Though long discontinued, Canadian sales of these 23 vehicles continued in 2017, and even in 2018
Put out to pasture after a four-year-run ending with the 2013 model year, the awkwardly-styled, impractical, and brutally unpopular Acura ZDX lingered long enough to collect a sale in 2017. Furthermore, the ZDX generated yet another Canadian sale in the first month of 2018.
After a lengthy hiatus, the BMW Z4 will return as a Toyota-related sports car. In the meantime, the discontinued second-generation BMW Z4 (a successor to the BMW Z4) managed to collect a measly 59 sales in 2017, down 41 percent from the previous low point in 2016.
Z4 sales in Canada have declined in five consecutive years.
Although the Buick Verano lives on in Chinese form as a next-gen car, the Verano was killed in Canada even though it was the brand’s best-selling model. Buick nevertheless sold 1,545 Veranos in 2017 and added another in January 2018. The best-selling Buick in Canada is now the Encore subcompact crossover.
After moderately impressive sales improvements were achieved with the second-generation Chrysler 200 – the first was just a renamed Chrysler Sebring – it became clear that Chrysler couldn’t reasonably sell the 200 at any meaningful volume without significant discounts. Production of the 200 was thus completed more than a year ago. Clearing out the 200 was a lengthy process: 2,842 were sold in 2017, including 1 as recently as December 2017.
Never as strong as the Dodge Caliber, which was by no means a raging success, the Dodge Dart was killed early on in the nameplate’s rebirth. The Dart never topped the 10,000-unit sales mark, lost 23-percent of its volume in 2014, and then plunged by more than half in 2015 before its final model year in 2016 resulted in only 1,424 sales. 533 Darts were sold in 2017; one more in January 2018.
Never able to steal the Chevrolet Corvette’s mantle as America’s sports car, the Dodge Viper languished for years as an impractical sub-supercar with limited appeal beyond a narrow niche of auto journalists and Viper enthusiasts. Only 51 were sold in 2017 (plus one more in January.) After five generations, Viper production ended in August.
Launched in 2013 as a Toyota Prius rival, the Ford C-Max faced observed fuel economy concerns – the real-world didn’t match Ford’s official ratings – and the simple dominance of Toyota in this category. C-Max Energi production has already ended; the C-Max Hybrid lingers temporarily. Ford Canada sold 66-percent more C-Maxes in 2017 than in 2016, setting a new Canadian record. But the figures are still low, at only 1,414 sales. Moreover, only 26 were sold in January.
Destined for demise, the Honda CR-Z initially seemed like Honda’s attempt to bring the CRX back from the dead. Instead, the CR-Z wasn’t that fuel efficient, wasn’t that attractive, and wasn’t that fun. Honda Canada managed to sell 517 in 2011, its first full year. By 2017, only ten CR-Zs found Canadian homes, along with one in January 2018.
Not really dead, as Hyundai’s Genesis flagship simply switched over to the Genesis brand as the G80, the Genesis sedan nevertheless sat in small numbers on a handful of Hyundai lots in 2017. Three were sold over the course of the calendar year while Canadian consumers acquired 433 copies of the renamed Genesis G80.
Hyundai Genesis Coupe
Like most sporting coupes, regardless of affordability, the Hyundai Genesis Coupe quickly lost its standing over time. Over 3,100 were sold in 2010. By 2012, Hyundai sold only 1,773. By 2015, only 1,029 were sold. By 2017, after the Hyundai was discontinued, the Genesis Coupe attracted only 345 buyers.
The whole purpose with Jeep’s dive into the compact crossover sphere in 2007 was to take a two-pronged approach. The Jeep Compass was joined by a fraternal twin, the Jeep Patriot. When it came time for a second-generation, while the Patriot was more popular in North America, the global impact of the Compass led Jeep to adopt a one-model approach using the Compass name. The discontinued Patriot still generated 3,009 sales in 2017 alongside the newer Compass.
Land Rover LR4
In a sense, the Land Rover LR4 isn’t discontinued at all but rather replaced. The LR4 was really a successor to the Land Rover Discovery, and it continued to use the Discovery name in many markets. With the latest generation, Land Rover went back to the Discovery name. Land Rover still sold 2 copies of the LR4 in 2017, the new Discovery’s first year on the market.
Far more popular than the dedicated hybrid sedan that came before, the Lexus HS250h, the Lexus CT200h never took hold in Canada. Sales declined sharply in 2013, fell again in 2015, plunged in 2016, and tumbled to only 367 units in 2017, the CT’s last model year in North America.
Effectively replaced by the Lincoln Continental, the chronically unpopular Lincoln MKS became extinct after the 2016 model year, its eighth. But 5 copies of the MKS were still sold in 2017, a year in which the Continental attracted 574 new Canadian owners.
Canadians took the Mazda 5 into their hearts early on in its tenure. Launched in 2005, the Mazda topped out at 11,944 Canadian sales in 2008, but Mazda 5 sales slid in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013 and by 2016 only 1,617 5s were sold. 5 sales actually ticked up 38 percent to 2,224 units in 2017 – another 89 were sold in January 2018. But the 5, which ended its U.S. run after the 2015 model year, will not enjoy a 2018 run in Canada.
Do you want a maxi mini like the Mini Countryman, but with only two doors? Apparently not. The Mini Paceman died off after the 2016 model year. BMW Canada still managed to sell 55 more copies of the Paceman in 2017, a year after the Paceman’s four-model-year run ended.
Mitsubishi i MiEV
Hopelessly lost in a tiny EV market where all potential competitors offer far more range, refinement, and flexibility, the Mitsubishi i MiEV is finally dead after a six-year run. Only 770 have been sold to date, including an all-time full-year low of 67 units in 2017.
Production of the Mitsubishi Lancer ended in August 2017 after years of consistent disappointment. Mitsubishi sold as many as 9,446 Lancers in Canada in 2009, during the midst of the Great Recession. But only 5,754 Lancers were sold in 2017, the lowest total since 2006. Another 227 copies of the Lancer were sold in January 2018.
If not credited with igniting the subcompact crossover craze, the Nissan Juke certainly added fuel to the fire. And it was a success, consistently attracting more than 4,000 Canadian sales. It’ll also be replaced, albeit by the far less powerful, front-wheel-drive-only Nissan Kicks. 2017 was the end for the Juke, and it brought with it a 57-percent drop to 1,900 sales. The final Jukes were sold in November.
Fair enough, the Scion FR-S isn’t dead. It lives on not only as the Toyota 86 but also as the Subaru BRZ. However, the Scion brand’s demise did bring an end to active marketing of the FR-S in the fall of 2016. Along with 907 copies of the 86, Toyota also reported 69 FR-S sales in 2017. The duo’s total fell to an all-time low, collapsing for a fourth consecutive year.
Unlike the U.S.-market Scion iA that lives on as the Toyota Yaris iA (and Yaris Sedan in Canada) or the Scion iM that moved over to the Corolla family or the Scion FR-S that became the Toyota 86 or the Scion C-HR that became the Toyota C-HR before ever becoming a Scion, the Scion tC is dead. 65 copies of the tC were sold in 2017, a 93-percent year-over-year drop.
The dawn of the distinctly less premium three-row Volkswagen Atlas makes it possible for Volkswagen to eliminate the premium two-row Volkswagen Touareg in Canada. Not unpredictably, the $50,000+ Touareg never engendered great popularity in Canada, topping out at 2,332 sales in 2014. 991 Touaregs were sold in Canada in calendar year 2017 alongside 4,534 copies of the Atlas, which went on sale in May of last year.
Replaced by the Cross Country version of the Volvo V90, the Volvo XC70 finally found its expiration date in 2017. Two copies of the long-running XC70 were sold in 2017, though it was once a relatively popular Volvo wagon. More than 1,000 copies were sold as recently as 2010. Volvo sold 2,217 XC70s in 2005. Volvo now produces 70 percent of its Canadian sales with the XC60 and XC90 SUVs.
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.