The 2020 Toyota Corolla XSE reflects the company's commitment to car production in the near term. (Photo credit: Ron Sessions)By now, you’ve heard that some automakers are dropping small sedans and hatchbacks from their line-ups. These automakers are buoyed by the heady sales and big profits of luxed-out full-size pickups and every conceivable micro-slice of SUV and crossover. The Big Three in particular are moving passenger cars to the exit doors. Especially small ones.
It’s not one of those grunting, rattling 935-pound-feet torque monsters that can tow a house before breakfast without even working up a sweat. Ford already has that box checked, thank you very much, in the honkin’, optional 6.7-liter Power Stroke turbodiesel V8 stuffed under the massive hood of the Super Duty F-250 pickup.
There’s a pretty intense battle going on for luxury brand sales supremacy in the U.S. between the current champ, Mercedes-Benz, and the previous two top sales mantle holders, BMW and Lexus. And even though luxury marques are seeing their customers gravitate increasingly toward crossovers and SUVs, there’s a special place reserved for the flagship coupe.