be sad to hear that this is its final year in production. The only saving grace is that the DBS Superleggera is a worthy successor.
Audi A3 Cabriolet
The A3 Cabriolet is a very underrated model from the German marque. People tend to look past it in favor of bigger Audi droptops, so it's no surprise that they decided to discontinue it. If you already own one, best to keep it safe; it may turn into a collector's item in a few years.
BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe
BMW plans to introduce a new 8 series to replace the BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe is the next motor year. The 8 Series has been in the works for a long time, and BMW fans are very eager to see it finally. While some may be sad at the demise of the Gran Coupe, the prospect of an even better car taking its place more than makes up for it.
The Impala is one of Chevy's most iconic cars. But over recent years, the car has lost some of the magic that made it special. It's not a surprise that Chevrolet decided to discontinue the Impala. The only surprise is that the Impala survived this long in the first place.
The most surprising thing you'll hear today is that BMW has decided to retire the legendary I8. The BMW I8 is the car that made electric vehicles relaxed. Without it, we might not have some of the groundbreaking EVs that are currently on the market. Surprisingly, despite the car's cult status, it never performed as well as BMW hoped it would, so they decided to cease production.
Ferrari 488 GTB
Best on pure looks, the 488 GTB is the best car in the Ferrari lineup, or rather, it was. The Italian marque has chosen to pull the curtain on what was a truly great car. The F8 Tributo is the natural successor to the 488 GTB. But for those that still want to own the GTB, they could always just get themselves a Ferrari 488 Pista.
Ford plans to put most of their resources into making SUVs and trucks instead of sedans and hatchbacks. This is terrible news for the Fiesta because it's one of the best driving cars on their lineup. The iconic hot-hatch will sorely be missed.
Like the Fiesta, the Focus will no longer be in production. The hot-hatch was one of the best selling cars in the United States, but that wasn't enough to save it from the ax. According to Ford, "mini cars mean mini profit," so they based their decision purely on numbers rather than sentiment.
Mercedes-AMG SL 63
After Mercedes decided to retire the V12-powered SL 65 the previous year, it was only a matter of time until they came for the SL 63. It's no secret that the people over at Mercedes are working on a new SL-class generation to take their place. We can only hope that they're as good as their predecessor.
Jaguar F-type Manual
The Jaguar F-Type Manual's roar is worse than its bite. The carmaker made a lot of noise about the Jaguar F-type's capabilities, but the car has failed to live up to expectations. The British carmaker was forced to go back to the drawing board with its tail between its legs, and now the updated F-Type will only come with automatic transmission.
Unlike its sibling, the F-type, the XJ did live up to expectation. The iconic Jag was in production for over 50 consecutive years, but now its time to say goodbye. The XJ will sorely be missed. Jaguar plans to bring it back as an all-electric luxury car soon.
Nissan 370Z Roadster
Nissan announced that it plans to ditch the 370Z Roadster, and the model will only be available as a couple. The 370Z Roadster is a heavier and less fun-to-drive version of the Z, so not many people will miss it once its gone. But it would've been a different story had Nissan said that they were going to ditch the Z model altogether.
Alfa Romeo 4C
Alfa Romeo announced that it would discontinue the 4C, despite the car only making its debut six years ago. The carmaker plans not to have any two-door sports cars in its range, which means that Alfa Romeo will ax both the 4C Coupe and the 4C Spider.
Is there a more iconic car than the VW Beetle? Even if you didn't like cars, you were guaranteed to love this one. But all good things must come to an end. Volkswagen is discontinuing the Beetle (again), but this may be for good, unlike last time. Let's hope not.
VW Golf R
The bad news is that VW will discontinue the Golf R, but the good news is it won't be forever. VW announced that the Golf R would go on a hiatus to make room for the new eighth-generation Golf. When the R does make its comeback, it's expected to be meaner and more powerful than ever before, and we can't wait.
The 2020 model year has forced several companies to rethink their strategies. And as a result, they've been forced to cull their lineups. With all this new room to work with, the next generation of production cars is sure to be special. We can't wait to see what the future in automobiles will bring us and the next generation of speed enthusiasts.