As the titans of the motoring industry take a sharp right towards electrification, they also celebrate the retirement of a few veterans — iconic cars that have served them well for generations. While some of these could be the cars you’ve hoped to buy at some point, others are those that have been immortalised in popular culture. Here are six iconic cars that will no longer be in production starting this year.
After almost a century of the adorable Beetle, the German motoring juggernaut finally waves a final goodbye. They even unveiled an emotional video sharing Herbie the Love Bug’s influence throughout history. The Volkswagen Beetle had been around since the 1930s, developed as a ‘people’s car’ that went on to become a cult in the 1960s, celebrating the catchphrase “small is beautiful”. Since its launch, 23 million Beetles have been worldwide.
Bentley recently decided to retire its Mulsanne flagship sedan to pave the way for the new Flying Spur. One of the most celebrated and iconic cars in Bentley’s rich British motoring dynasty, the brand gave this veteran a limited edition capsule to celebrate its retirement. The Mulsanne and the Flying Spur would come under the same genre under Bentley’s roof, which is the core reason why the brand decided to call off the former’s production.
Last redesigned in 2011, the XJ full-size car has been lingering on the market years past its prime. Large sedans are falling out of favour among luxury buyers, who typically prefer SUVs these days. That meant the XJ’s days were numbered. As Jaguar Land Rover have decided to go electric, we should expect the XJ or at least a four-door to come forward in 2021 in a hybrid and much sportier form.
We’re all familiar with the BMW’s new electric wing. But before all of this was a trophy car called the i8. The news that the car maker was pulling the plug on it came as a surprise considering they introduced a roadster variant in 2019. However, in terms of numbers and purchases, the i8 only managed to excite luxury car collectors and celebrities.
Why is the TT so significant? It’s the blueprint upon which the eternally glorified Le Mans Quartro and the R8 are based on. As it made its official debut in the late 90s, the TT was responsible for merging supercar culture with everyday urban commute. As the brand takes a sharp right turn into electrification and features a brilliantly performing R8 line, this sporty legend has been made to hang its boots.
Fiat made a major comeback in the Indian market with a wave of innovative design to redefine city-street travel. But as the brand focuses more on sedan and slightly larger-framed economic vehicles, the car maker had to let go of one of their most iconic cars. It was a fun-to-drive lightweight car that served on Italian roads for decades before its big international debut. As global sales dropped for this mini commuter, the brand has decided to reinvent this silhouette completely.
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