Auf Wiedersehen BMW i3, Volvo Wagons, and Toyota Land Cruiser: Cars That Won’t Be Returning for 2022

By Anna Breuer on 25 December 2021
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As the New Year approaches, we can look back at the many new cars that were introduced over the course of 2021, ranging from the BMW iX, the Ford Mustang Mach-E, and the Mercedes-Benz EQS, while making note of the many models that have been discontinued over the past year or so.

What follows is a list of vehicles whose demise has been officially announced by the manufacturer.  Indeed, the automotive graveyard for the Roaring Twenties will be comprised of four-door sedans, a type that has sadly fallen out of favor with many car buyers, as well as two-door coupes, another style that is not exactly in fashion nowadays.

There was a time when big sedans such as Buick Electra, Cadillac Sedan de Ville, Chrysler New Yorker and Imperial, Lincoln Continental, and Mercury Marquis literally drove the market and those who aspired to such august nameplates settled for Chevrolet Impalas, Ford LTD Crown Victorias, Plymouth Belvederes, and Pontiac Bonnevilles.

Rest assured, the market for automobiles works in cycles and, while SUVs are currently in vogue, no one knows what the next wave will bring.

In the meantime, we mourn the passing of the following vehicles.

BMW i3

BMW’s quirky electric hatchback was a pioneer when it made its debut as one of the first purpose-built electric vehicles in 2013.  Its 153-mile (246 km) range seems quaint today, especially when compared with BMW’s new lineup of EVs that includes the i4 sedan and the iX SUV.

2020 Mazda Mazda6 Signature in Asbury Park, N.J.

MAZDA MAZDA6

The Mazda 6, which replaced the Mazda 626 in 2002, was last updated in 2012 and received a facelift in 2018. Moreover, in an increasingly shrinking mid-size family sedan market that includes the Honda Accord and the Toyota Camry, there isn’t much left on the plate for the car that would Zoom Zoom, as the automaker’s slogan went.

2018 Toyota Land Cruiser near Fort Totten in N.Y.

TOYOTA LAND CRUISER

If the Toyota Land Cruiser seems as if it’s been around forever, that’s because it was launched in 1951.  It’s unlikely that the nameplate will disappear into the dustbin of history, however.  Toyota, in a statement, said that it plans to “continue to explore future products that celebrate the Land Cruiser’s rich off-road history.”

2020 Toyota Avalon in Manhasset, N.Y.

TOYOTA AVALON

Named a Consumer Reports “top pick” in 2020, the Avalon was victim to the changing tastes of the American car buyer as large sedans such as this are no longer as desirable.

The 1984 Volkswagen Rabbit GTI. The Golf was first marketed as the Rabbit in the U.S.

VOLKSWAGEN GOLF

The Volkswagen Golf, which made its debut in the States as the VW Rabbit, was intended to be the successor to the VW Beetle (VW Käfer in its home market), a car that simply would not die and kept returning in various incarnations.

While the Golf will no longer be available, sportier versions including the Golf GTI and the Golf R will continue to be available.

A worker inspects a VW Passat body at the Chattanooga plant

VOLKSWAGEN PASSAT

The Volkswagen Passat – at least the one built in Chattanooga for the U.S. market – will end production in 2022.  The Wolfsburg-based automaker will celebrate the nameplate with a special limited edition that will commemorates the Chattanooga, Tennessee, plant where the Passat has been manufactured since 2011.

Volvo V90 Cross Country T6 AWD

VOLVO V60 AND V90

Volvo’s two station wagons, the spiritual successors to the 245 which remained in production almost 20 years, not to mention the earlier P220 and 1800 models, won’t be back for 2022.  The two are victims of the American auto buyer’s preference for the similar looking Volvo SUVs such as the XC60 and XC90, which have more space and a higher stance.

(Photos: Accura Media Group)