There are always discontinued models: An old generation is nearing its end, the new edition rolls into the dealerships. But there are also cars that disappear from the market without a real successor. Sometimes their concept has become outdated, sometimes the sales figures are too low or they simply don’t fit in Europe. We present 10 models that have said goodbye in this country in 2021 without a direct successor.
Vans used to be a good idea, but now they are no more. At least according to most manufacturers, where the spacious family cars are gradually being phased out. At Dacia, the Lodgy and the Logan MCV are not making way for another SUV: Here, the new Jogger with up to seven seats will take over cab services for the offspring in the future.
The Dacia Lodgy was 4.50 meters long, as a Stepway 4.52 meters. The most recent engines were two turbocharged gasoline engines with 102 and 131 hp output.
In 2015, the second generation of the Ford Edge debuted in the U.S.; in 2016, the 4.83-meter SUV also came to Europe. Despite a model update in 2019, the Edge couldn’t hold its own on our continent, so imports have been halted for the 2021 model year. Under the hood of the Euro version was either a turbo diesel with 150 hp or a diesel with biturbo and 238 hp.
When was the last time you saw a Lexus CT?? Possibly never, although the Golf opponent of Lexus was sold since 2011. 4.36 meters long, the CT relied exclusively on a hybrid powertrain from the third-generation Toyota Prius. Performance? 100 kW (136 hp). After ten years, the CT was finally buried.
Sales of the Mazda CX-3 in Europe and the U.S. ended in 2021. Production, however, will continue for other markets. The compact SUV still did not seem unfashionable, although the CX-3 was already presented to the public for the first time in Los Angeles at the end of 2014. The 4.27 meter long car is based on the Mazda 2 platform. The engine range was thinned out in the end, leaving the 2.0-liter gasoline engine with 121 hp output.
De facto successor is the CX-30, which at 4.39 meters is not much longer but is clearly more modern. Here, among other things, the high-compression Skyactiv X engine is used; the diesel was dropped in spring 2021.
A legend is retiring: After nearly 40 years and four model generations, production of the Mitsubishi Pajero finally ended in 2021. The last generation appeared back in 2007 with lengths ranging from 4.38 meters (three-door) to 4.90 meters (five-door). The 3.2-liter diesel was particularly popular in Europe, while the six-cylinder V6 with 3.0-liter displacement was popular in other markets.
In 2018, sales of the Pajero were discontinued in Europe, with Japan following in 2019. Only for markets such as Australia or the Middle East was the SUV still produced until spring 2021.
Peugeot 108/Citroen C1
Ever stricter regulations on emissions and safety are costing carmakers money. A victim of this are subcompact cars like the Peugeot 108 and the identical Citroen C1. While Toyota presented the new Aygo X, the two French brands left the joint venture some time ago.
2021 marked the last hour for the 108 launched in 2014 and the C1 with its 72-gasoline engine under the short hood. At 3.48 meters, the duo was among the shortest new cars on the market. Peugeot and Citroen are focusing on affordable entry-level versions of the 208 and C3 for the future.
After a full 11 years, the death knell has rung for the Seat Alhambra. Families loved the 4.85 meter long van with sliding rear doors and up to seven seats. Most recently, it was only available as a 1.4 TSI with 150-hp gasoline engine.
In future, the Tarraco SUV will mark the top of the Seat model range in terms of size. The spiritual successor to the Alhambra and its VW brother Sharan is the new VW T7 Multivan. Its existence is likely to put the Sharan out of business soon too.
The second generation of the Smart Forfour has also reached the end of its life cycle. Launched in 2014 with gasoline engines, the 3.50-meter short five-door model has only been available with electric drive since the 2019 model update. Power: 60 kW equals 82 hp.
Technically, the second Forfour is closely related to the Renault Twingo and will roll off the production line together with the latter in Slovenia until 2021. The future of the Smart brand lies in China: a compact electric SUV is planned as a model after the Fortwo and Forfour, which was shown as a study at the IAA 2021 in Munich.
In the U.S., the Toyota Camry is an absolute hit, but in Europe it only plays a supporting role. With a 218 hp hybrid gasoline engine, Toyota hoped for sales in the fleet and cab market. In fact, the 4.89-meter-long car also offered a lot for the money. But it was only available as a notchback and not as a station wagon. In addition, the Toyota name delivered less prestige than Audi, BMW and Mercedes.
VW Passat sedan
As the example of the Toyota Camry already shows: Large notchback sedans outside the three German premium brands have an extremely hard time in Europe. While this design was still popular there until the 1980s, it increasingly went out of fashion in the following decades.
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The latest victim is the 4.78-meter VW Passat sedan, which is coming to the end of its production run. Specific reasons at VW is the enormous popularity of the Variant, and there is also a chic alternative to the notchback in the form of the Arteon. The next Passat will only be available as a station wagon. If you’re smart, you can now secure a sedan with a discount. How about, for example, the GTE with 218 hp plug-in hybrid?