(“Born” represents date production began, unless marked ‘(Canada)’, in which case it represents Canadian market on-sale date; “Died” is the date production ceased. “Number sold” are for the Canadian market unless otherwise noted.)
While 2016 cleared house, killing off some of our favourite car models and brands (and celebrities), 2017 went after a few powertrains and bodystyles but didn’t leave a huge dent—here’s the casualty list.
smart fortwo (gasoline-engined)
Honda Accord Coupe
Number sold: ???
The fact Mercedes-AMG is making a “Final Edition” (pictured above) of its G65 AMG – the 621-horsepower twin-turbo V12-engined version of its G-Wagen – means we’re definitely marking an end of some sort. But it’s extremely likely another $200,000-plus over-the-top AMG-trim Benz SUV will show up again soon, likely when the standard Gelandewagen gets its first update since 1979. Only 65 examples of the Final Edition will be distributed globally, with 30 earmarked for the U.S.—no word how many Canada gets.
Born: late 2011 (Canada)
Number sold: 770
While it showed up to the plug-in party early, that didn’t guarantee the odd-looking i-MiEV any success. In Canada, from launch, sales were almost consistently next to nothing; they peaked in 2012, at 196 units sold for the year.
Born: Fall 2011 (Canada)
Number sold: 23,000-plus
We regret to inform you there will be no 2018 model year Veloster. However, we are happy to inform you there will be a 2019 Veloster. The model is really taking a one-year hiatus more than being killed off, which makes sense, considering it’s mustered up consistent and decent sales every year, for a quirky three-door coupe. When it re-debuts, it’ll do so accompanied by a hot new Veloster N performance trim.
Born: March 2011
Died: March 2017
Number sold: 6,600
The CT200h was Lexus’ take on the popular hybrid Toyota Prius, but never moved a whole lot of units, so for 2018, it’s saying goodbye to the North American market while getting a refresh for foreign markets. In Canada, it’ll be replaced by a new Lexus crossover, because y’all can’t stop buying crossovers, apparently.
Number sold: 140,000-plus (US)
The Volkswagen “Comfort Coupe” – which slotted in near the top of the VW line as an ultra-luxe Passat, essentially – never did huge numbers, but that doesn’t mean the automaker wanted to leave a gap in that part of its lineup for long. Before the CC was cold in the ground, its replacement, the Arteon, made its debut. You’ll see that car on sale in 2018, but no more CCs.
Number sold: 18,300
With the new seven-seat Atlas taking off like a rocket, sales-wise, VW doesn’t really see a need to bring the 2019 Touraeg available in other markets to Canada or the U.S., so this year would’ve been your last chance to order a new one on this continent.
Born: September 2004 (Canada)
Died: April 2017
Number sold: 30,846
We got the first-gen smart fortwo way before the U.S. did, but in diesel-engined form; when the second-gen bowed, we got it only in gasoline. All internal-combustion-engined smarts are going away in North America for 2018, though, but the model will live on here as a battery-powered electric vehicle.
Died: late August 2017
Number sold: 13,500
Crossovers are selling like hotcakes this year, but that doesn’t mean you can’t oversaturate your showroom with ’em. Because Infiniti already has plenty of other CUVs and SUVs on sale, it’s giving the QX70 a break, though it’ll likely bring it back sometime around 2021 or 2022. (Sales numbers and ‘born date’ includes its FX predecessor, since it was the same vehicle and simply a re-badge.)
Born: January 1992
Died: August 31, 2017
Number sold: 33,000 (global)
The demise of the Dodge Viper not only meant the end of the automaker’s iconic halo car, it also meant the closing of the Conner Avenue assembly plant where it was built. Dodge set up a send-off to the V10 sports car last year by releasing five commemorative special edition packages, but seeing what was our favourite poster car growing up finally go away still stings an awful lot.
Number sold: ???
Built exclusively in Marysville, Ohio – and “reverse-exported” back to Japan – the Accord Coupe missed the first two generations of the model’s lifespan but was there for its third. Its long, proud 30-year history came to an end with the tenth-gen 2018 Accord’s debut. Mid-size coupes in general are going away, so it wasn’t too surprising to say good-bye to it.