Today we celebrate the life and mourn the passing of the Volkswagen Touareg and Honda Accord Coupe. Both models will retire at the end of the 2017 model year.
Honda is dropping the Accord Coupe with the Accord’s redesign for 2018. The sedan market continues to struggle with the popularity of SUV models and coupe versions of sedans haven’t had sales momentum for quite a while. Most people don’t even remember the Camry Coupe and Altima Coupe of the olden days.
The other argument for getting rid of the Coupe for 2018 is the Accords more coupe-like lines. Same flash of a coupe, but with four doors.
What this means for you coupe lovers is that you’ll have to drop some more chump change to get into the luxury automakers who continue to consistently offer both coupe and sedan versions of their cars, including offerings from Mercedes-Benz, Audi, and BMW.
As for the Touareg, it’s out with the arrival of the 2018 Atlas earlier this year. Sales of the Touareg are weak with the Atlas already outselling its total 2016 sales in the only 2 months since it’s been available. The compact SUV Tiguan continues to sell consistently. It appeals to a different buyer though than the larger Atlas and Touareg.
For those of you who love numbers. The Touareg’s last 1,000 unit sales month was in December. December 2012. 2016 sales squeak in at 4,223, only 200 more than how many Atlas’s sold in two months. Considering the Atlas is new, and starts nearly $20k less than the old Touareg, it makes sense.