Say goodbye to these 10 cars in South Africa in 2024

 ·15 Jun 2024

In recent months, several new vehicles have been introduced in the country, with more on the way. However, by the end of 2024, at least 10 cars will no longer be available in South Africa.

A number of models have already been removed from showrooms, and more are scheduled to be phased out in the coming months.

In June, it was confirmed that the Nissan Qashqai, which has been on the market for 17 years, is being discontinued, likely due to low sales.

Despite this, Nissan has confirmed that the discontinuation will not affect the aftersales services provided to our customers.

“As part of Nissan’s strategy to enhance the brand’s competitiveness in Africa, we are consistently assessing our vehicle line-up and considering future models that best suit the market,” said Nthabiseng Motsepe, Head of Communications at Nissan Africa.

Nissan South Africa is exploring opportunities for new products, and an updated product plan will be shared soon.

“Nissan wants to assure its customers and stakeholders that it remains committed to South Africa,” Motsepe added.

Unfortunately, the Mazda BT-50 did not succeed in the highly competitive bakkie segment in South Africa, which is currently dominated by Toyota, Ford, and Isuzu.

The struggles were not limited to the BT-50. VW also faced challenges with its Amarok after discontinuing the entry-level 110kW powertrain, which resulted in a significant price hike.

Surprisingly, despite its popularity, Nissan chose to retire the locally made NP200 compact bakkie due to its ageing design.

This decision stood in stark contrast to the struggles faced by other double cabs in the market.

Another notable loss will be the Suzuki Vitara, which was pulled from production as the automaker deemed that its SUV lineup is sufficiently served by newer models, such as the Fronx and Grand Vitara.

Additionally, the Honda WR-V was replaced by the new Elevate, and the Kia Rio is no longer manufactured for right-hand-drive markets.

Furthermore, the Citroen C3 has quietly disappeared from storefronts due to a major overhaul of the carmaker’s lineup.

Notably, Stellantis, Citroen’s parent company, is strategically repositioning the brand as an entry-level option in South Africa, with the goal of pricing all its cars under R400,000.

The manufacturer is updating its product line by introducing more affordable models. Despite the update, the models will keep their original names for simplicity.

For example, the old C3 hatchback will be replaced by a crossover with the same badge priced at R200,000.

The same strategy will be applied to the C3 Aircross and C5 Aircross. The new C3 Aircross is expected to launch before the end of this year, leading to a replacement of the existing model, which is currently priced at R438,500.

Additionally, the Mitsubishi ASX might be discontinued to make room for the new Xforce, but this decision is still pending confirmation.

Below is a list of the 10 cars in South Africa that have already been discontinued or are expected to be delisted by the end of 2024.

Citroen C3

  • Starting price when new – R312,200

Citroen C3 Aircross

  • Starting price when new: R438,500

Honda WR-V

  • Starting price when new: R320,800

Kia Rio

  • Starting price when new: R330,995

Mazda BT-50

  • Starting price when new: R630,400

Mitsubishi ASX (To be confirmed)

  • Starting price when new: R409,900

Nissan NP200

  • Starting price when new: R245,300

Nissan Qashqai

  • Starting price when new: R568,200

Suzuki Vitara

  • Starting price when new: R438,900

VW Amarok 110kW

  • Starting price when new: R505,000

Read: What you need to earn to afford the cheapest Audi, BMW, and Merc in South Africa in 2024

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