First, Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles made a splash when it axed the Chrysler 200 and Dodge Dart. Ford made a cannonball announcement when the automaker said it will kill off all passenger cars in North America, save for the Mustang. General Motors? Its sedans are sticking around, but perhaps not for the long-haul.
Morgan Stanley analyst Adam Jonas told Bloomberg in a Friday report that the automaker will surely follow Ford and FCA. “We think that GM is going to follow” Fiat Chrysler and Ford, he said.
Thus far, GM has not made any explosive announcements surrounding its sedan lineup. Instead, CEO Mary Barra called the segment “significant” and told reporters GM will make decisions more carefully when investing in its passenger car lineup. Her comments didn’t come as exactly a vote of confidence.
Reports from last summer claimed GM has internally researched killing off numerous sedans from its brands. They included the Chevrolet Volt, Impala, Buick LaCrosse and Cadillac CT6. The automaker has not confirmed any of the nameplates’ deaths. The Chevrolet Sonic is reportedly nearing its end, but the small car will stick around for the 2019 model year, to our surprise.
Meanwhile, GM will invest tremendously in battery-electric cars and utility vehicles. The automaker has plans for 20 new EVs by 2023.