According to a Morgan Stanley analyst, General Motors will be the next automaker to purge sedans from its lineup to make room for more crossovers, SUVs, and trucks.
The death knell has already rung out for Ford’s sedans, and now it looks like General Motors will be the next company to hear its forlorn song. As crossovers, SUVs, and trucks become more and more popular, the folks in Detroit seem all too eager to turn their backs on the sedan body style.
Cadillac, Buick, and Chevy May Lose Their Sedans
According to a report by CarBuzz, a Morgan Stanley analyst named Adam Jonas said that GM will follow the trend of eliminating cars. Currently, General Motors has sedans in its Cadillac, Buick, and Chevrolet lineups.
The company has some aging models like the Chevy Impala and Cadillac CTS, but other vehicles, like the Buick LaCrosse and the Cadillac CT6, feature modern designs. For that reason, a decision to kill off its sedans is a surprising one.
The Cadillac ATS sedan was recently axed, and it’s not surprising that General Motors would want to cut some of its older, less-profitable cars in favor of new electric vehicles, crossovers, SUVs, and trucks. Killing all sedans seems a bit excessive, though.
No Official Announcement About General Motors Sedans
CarBuzz was quick to point out that General Motors has not made any announcements yet. It could be that the company will simply phase out its sedans over time and add in more crossovers and SUVs to fill holes in its lineup as far as price and size go.
General Motors and Ford certainly aren’t the only companies killing off their cars. Bloomberg notes that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has also killed the Dodge Dart and Chrysler 200 to focus on offerings from Jeep, which only sells SUVs, and Ram, which sells only trucks and vans.
Bloomberg lists the Trump administration’s promise to relax fuel economy rules as one of the leading factors to the death of many cars, but it also points out that crossovers and SUVs are what’s selling right now.
The Wall Street Journal notes that, while it makes sense from a profit standpoint for Ford to kill its cars, the price of gas could go up like it did a decade ago. That would drive people away from bigger crossovers, SUVs, and trucks.
It will be interesting to see how General Motors handles its sedans in the future or if it kills them entirely in favor of more crossovers, SUVs, and trucks. What do you think about all this? Let us know in the comments below and share your thoughts.