Their successors are far more upmarket and, therefore, could quickly become more expensive once option packages were factored into the equation. However, sales have gradually declined since those successors hit the market. There’s simply no reason to keep them around any longer. Both are assembled in South Korea and production will officially conclude in August.
GM always intended to discontinue them but the timing had to be right. With sales of the Trailblazer and Encore GX stronger than ever, that time has come. Last year, Trax sales dropped by 60 percent while Encore deliveries were down by 52 percent. A few years ago, GM had a choice: either heavily update the now-outgoing crossovers or replace them entirely.