Automobile fashions come and go, however as revealed by month-to-month gross sales information, as soon as a automotive is discontinued, it does not simply disappear immediately. And within the case of some fashions, vanishing into obscurity generally is a gradual, tedious course of.
That is the case with the 12 vehicles we now have right here. All of them have been discontinued, however automotive corporations maintain racking up “new” gross sales with them.
There are literally extra discontinued vehicles which can be nonetheless registering new gross sales than what we determined to incorporate right here. We saved this listing to the oldest or in any other case most fascinating automobiles nonetheless being offered as new, together with a supercar. We’ll run the listing in alphabetical order, beginning with *drumroll…
BMW 6 Collection: 55 complete gross sales
BMW quietly eliminated the 6 Collection from the U.S. market through the 2019 mannequin 12 months. It had been out there in three configurations, a hardtop coupe, a convertible and a modern four-door coupe-like form.
BMW i8: 18 complete gross sales
We have all the time had a comfortable spot for the BMW i8, although it by no means fairly match into a specific class. It was sporty, however nowhere close to as quick as similarly-priced rivals. It seemed very high-tech and boasted a singular carbon fiber chassis design and a plug-in hybrid powertrain, however wasn’t actually designed for optimum effectivity or most efficiency. Nonetheless, the in-betweener was very cool to have a look at and drive, and 18 consumers took one house over the course of 2021.
Chevy Impala: 750 complete gross sales
The Impala represented basic American tastes at a time when American tastes had been shifting away from soft-riding sedans with huge inside room and trunk area and into higher-riding crossovers. A complete of 750 gross sales had been inked final 12 months.
Chrysler 200: 15 complete gross sales
The Chrysler 200 was really a fairly good sedan, with attractiveness and first rate driving dynamics let down by a scarcity of roominess, significantly within the again seat. In fact, as we mentioned concerning the Chevy Impala, the variety of Individuals available in the market for sedans is quickly winding down, and different automakers are following Chrysler’s footsteps in canceling their slow-selling four-doors.
Even when Chrysler by no means actually discovered its footing within the ultra-competitive midsize sedan section, apparently dealerships have a number of leftover 2017 200s floating round. And for some motive, 15 consumers determined to signal the dotted line to take one in every of these ageing sedans house final 12 months. Apparently, Chrysler offered 9 200s over the course of the 2020 gross sales 12 months, so gross sales had been really up in 2021 for a sedan that ended manufacturing in 2017.
Chrysler City & Nation: 4 complete gross sales
We’re undecided how Chrysler sellers had been in a position to log 4 City & Nation minivan gross sales final 12 months, however right here we’re. Chrysler pulled the plug on its long-running minivan method again in 2016 when it was changed by the modern Pacifica. We hope these consumers bought actually stable offers.
Dodge Dart: 10 complete gross sales
Dodge discontinued the compact Dart again in 2016, simply three years after its launch. The automaker simply wasn’t in a position to compete with the section leaders just like the Honda Civic or the gross sales juggernaut that’s the Toyota Corolla. Even supposing it has been useless for a number of years, Dodge managed to promote 10 Darts in 2021. A 12 months in the past, Dodge managed to maneuver seven of ’em, so once more, that is enchancment!
Dodge Viper: 4 complete gross sales
Dodge discontinued the rip-roaring Viper after the 2017 mannequin 12 months, however there are nonetheless a number of left in dealerships across the nation. Over the course of 2021, Dodge managed to promote 4 SRT Vipers.
It is fascinating to assume that these consumers had the choice of driving house in a brand-new mid-engine Corvette, however selected to go in a wholly completely different course. One thing tells us they will not be disenchanted with its 640-horsepower naturally aspirated V10 engine, even when it is mounted method out in entrance of the motive force as a substitute of the preferable sportscar location behind the passenger compartment.
Fiat 500: 51 complete gross sales
Fiat hasn’t precisely pulled itself totally out of the U.S. market, nevertheless it’s shut. A fast look on the Fiat USA web site reveals just one car, the 500X crossover. Gone are the unique 500, pumped-up 500L and 124 Spider. Let’s all collectively hope the 51 500 consumers final 12 months opted for Abarth fashions.
Infiniti QX30: 1 complete sale
The Infiniti QX30, a collaboration designed and constructed with Mercedes-Benz, ended manufacturing after the 2019 mannequin 12 months. Nonetheless, one single solitary little crossover was offered to a brand new purchaser in 2021. Odd alternative; we hope they bought a superb deal.
Jeep Patriot: 16 complete gross sales
Jeep discontinued the Patriot in 2017 when it launched the newest model of its compact Compass crossover. Even supposing it is three full mannequin years outdated, there are nonetheless some Patriots milling about on Jeep dealerships throughout America. In complete, Jeep offered 16 Patriots in 2021, which one way or the other is 13 greater than they offered in 2020.
Nissan 370Z: 36 complete gross sales
Nissan axed the 370Z Roadster after the 2019 mannequin 12 months, with the substitute Z coming in 2023 with a twin-turbo V6 engine that spins out 400 horsepower. Earlier this 12 months, Nissan confirmed in a press release to Autoblog that there have been nonetheless a number of 370Z stragglers sitting on dealership heaps in 2021, with the entire tally standing at 36 gross sales.
Toyota FJ Cruiser: 1 complete sale
And now we come to the ultimate, and oldest, new sale made by any automaker over the course of 2021. Someway, a way, a lone Toyota dealership held on to an FJ Cruiser, a mannequin that ended manufacturing in 2014, and offered it to a brand new purchaser in 2021. To them we are saying: Congratulations. You obtain the oldest new automotive in America (that we all know of), and it is a cool one. Take pleasure in.