These 5 well-known luxury vehicles won’t be making an appearance in 2021.
The Acura line is seen as a highly reliable, sporty version of the family Honda brand. The RLX is a larger luxury version of the Honda Accord, and is a full-size entry-level sedan. Sadly, it only sold just over 1,000 units in 2019, and Honda announced it would be pulling the sedan from its lineup after 2020.
Alfa Romeo 4C
Starting at $80,000, the Alfa Romeo 4C Spider and Coupe sold just 144 in 2019, and only about half that in 2020 so far. The premium Italian car manufacturer has prided itself on building sporty cars made for summer roads, and the 4C Spider boasted a turbocharged 4-cylinder engine which produced a riveting 237 horsepower, but sadly the maintenance, poor handling and visibility left it with just over 5 out of 10 stars on most review pages. The manufacturer decided to axe the lineup in search of a more popular vehicle.
The BMW i8 has a whopping 369 horsepower combined, tucked into a 3-cylinder engine, but its main attraction is its electric-gas engine. At $150,000 with only a 25km battery life, it’s far too expensive to rival the more popular Tesla Model S which comes in at just $100,000 with a range of 560 to 647 km per charge. Similarly, the Model S beat out the i8 in horsepower with 534 to 678, as well as larger interior space, better visibility, and more options for accessories as well as a full pano sunroof. The competition meant the i8 sold a disheartening average of 984 per year since 2014, and the company announced it will axe the lineup after 2020.
Cadillac is a brand known for its high quality, large engines, and memorable names often used in pop culture. The CT6 however, doesn’t share the same prestige. At $62,000 for the V6 version and $90,000 for the V8, it’s a relatively affordable large sedan. It sold an average of 9,332 units per year since its unveiling in 2016, but has been cut due to a remaking of the series. In its wake will be a battery-powered hybrid to keep up with current trends and a higher demand for eco-friendly vehicles.
The Lexus GS is a large, round, and arguably ugly sedan that comes with the quality and durability that one expects from Toyota. Although packed with an impressive 5.0L V8 with 467 horsepower, it didn’t sell as well as its more affordable IS250 or 350 smaller versions after its remodelling in 2016. Sales dropped from 14,000 in 2015, to just over 7,000 in 2016, and down to just over 1,900 in 2019. The models will be redone to try and find that Lexus class all over again.