As U.S. car buyers lean ever more heavily towards crossovers, SUVs, and trucks, automakers are responding by filling every niche possible with new and exciting products. However, with the proliferation of these three vehicle types, less popular body styles are dwindling, seen most dramatically in the sedan segment. This downturn for traditional four-doors is more than obvious when looking at General Motors’ U.S. vehicle lineup, which cut its sedan offerings from 13 models to three models in just five years.
Chevrolet was the hardest hit when it comes to General Motors’ latest sedan purge, losing five vehicles total, including the Chevy Sonic, Chevy Cruze, Chevy Impala, Chevy SS, and the fleet-exclusive Chevy Caprice PPV. Funny enough, Chevy is also the only non-Cadillac GM brand to still offer a sedan, namely the Chevy Malibu.
Finally, there’s Cadillac, which killed off the Cadillac ATS, the Cadillac CTS, the Cadillac XTS, and the Cadillac CT6. Caddy currently offers the Cadillac CT4 and Cadillac CT5, which join the Chevy Malibu as GM’s final three sedans left standing in the U.S. market.
|Model||Final Model Year|
|Chevrolet Caprice PPV (fleet only)||2017|
|Cadillac ATS||2018 (sedan), 2019 (coupe)|
As GM Authority covered previously, GM’s crosstown rival, Ford Motor Company, currently has no sedan models. At the same time, other automakers offer a variety of four-doors. Volkswagen, for example, has six sedans, while Hyundai/Kia/Genesis has 11.
In addition to dwindling sales and interest from U.S. buyers, General Motors is also cutting its sedan lineup to help free up money for long-term technology investments, primarily all-electric vehicles and self-driving autonomous vehicles. As such, underperforming vehicles (i.e., sedans) are cut, giving us the current crossover-, SUV-, and truck- heavy GM lineup we see today.