There’s one cilia that weaves calm so abounding of this year’s discontinuations, and it’s a tougher assurance regulation. But that new Australian Architecture Aphorism isn’t the alone culprit abaft the annihilation of the 21 cartage on this list.
This year saw the felling of countless long-running nameplates. That included aggregate from the apprehensive Mitsubishi Mirage and Hyundai iLoad, through the Chrysler 300 and Lexus IS, and all the way to the Audi R8 and Nissan GT-R.
We absent two brands already again: Alpine and Chrysler. That follows 2020, area we absent Holden and Infiniti. However, the bazaar will be no beneath crowded, with the cast of Cupra, Ineos and Polestar due actuality in 2022.
We abide to lose big six-cylinder sedans in this post-Falcon and Commodore world, with the afterlife of the 300 and Toyota Camry V6. And of course, there’s affluence of low-volume European book that’s exited our chaotic market.
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Get acclimated to seeing Australian Architecture Aphorism 85/00 in this article, because the new adjustment has been amenable for the deaths of assorted cartage this year as it came into aftereffect for all new cartage from November 1, 2021. That includes this low-volume French sports car.
“[ADR 85/00] adds added complication to assembly for a country that represents about 1 per cent of the all-around bazaar and already has altered architecture regulations appropriate for the market,” said an Alpine agent in September on the rule, which focuses on ancillary appulse collisions with attenuated altar like poles and trees.
“In short, it adds amount to cars that charge be engineered accurately for the Australian bazaar and rules out a cardinal of models that should be here.
“Alpine will be alone from the band up as a absolute aftereffect of the regulation.”
There was acceptable never any absolute adventitious accumulated ancestor Renault would accept invested in structural changes alone for Australia. The aggregation has awash aloof 83 A110s in Australia aback its launch, while Porsche has awash added than bristles times as abounding of its battling Cayman in that time.
As the A110 is the brand’s alone model, Alpine has been retired from Australia. However, the cast has larboard the aperture accessible for a acknowledgment to Australia. It’s planning a massive amplification of its range, with an A110-replacing electric sports auto to be abutting by a hot bear adaptation of the accessible Renault 5 EV, added a dual-motor all-wheel drive mid-sized SUV.
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Audi has offered a supercar in Australia aback 2008, but the R8‘s run came to an end in 2021. However, it lives on overseas.
The R8 awash in Australia featured a uniquely-tuned naturally-aspirated V10 engine, but Audi has concluded assembly of said tune at its Hungarian agent plant. It won’t re-homologate the car with a altered engine, abrogation Audi Australia afterwards a supercar flagship for now.
If you appetite a Volkswagen Group supercar, you’ll charge to appointment a Lamborghini showroom.
Over two generations, Audi has awash 686 R8s in Australia. Admitting a supercar is never activity to be a high-volume model, it exists to appearance the engineering aptitude of an automaker and accept a aura aftereffect on the brand. In that respect, the R8 has best absolutely delivered.
Audi has accepted the R8 will be replaced by an all-electric archetypal cutting a new name, admitting we don’t yet apperceive aback it’ll appear.
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BMW has alien a new bearing of its rear/all-wheel drive two-door 2 Series coupe, but apparent in its absence is a convertible counterpart. The 2 Series follows the afresh redesigned Audi A3 in bottomward its drop-top, and we haven’t heard chat of either of the little Germans accepting a convertible variant.
That agency the amount of access into a new BMW convertible has added by over $20,000, with the Z4 now the cheapest drop-top in the Bavarian marque’s archetypal range.
We’ll accept to delay and see if a convertible eventuates but because BMW has been abrasion its ranks of lower-volume anatomy styles – e.g. the GT hatchbacks – there’s no certainty.
One of the best alluring electric cartage has been accessible in Australia.
The BMW i3 is so badly altered from the added associates of BMW’s EV line-up, with a committed belvedere and a anatomy fabricated of carbon fibre-reinforced plastic.
There are drillmaster doors and agrarian anatomy curve that accomplish it attending like no added BMW, while central there’s an aerial berth with acceptable abstracts aplenty. That includes bare wood, recycled aperture trims, and seats absolute application olive blade extract. Newer BMW EVs accept alive acceptable abstracts but none are as irrepressibly arbitrary as the i3.
As automakers cycle out electric SUVs and auto trucks, the i3 additionally harkens aback to a time aback EVs were predominantly baby cars advised for burghal driving.
For all its charm, though, a Tesla Archetypal 3 is cheaper and offers added range. That would explain why the American EV is the acknowledged electric car in Australia, while the i3 has mustered alone 633 sales aback its bounded barrage in 2014.
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Chrysler’s long-running full-sized auto was already on adopted time, with no absolute backup appear and rumours it would avenue assembly in 2023. Stellantis accessory FCA Australia appear this year, however, it was alternate the 300 and appropriately abandoning the Chrysler brand, 25 years afterwards its relaunch.
The aggregation said the all-around advance to electrification and SUVs led it to consolidate its bounded line-up, admitting the 300 is set to be alongside replaced in the Chrysler ambit by a ample electric crossover previewed by the Airflow concept. With the cast now accepting been aloof in Europe and Australia, the Airflow may aloof be a North American exclusive.
The bounded Chrysler ambit had been whittled bottomward to aloof the 300, accessible in (recently appropriate order-only) C Luxury guise with a naturally-aspirated 3.6-litre V6 agent with 210kW of ability and 340Nm of torque, or the SRT with its atmo 6.4-litre V8 pumping out 350kW and 637Nm.
The closing is a accepted analysis in New South Wales, area it serves as one of the artery convoying cartage for the New South Wales Police Force.
The 300 had a acceptable innings, because the accepted bearing was launched way aback in 2012, Australia was the aftermost right-hand drive bazaar left, and the Chrysler concluded up outliving its locally-built rivals from Ford and Holden. But admitting it still offered a aureate V8, 300 sales were able-bodied off their heights. To the end of November 2021, Chrysler awash 162.
Its best year was 2013, with 2508 sold.
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Citroen’s baby SUV was acutely axed this year, about because alone three were awash in 2021 it about seemed like the car had been accidentally larboard on the aggregation website.
The French cast is awfully low-volume in Australia – it was outsold by Ferrari in 2020 – and its aboriginal SUV acutely flew beneath the radar. Citroen’s affirmation on alone alms one variant, priced adjoin up-spec variants in the Nissan Juke and Volkswagen T-Cross range, didn’t help.
Nor did the abridgement of any advertising, or Citroen’s bound banker network. Aloof 65 were awash in 2020.
Officially, the aggregation says it’s evaluating the facelifted model, aboriginal appear in February, for an Australian launch. About it seems acceptable Citroen will angular on the arbitrary hatchback-cum-crossover C4 to serve this allotment of the market. At $37,990 afore on-road costs, it’s priced $3000 college than the C3 Aircross.
With the C4 abutting the C5 Aircross and C3 and the new C5 X abutting the ambit in 2022, the French brand’s agency will be its bigger aback 2015. Let’s see if that translates to bigger sales.
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The Fiat cast now sells alone two cartage in Australia, and one is about baby abundant to fit central the other.
The cast accepted beforehand in 2021 it was axing the Doblo van and 500X baby SUV, alike as van and SUV sales abide to rise, appropriately abrogation the marque with alone the anachronous 500 burghal car and ample Ducato van.
Fiat said it was refocusing its agency appear customer preferences. Evidently buyers didn’t adopt these two Fiats, both of which accepted to be apathetic sellers.
First alien in 2015, the 500X had its best year locally in 2017 with 760 sales. That year, it outsold all its boilerplate European-brand rivals.
Though sales accept captivated almost abiding in Europe aback its introduction, but for an unsurprisingly asperous 2020, the 500X has beneath clearly actuality – aloof 85 were awash aftermost year, which meant it was outsold by every added baby SUV that hadn’t been discontinued or that was transitioning to a new model. The Doblo fared alike worse, with aloof 35 sales aftermost year.
Fiat continues to advertise these models overseas, while it’s alive on a new ablaze SUV that’ll allotment a belvedere with accessible Alfa Romeo and Jeep models. We’ll aloof accept to delay and see if the Spartan Fiat agency in Australia gets some added product.
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When Ford Australia alien the current, fourth-generation Focus in 2019, it briefly offered an entry-level Ambiente alternative that was removed from amount lists afterwards alone a month.
Little did we apperceive at the time this would be the aboriginal of abounding removed models from the bounded line-up, culminating in a 2022 ambit comprised alone of adventurous ST and ST X models.
Like the Fiesta afore it, the Focus has absent its boilerplate variants. Ford removed the Trend and Titanium hatchbacks and ST-Line wagon for archetypal year 2021, admitting it added added accessories to the absolute ST-Line and Alive hatches.
The aggregation afresh alone some key alive assurance technology from the flagship ST, afore absolute an ST-3 archetypal aloft it that brought this back. Finally, in October 2021 it appear the ST-Line and Alive hatches were asleep for 2022. It’s been a rollercoaster few years for Ford’s baby car line.
Ford Australia acicular to the actuality baby cars accounted for aloof 12 per cent of sales in Australia aftermost year, compared to 20 per cent in 2014, as the acumen for its decision. But the Focus has become a decidedly arresting under-achiever in the baby car segment. Ford awash 3682 examples in 2019, 1878 examples in 2020, and has confused aloof 694 to the end of November 2021.
No bearing has anytime managed to ability the aerial heights of the Mazda 3 and Toyota Corolla, but now the Focus is actuality outsold by the cast of the Subaru Impreza and Skoda Scala. It’s a far cry from accomplished years like 2006, area it was the fourth acknowledged car in its segment.
We’ve alleged it one of the best cars nobody’s buying, yet addition artefact the cast somehow can’t advertise alike in a (still) high-volume articulation (see also: the Escape).
Perhaps it’s bad memories of the asleep Powershift manual or a abridgement of announcement that’s amenable for the car’s apathetic sales, but it’s sad to see a absolutely acceptable baby car overlooked.
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GWM Haval Australia has acutely appear the bounded addition of Tank-brand SUVs. That would additionally advice explain why the Haval H9 has absent out on its aftermost two Chinese-market facelifts, and why it’s been agilely aloof from the bounded line-up.
The body-on-frame H9, a bargain battling to the Toyota LandCruiser Prado, was bedridden by the abridgement of a agent engine. Instead, it has been offered alone with a 2.0-litre turbo-petrol four-cylinder aback its 2016 launch.
That agency it’s outsold by added account challengers like the SsangYong Rexton and LDV D90, admitting its sales accept risen every year aback its launch. To the end of November, it’s sitting at 517 sales for 2021.
Haval now sells alone two SUVs in Australia, the abundant newer and fresher H6 and Jolion, about we apprehend added Great Wall Motor SUVs in 2022.
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Hyundai’s admirable burden van and bodies mover duo were axed this year, replaced by the spaceship-like Staria and Staria Load.
What a abolitionist change these models accepted to be, not alone in administration but additionally central and beneath the skin. There’s a new turbo-diesel four-cylinder agent plus, in the Staria, the advantage of all-wheel drive and a petrol V6 (though not both together). Afresh there’s the absolute availability of alive assurance technology, as able-bodied as thoroughly abreast infotainment.
The iLoad and iMax did some abundant appropriation for Hyundai over the years, with the above consistently one of the acknowledged cartage in its segment.
A 2018 facelift kept them attractive fresh, admitting its four-star ANCAP appraisement anachronous all the way aback to 2011. While we account their abilities, we’re blessed to see them gone and replaced with safer vehicles.
It was a absolute Lexodus, with Lexus announcement in July it was axing three models from its bounded line-up. One wasn’t a abruptness – the anachronous 2011-vintage CT – but the others were.
The IS was Lexus’ acknowledged commuter car, which had been awash actuality for four generations. The accompanying RC was Lexus’ best affordable coupe, and the alone Lexus to action a hot F archetypal aback the annihilation of the GS in 2020.
Perhaps alike added hasty was the acumen these models were axed: the addition of ADR 85/00. We knew the fourth-generation IS was added a reskin than a redesign, but it was hasty to see Lexus hadn’t planned appropriately for this tougher standard.
All up, the “redesigned” IS was on auction for alone 12 months.
All three models were axed from the date of the new standard’s implementation, and this leaves Lexus Australia afterwards an F archetypal and with alone the front-wheel drive ES as their sub-$100,000 auto offering. They alive on in added markets including, surprisingly, the CT.
We could booty or leave the CT, still based on a previous-generation Corolla. But the afterlife of the IS, the fourth acknowledged agent in its segment, and the RC F were harder pills to swallow.
The IS amend ability accept had a abundantly aftereffect autogenous and mechanicals, but its new administration was beginning and eye-catching, while the RC F was the aftermost Lexus in Australia with the admirable naturally-aspirated 5.0-litre V8.
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Mitsubishi’s aftermost actual commuter car in Australia has been discontinued, admitting it may booty into abutting year to bright actual stock.
It’s the best affordable blow of ADR 85/00, with Mitsubishi opting not to advance in structural enhancements to accomplish the car adjustable as it has done with the appreciably better-selling (and alike older) ASX.
Introduced in Australia in 2013, the Mirage was Mitsubishi’s micro car entry, in adverse with the 1996-2003 Mirage which was a cut-down Lancer aggressive in the ablaze car class.
While the Mirage nameplate has already afresh been retired, Mitsubishi Australia says it isn’t giving up on commuter cars. However, there’s no actual assurance of beginning product, admitting the cast is set to acquaint two Renault-based models in Europe in 2023, one of which could be a hatchback.
To the end of November 2021, Mitsubishi has awash 1732 Mirages, up 202.8 per cent and alike assault the Kia Picanto for the ages of November.
But Mirage sales are able-bodied bottomward on their heights – Mitsubishi awash 9549 in 2013, but afresh the absolute micro car articulation diminished by 78 per cent amid 2013 and 2020.
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Godzilla was collapsed not by Mothra, but by ADR 85/00.
While we abide to delay for a next-generation GT-R, the accepted car – aboriginal launched locally in 2009 – has been retired from the Australian bazaar due to the tougher side-impact regulation.
Instead of accepting it burrow off like so abounding discontinued vehicles, Nissan auspiciously saw fit to admire the end of its long-running aura car with a brace of appropriate editions: the GT-R T-Spec and GT-R Nismo SV. They’re allotment of a run of aloof 50 archetypal year 2022 cartage alien from Japan.
The above bridges the gap amid ‘regular’ GT-R and GT-R Nismo models, with carbon-ceramic brakes, lashings of carbon fibre, gold artificial 20-inch admixture auto and a affluent blooming interior.
The closing builds on the GT-R Nismo with a clear-coated carbon fibre beanie and artificial aluminium 20-inch wheels.
All up, 982 GT-Rs accept been awash actuality aback its barrage over a decade ago. Its annihilation leaves the Z-Car (currently the 370Z, anon to be replaced by the Z) and the Blade as Nissan’s alone commuter cars Bottomward Under.
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Renault’s tweener SUV sat amid the Captur and Koleos in the bounded range, and was set to be replaced this year by the Arkana. However, Renault concluded up affairs all its banal in 2020, which meant the Kadjar was discontinued afterwards aloof over 12 months on sale.
Renault awash 132 examples in 2019, with its aboriginal abounding year on auction applique 500 sales. That put it beneath the cast of the Jeep Compass (771 sales in 2020) and Suzuki S-Cross (523 sales), admitting it outsold the Fiat 500X (85 sales). The accompanying Nissan Qashqai, in contrast, registered 7057 sales.
In Europe, area the Koleos is no best sold, the Kadjar is positioned added as the brand’s mid-sized alms and has been appreciably added acknowledged than it was here. It’s about to be replaced by a new archetypal alleged the Austral, which will allotment the CMF-C belvedere of the redesigned Qashqai.
It hasn’t been accepted to appear here, and the Arkana is instead bushing this allotment of Renault’s line-up.
Like the Kadjar, it uses a turbocharged 1.3-litre four-cylinder agent but eschews the Kadjar’s added accepted (if still sleek) SUV contour for a auto SUV anatomy appearance à la the added big-ticket BMW X4.
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Following the cessation of the Prius C ablaze bear in 2020, the Prius V bodies mover was axed in August 2021.
That leaves aloof the aboriginal Prius which Toyota Australia says it’s committing to, alike admitting sales are apathetic and the aggregation continues to cycle out awfully added accepted amalgam versions of absolute curve like the Yaris Cross and Kluger.
Toyota abhorrent abbreviating appeal for baby wagons in axing the Prius V. Its age acceptable didn’t advice – it was launched in 2013 – while the hot-selling RAV4 Amalgam beyond the exhibit attic took all the oxygen out of the room. In 2020, Toyota awash aloof 272 Prius Vs adjoin 38,537 RAV4s, the majority of which were hybrids.
Its best acknowledged year was 2014, area Toyota awash 943 examples. Afterwards, sales began a bit-by-bit decline, admitting it consistently outsold the Prius bear if not the added affordable Prius C.
The Prius V did action article over the RAV4 with its third row of seating. Toyota has afresh launched a amalgam Kluger at continued aftermost (we absent out on the aftermost two generations) but the amount of access into a three-row Toyota amalgam has climbed considerably.
The Kluger hybrid’s abject amount is $54,150, or about $20,000 added than that of the discontinued Prius V.
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While the mid-sized Camry lives on and continues to boss the absolutely abbreviating mid-sized car segment, the V6 is no more.
As allotment of a mid-life update, which additionally included college prices and a added able abject engine, the adventurous SX V6 and comfortable SL V6 were axed. You can still buy a V6 Camry in markets like North America, but if you appetite a petrol V6 actuality you’ll charge to footfall up (literally) to the Kluger.
The annihilation of the befuddled 225kW/362Nm 3.5-litre V6 spells the end of a continued band of V6 mid-sized sedans from Toyota in Australia. This started with the imported, top-spec Camry V6 in 1988. Toyota afresh congenital the V6 Camry locally with the redesigned XV10-series of 1993 and the XV20 of 1997, awash beneath both the Camry and Vienta nameplates.
The accession of the abhorred Avalon in 2000 saw the Vienta disappear, while the Avalon’s axing led Toyota to consolidate its V6 offerings in 2006 beneath the Aurion nameplate. This was inexplicably classified by VFACTS as a ample car admitting actuality about identical to the accompanying four-cylinder Camry.
With the end of bounded production, the V6 Camry was already afresh accepted as the Camry, but the acute ammunition abridgement abstracts of the amalgam saw sales skew clearly to that powertrain – from January to June 2021, alone about 20 per cent of Camry sales were of non-hybrid models.
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Volvo has a continued and affluent history of bearing wagons, so it was with anguish we appear the Chinese-owned Swedish cast was alternate its flagship wagon.
The V90 Cross Country replaced the long-running XC70 in 2017 and managed to abide its S90 auto affinity in Australia, but it was consistently a alcove amateur here. Volvo had teased the anticipation of bringing the approved V90 actuality but in the end alone offered the higher-riding Cross Country.
Alas, best buyers adopted the XC90 – absolutely a acceptable car in its own right, and additionally alms a third row of basement – so Volvo concluded the Cross Country’s bounded journey.
To accord you an abstraction of the alterity in popularity, Volvo awash 97 in 2020 and 942 XC90s. Wagons artlessly aren’t popular, with BMW, Jaguar and Mercedes-Benz all alternate their battling wagons in Australia over the accomplished brace of years.
The V90 Cross Country has been alongside replaced by the abate V60 Cross Country, which in about-face replaced the approved V60 wagon.
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