Soon it will be
Halloween, the time when automakers turn the page from one model
year to another. Itís also when automobiles once touted as the
latest and greatest die, passing into the history books either
fondly remembered or ridiculed and reviled. And so, itís time to
mourn the vehicles whose time has come and gone, passing into the
great beyond for the 2019 model year.
Were they tricks or
treats? Letís find out.
ó Alfa Romeo 4C
Coupe: If youíre going to have fun in an affordable Italian sports
car, one that has a Formula 1-inspired carbon fiber monocoque
chassis, youíd want it to be a droptop, right? Thatís why Alfa
Romeoís seductive 4C Spider convertible remains in production,
while the 4C Coupe has been axed.
ó Cadillac ATS
Sedan: Cadillacís compact sedan joins the Catera and Cimarron as
GM consolidates its sedan line-up. Given consumersí preference for
compact crossovers like Cadillacís excellent new XT4, itís
little wonder this cramped car is dying. The ATS Coupe survives, but
only for another year.
ó Chevrolet City
Express: This badge-engineered version of Nissanís NV200 was never
popular, despite offering two years of free maintenance. The
NV200ís sales were more than double Chevyís; Fordís Transit
Connect outsold it by more than 4-to-1. Even the Fiat-based Ram
ProMaster City outpaced it.
ó Ford C-Max:
Neither good looking nor popular, Fordís hybrid and plug-in hybrid
never reached Toyota Prius levels of acceptance, and no wonder. Its
fuel economy never matched the Priusís either. And while the C-Max
is fun to drive, Ford has failed to update it, a problem that
plagues most of its line-up.
ó Ford Focus:
Despite its age, the Focus is still agile and fun to drive,
something most of its competitors never mastered. While the
Focusís older platform is smaller than newer rivals, it still
offers decent practicality and fuel economy. And itís offered as
an EV or in high-performance RS and ST trim.
ó Volkswagen Tiguan
Limited: When Volkswagen introduced a larger, better equipped, they
continued selling the older, smaller Tiguan as the Tiguan Limited.
But the old modelís price wasnít cheap enough when comparably
equipped to make it competitive. And who wants the old Tiguan
Not long for this
world: The Ford Taurus will be built through March; the Ford Fiesta
through May. The Volkswagen Beetle will survive through July,
offered as ďThe Final Edition,Ē Opel plans to stop building the
Buick Cascada, although GM has not confirmed the report, or when it