Seven new Dodge Darts were also sold.
Nine Chrysler 200s also found new homes.
The question is: How many more of these brand-new old cars still remain?
The headlines are all out. As expected, the Ford F-150 has once again cleaned up in North America as the best-selling nameplate for the thousandth consecutive year. While this was expected, what is always surprising to see are sales of brand-new discontinued cars. One such example is the Dodge Viper which went out of production nearly three and a half years ago.
Four new V10-powered Vipers were sold in 2020, down from five in 2019, which was a drop of 14 from 2018. While it can be understood that a six-figure super sports-car might sit in a showroom longer, it’s the other discontinued cars that sold last year that are surprising, perhaps even shocking.
It’s almost impossible to believe but seven, yes seven, brand-new Dodge Darts were delivered in 2020, according to Motor1. The unloved Dart’s production ended in September of 2016! Not quite as shocking is the fact that nine Chrysler 200s were driven off lots as new cars. The same can be said for the nine new Jeep Patriots sold in 2020. The latter two vehicles last rolled off an assembly line in December of 2016.
The questions we’d love answered is how many new-old cars remain in dealership inventories and, more importantly, which models?