- Feb 21, 2013
It's my understanding that nearly all U.S. branded sedans are discontinued. A few specialty niches like the Ford Mustang, if you consider that a sedan, and a Dodge or two will be or are gone, including such iconic cars as the Chevy Impala, and Ford's Taurus, Fusion, and Focus. All remaining sedans, though they may be built in the U.S., will be by Japanese and European marques like Honda, Toyota, Nissan, Mazda, BMW, Mercedes, Audi, etc. I have watched for decades as U.S.carmakers struggled to get sedans, and especially compacts "right." GM had a good run with its Saturn line which produced some quality cars still on the road, but U.S. makers could never get sedans to be profitable, and the list of failed efforts is long. So many U.S. makes are gone -- Pontiac, Mercury, Oldsmobile, Packard, Studebaker, etc. Buick sedans are nearly gone, and the entire line is made outside the U.S. U.S. vehicles are largely trucks, SUV's based on trucks, crossovers based on SUV design. Hats off to Jeep still hanging in with its versions big and small. Goodbye U.S. brand sedans. On other threads I've complained about the various U.S. brand car dealerships who seemingly wouldn't sell me a car, when the U.S. sales people at Japanese dealerships rolled out the red carpet. Can't identify what happened there, and I guess I'll never know. For years I started out with American car dealerships, but they wore me down and last time I didn't bother.