10 Cars That Won’t Exist After 2017 Via

It’s the end of the road for some awesome and popular vehicles in 2017. A number of bestselling and well-known name plates in the automotive industry are being discontinued in the New Year, as automotive manufacturers concentrate on new vehicle models and invest money in new technologies – namely fully electric and self-driving cars. A car being put out to pasture is nothing new, as a number of models cease to be made each and every year. However, the vehicles headed for the sunset in 2017 may surprise you, since many of them are some of the most iconic autos of the past 25 years. Here’s a list of the 10 most well-known cars that are being discontinued by the end of 2017.

10. Dodge Dart

The Dodge Dart was meant to be Chrysler’s competitive small car. A vehicle that would appeal to Millennials and be remembered fondly as the first car for many young and single people. While the Dart fulfilled some of this promise, it never really took off with the public. Part of the problem was that the Dart was a little too small and suffered from a difficult automatic transmission. Most young people seemed to prefer cooler, high-tech hatchback cars sold by competing companies. Plus, the Dart didn’t come with a lot of the standard bells and whistles that Millennials crave such as Bluetooth and built-in GPS. But the real reason the Dodge Dart is going the way of the Dodo is that Chrysler realized that it can use the Dart assembly line to manufacture more profitable Cherokee sport utility vehicles. Via

9. Volkswagen Eos

Volkswagen has some iconic nameplates in its collection of cars – from the Beetle and the Golf to the Jetta and Passat. Sadly, the convertible Eos never entered the pantheon of well received Volkswagen cars. The convertible hardtop just never caught on with people. To be fair, sales of convertibles have dropped across the board over the past decade, so it’s not just Volkswagen that has had a tough time selling a convertible to the public. However, the Eos also suffered from poor reviews from critics, who claimed it was stiff and not much fun to drive. And, as Volkswagen continues to recover from the scandal that saw the company deliberately fake emission results for its diesel powered vehicles, the company decided to save money and discontinue the Eos. This car is so cancelled that they are not even getting a 2017 model. The 2016 Eos is the last model being produced by the German automaker. Via

8. Honda CR-Z

The Honda CR-Z is a gas-electric hybrid vehicle that got a lot of love from car critics over the years. Building on its popular predecessor, the CRX, the Honda CR-Z was notable for being a hybrid car that came with the option of a manual transmission. With great fuel efficiency and a decent price point, most analysts expected the Honda CR-Z to sell well. Unfortunately, like all hybrids, the market for the CR-Z proved to be limited. There just aren’t very many people out there looking to buy a gas-electric vehicle. Most people will still opt to stick with their pollution spewing gasoline powered car rather than take on what they perceive might be a hassle with a hybrid. As a result, sales of the CR-Z lagged and Honda has finally decided to pull the plug on the car. The 2017 model will be the last one for the CR-Z. Rest in peace. Via

7. Lincoln MKS

A lot of people will be surprised to see the Lincoln MKS on this list. A full sized luxury vehicle that was slightly cooler than your average old man car, the MKS has proven to be quite a popular ride among a certain demographic – old folks. Yet despite its popularity, the MKS has fallen victim to some internal politics at the Lincoln company. Turns out that executives at Lincoln want to discontinue the MKS so that they can focus on bringing back the Lincoln Continental, a classic brand and model for the company that they hope will connect with consumers and drive sales higher. The thinking is that the Lincoln Continental will evoke nostalgia and fond memories in people, and that the name recognition will be higher than with the MKS. Time will tell, of course. But the Lincoln Continental is synonymous with the massive old man cars of the 1970s and 1980s. You know, the big boats that were almost impossible to parallel park? Here’s hoping the new Continental will be a little smaller and a car that people can actually park in their garage. Via

6. Volvo S80

Swedish car maker Volvo doesn’t discontinue vehicles very often. The company tends to stand by its models through thick and thin, good sales and bad. So it is a little surprising to see that Volvo is stopping production on the S80, a full-sized premium sedan. After ten years of fairly decent sales, Volvo is bringing out an all new luxury sedan with the S90 and needs to clear space at its assembly line. So it is cancelling the S80 after the 2017 model and making room for production to ramp up on the all new S90. No guarantees that the S90 will sell better than its predecessor – especially since Volvo primarily sells smaller mid-sized cars and station wagons. But the engineers in Sweden seem reluctant to give up on the full-sized luxury car market just yet. Via

5. Cadillac ELR

Like the aforementioned Lincoln MKS, the Cadillac ELR was meant to be a hipper and more modern take on the classic grandpa ride, but with the added twist that it was also a hybrid gas-electric vehicle. Yet the two-door luxury coupe never caught on with consumers. This is likely due to the fact that the basic model Cadillac ELR sells for $75,000. That’s a lot of money for people on a pension to shell out for a car – a two-door one at that. A coupe with very limited driving range due to the electric engine, as many critics pointed out, the Cadillac ELR had about half the driving range of the Chevrolet Volt. Not cool. Cadillac tried to kick start sales of this hybrid car with robust advertising, incentives, tax breaks, and price slashing – but, alas, none of it worked. And so it is sayonara for the Cadillac ELR. The 2017 model will be the last for this car. Via

4. Scion tC

Scion was a division of Japanese car maker Toyota, which tried to position the vehicles as a more affordable option for cost-conscious consumers. Yet Scion never caught on and now the entire division is being shut down by Toyota. While a few Scion models are being moved into Toyota showrooms and will continue to be marketed, the tC coupe is not so lucky. This commuter car, which never sold very well, is being stopped all together. After January 1, 2017, no more Scion tCs will be manufactured – ending one of the worst chapters in the Toyota Motor Company’s history. Analysts claim that the Scion brand never had the full support of Toyota behind it, which doomed the division from the start. Others say that the tC never found a niche and had a difficult time competing in the coupe market, since it’s not viewed as a sporty compact car. Via

3. Hyundai Genesis

Many people will be shocked to see the Hyundai Genesis on this list. The car has been a popular and reliable seller for 20 years. But claims that the Genesis is being discontinued are a bit of misnomer, we have to admit. What Hyundai is actually doing is combining the Genesis and Equus models into a new branded nameplate known as the Genesis G80. And while the Genesis as we know it will cease to exist, Hyundai is putting a lot of resources behind the new G80 model and brand – launching a global marketing campaign and pushing the new car across its worldwide dealer network. Hyundai feels this is the best approach for driving its sales figures higher and reinvigorating both the Genesis and Equus brands, which have grown a little stale over the past few decades. Get ‘em while they’re hot. Via

2. Dodge Viper

Say it ain’t so! The Dodge Viper has been a popular supercar for more than 20 years. The powerful Viper has been the wet dream of teenage boys everywhere, with posters adorning bedroom walls across North America. But with a starting price of nearly $80,000, the Viper could never really compete with the much cheaper Corvette. Plus, the Viper never came with an optional automatic transmission, and who can drive a stick these days? For these reasons, sales of the Viper have long suffered and Dodge has finally decided to pull the plug on the masterful Viper brand. Interestingly, this is the second time that Dodge has tried to walk away from the Viper. The company canceled production of the car in 2010, only to bring it back in 2013 owing to demand from the public. Sales never took off though, and now Dodge says the 2017 model of the Viper will be the last. The car is history once again – this time for good (probably). Via

1. Dodge Grand Caravan

Are you kidding us? The Dodge Grand Caravan has been the top selling minivan in the U.S. and Canada since 1985. In fact, the Grand Caravan invented the minivan segment. It’s literally the original minivan. And families have loved it for generations. Sales have never declined. So what gives? Apparently, Chrysler-Dodge has decided to discontinue both the Dodge Grand Caravan and the Chrysler Town & Country after 2017, in favour of the all new Chrysler Pacifica, which replaces both minivans. Note to consumers: The Chrysler Pacifica will have a higher price point than the Dodge Grand Caravan, the plan being for the new minivan to compete more robustly with higher end and more expensive people movers such as the Honda Odyssey and the Toyota Sienna. We think it is only a matter of time before Chrysler-Dodge is forced to bring the Grand Caravan back to appease price sensitive suburbanites. Via
Jack Sackman

Jack Sackman

Jack Sackman has been writing about movies and TV for Goliath since 2013.