The death of the sedan?


    Many automakers have abandoned compact cars and sedans, but several manufacturers aren't pulling the plug entirely on the traditional family sedan. (Photo: Joel Feick/NBC25/FOX66)

    DETROIT, Mich. - Many automakers have abandoned compact cars and sedans, but several manufacturers aren't pulling the plug entirely on the traditional family sedan.

    Some college students from Canada checked out the new Chevy Blazer, which is built in Mexico.

    Why are they interested in SUVs? It's a family thing.

    Andrew George, of Hamilton Ontario says "my mom likes it because she sits a little higher and feels a little safer you can fit more things in them, I think its just a consumer trend."

    Andrew's mom isn't alone.

    Trucks, SUV's and high-performance vehicles are dominating the debuts at the North American International Auto Show.

    The new cars are safer, faster and more comfortable than ever. But auto buyers continue to flock to taller vehicles that have more room for their stuff.

    Volkswagen was among the few exceptions with a new 2020 Passat sedan.

    Tech Explore estimates small cars and conventional sedans accounted for less than a third of last year's new car purchases—down four percent from 2017.

    For the first time in a generation there is no Chevy Impala here. It was pulled from the media preview.

    The Buick Lucerne is here, but its days are also numbered.

    The number one new car sold in America is the Honda Civic. Honda says it has a lineup of cars it's not abandoning.

    "When you look at emerging car buyers, you look at Millennials. Now you have Gen Z you have multicultural and first time car shoppers. So when you look at all those groups, they're buying sedans," Natalie Kumartna of Honda Communications says.

    But other manufacturers are seeing traditional family sedans sitting unwanted on dealer lots.

    Cars are disappearing from American life and some experts feel they may not come back.

    While cars are being phased out, Buick is keeping the Regal. The car segment is smaller, but some buyers still like the smooth ride.


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