10 Disappearing Car Brands

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10. Cadillac ELR
> Year introduced: 2014
> 2016 U.S. sales: 534
> Sales change 2015-2016: -47.9%
> Parent company: General Motors Company

For many automakers, electric vehicles will likely comprise an increasingly larger share of their fleet in the coming years. General Motors may be an exception, however, as it was the only automaker to discontinue an electric vehicle in 2016.

After less than three years in production, GM’s Cadillac brand discontinued its plug-in hybrid ELR Coupe. Sales of ELR declined by about 48% between 2015 and 2016, and it was GM’s least popular model in each of those years. The discontinued vehicle is effectively a luxury model of the Chevrolet Volt, which is still in production and available for about half the Cadillac ELR’s $65,000 sticker price.

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9. Cadillac SRX
> Year introduced: 2004
> 2016 U.S. sales: 22,139
> Sales change 2015-2016: -67.8%
> Parent company: General Motors Company

Cadillac was GM’s worst performing brand in 2016, recording a 10% drop in retail sales from the previous year — and the SRX is one of two models Cadillac will discontinue in 2017. Once the luxury auto brand’s most popular model, SRX sales plunged 67.8% in 2016 compared to the year before, the steepest decline of any vehicle under the General Motors umbrella. A lack of demand for the SRX among American motorists may have been fueled by anticipation for the crossover SUV’s replacement, the XT5. Introduced in 2015, the XT5 was the best-selling Cadillac model in 2016.


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8. Chrysler Town & Country
> Year introduced: 1990
> 2016 U.S. sales: 59,071
> Sales change 2015-2016: -39.4%
> Parent company: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

A popular choice for over 35 years, Chrysler’s Town & Country minivan is the oldest disappearing car brand on this list. Prior to 1990, the GM’s minivan lineup was limited to the Plymouth Voyager and Dodge Caravan models — and until the Town & Country’s introduction, there were no luxury minivans on the market.

Declining in popularity, Town & Country did not sell more than 100,000 units in the U.S. in either of the last two years. The Town & Country was replaced by the all new Pacifica minivan, which borrows its name from a crossover wagon Chrysler produced between 2004 and 2008.