Many have been gone for years.
2020 was an interesting year for car sales with a ton of eye-catching headlines. Bentley had its best sales year ever, General Motors sold more trucks than Ford, and Porsche managed its second-best year of all time. With buyers unable to spend their hard-earned dollars on vacations, many people decided to do the next best thing and buy a new car. We've covered many of the top headlines, but while scouring sales reports, we noticed some very interesting details that caught us by surprise.
Every year, there are a handful of cars that have been discontinued for years but still manage to tally up some sales. We've gathered together a list of 15 such cars from five different auto groups that we couldn't believe sold units in 2020.
First up from Ford is the only newly-released model on this list. The 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E managed to sell three units in 2020. Ford made a big deal about the first Mach-E getting delivered, but the brand could only deliver three by the end of the year. We'll give Ford a pass though, as the Blue Oval will sell many more in 2021. Ford's Lincoln brand also managed to sell 329 examples of its MKT in 2020, even though it was discontinued after the 2019 model year.
Honda had some huge surprises on its sales report as well. The company somehow sold a single CR-Z, even though that model hasn't been on sale since 2016. A Honda spokesperson told CarBuzz, “with over 1,000 Honda dealers nationwide, it's not uncommon for a discontinued model to linger here and there.” Unsurprisingly, the Acura NSX remained a low-volume model with only 128 units sold, compared to 238 in 2019. Kia makes our list with the rarified K900 sedan, which sold only 305 units in 2020.
Fiat Chrysler rules the list with five different models from four different brands. Dodge somehow sold four new Vipers in 2020 despite discontinuing it in 2017, and the brand also sold seven Darts despite killing it off in 2016 along with the Chrysler 200. Speaking of the 200, Chrysler still sold nine of them in 2020 and Jeep sold three Patriots. Finally, 99 people took home an Alfa Romeo 4C, joining a small club of ownership that's more exclusive than many Ferrari cars.
General Motors also landed five cars on the list, coming from three different brands. Chevrolet sold 71 examples of the discontinued Volt, while Buick unloaded 230 examples of the LaCrosse and just 12 examples of the Cascada convertible. On the Cadillac side, the luxury brand moved 116 units of the ATS and 611 of the CTS, even though these models have been replaced by the CT4 and CT5.