The announced discontinuation of a new vehicle is often only the beginning of the end. Manufacturing facilities need to be wound down or undergo retooling. Existing stock must be delivered to dealers, where inventory can languish on lots.

After all, these are often models that were discontinued because of a lack of demand. Incentive programs are often unfavourable given the emphasis manufacturers would rather place upon newer models.

As a result, new vehicles that were supposed to disappear continue to generate actual Canadian sales, albeit not many in most cases. These are Canada’s 23 zombie vehicles – officially dead but miraculously alive.