The Twilight of the Internal Combustion Engine Era: 13 Iconic Cars Facing Their Grand Finale!

As we reach the midway point of 2023, several automotive companies are already planning their new car lineups for the next year. In the midst of the global surge in the popularity of electric vehicles, many brands are diverting their focus towards introducing fresh products. Against this backdrop, several renowned car models are preparing to bid farewell in 2024. Let’s take a closer look at these iconic vehicles that are nearing the end of their journeys.

Audi R8

Audi R8

As one of the symbols of the era of supercars, the Audi R8 has officially announced its discontinuation. Audi bid its farewell to the world at the Monterey Car Week, the world’s largest classic car event. The Audi R8, a mid-engine supercar powered by a V10, made its debut back in 2003 at the Geneva Motor Show, based on the concept car “Le Mans Quattro.”

In 2006, it made its public debut at the Paris Motor Show, setting Audi apart in the realm of supercars with its unique design and outstanding performance. After the Audi R8 ceases production, the brand’s supercar lineup will be succeeded by the RS e-tron GT.

Ford Fiesta

Ford Fiesta

 

As a representative of the compact car segment, the Ford Fiesta was a favorite among many car enthusiasts. However, in the era of electrification, Ford has decided to discontinue the Fiesta to make way for the all-new model, the Explorer EV. The last batch of Fiestas rolled off the production line in July at the Cologne factory in Germany. In fact, the Fiesta was already discontinued in the Chinese market in 2022, and there are prospects of introducing the replacement, the Explorer EV, in China.

Dodge Challenger & Hellcat & Charger

Dodge Challenger & Hellcat & Charger

As synonyms for pure American muscle cars, Dodge is also transitioning to the electric era and discontinuing some of its iconic models. It’s reported that the Dodge Challenger, Charger, and Hellcat series will officially cease production by the end of this year. Dodge muscle cars will be entirely replaced by electric vehicles. While Dodge hasn’t been heavily marketed in China, it has garnered a substantial fan base, making this a somber moment for enthusiasts of American gasoline muscle cars.

Audi TT

Audi TT

The Audi TT, a classic sports car, is also facing its twilight in the era of electrification. Earlier this year, the official images of the Audi TT Final Edition were released in the UK. Once these cars are delivered, the Audi TT will bid farewell to the automotive stage. It’s believed that many car enthusiasts will mourn the discontinuation of this classic sports car. Afterward, Audi will focus its efforts on the field of electric vehicles and plans to release several new electric cars by 2025.

Chrysler 300

Chrysler 300

When we think of the Chrysler brand, the Chrysler 300C often comes to mind. In fact, the Chrysler 300 model was first introduced in 1955 and underwent a complete makeover in 2005, spanning nearly 70 years of history. However, in the wave of new energy, the Chrysler 300 has faced declining sales in global markets. To better embrace electrification, Chrysler has decided to officially discontinue the series after the 2023 model year. According to Chrysler’s CEO, Chris Feuell, “the future will focus on electrification, with the Airflow Concept electric SUV as the basic direction for electric vehicles.”

Chevrolet Camaro

Chevrolet Camaro

 

The iconic “Bumblebee” from the Transformers series, the Chevrolet Camaro, is also set to cease production in January 2024. According to Chevrolet’s strategy, the classic Camaro nameplate will be retained, but it might be reborn in the form of an electric vehicle.

Mercedes-Benz C-Class/E-Class Convertibles & CLS

Mercedes-Benz C-Class

During its brand transformation phase, many global car manufacturers are inclined to adjust their product portfolios to cater to niche markets. Mercedes-Benz’s strategy is no exception. Reports suggest that Mercedes-Benz will restructure its product lineup in the near future, with a focus on AMG, Maybach, and the newly launched high-end customization brand, Mythos.

In fact, out of 33 product types currently offered by Mercedes-Benz in overseas markets, only 14 will be retained in the future. The discontinued models primarily include convertibles, coupe series, and wagons. As part of this plan, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class and E-Class coupe/convertible versions will be discontinued and replaced by the all-new Mercedes-Benz CLE. While the GLC/GLE coupe versions will see a new generation, it is confirmed to be their last. The CLA Shooting Brake will undergo its final model change in 2025, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class wagon is planned to be discontinued in 2028, the E-Class wagon in 2030, and the CLS in 2024. Even the AMG GT won’t have a next-generation model.

Nissan Maxima

Nissan Maxima

As the flagship sedan for the Nissan brand, the Nissan Maxima is bidding farewell. This series, born in 1981, has enjoyed a 41-year history and is finally reaching its conclusion. It will transition into the electric era, with future models based on the IM electric concept car, offering a fresh start as an electric vehicle.

Kia Stinger

Kia Stinger

The once-promising Kia Stinger, aimed at competing with BMW in terms of sporty performance, is also facing discontinuation. Despite its striking appearance, impressive quality, and outstanding performance, the Stinger failed to achieve strong sales over time. From its launch in May 2017 to September 2022, only slightly over 20,000 units were sold in Korea. The Stinger was officially discontinued in April this year.

These iconic cars have left an indelible mark on the automotive industry, and as they bid farewell, we can only look forward to the exciting electric future that lies ahead.

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