10 vehicles that departed in 2022…

  • Datsun Go
  • Ford Fiesta
  • Ford Fiesta
  • Nissa 370z
  • Nissan NP300
  • Peugeot 108
  • Renault Sandero
  • Toyota Land Cruiser 78
  • Toyota Rush
Date:4 August 2022

Several automakers discreetly discontinued certain vehicles in South Africa during the first half of 2022.

Have a look at 10 recently discontinued vehicles in South Africa, according to cars.co.za.

1. Datsun Go and Go+

Datsun Go

Nissan stopped making its Datsun products in India earlier in 2022, virtually killing out the low-cost brand for the second time in its 91-year history and putting an end to local manufacturing of the Go hatchback and Go+ MPV. The two Datsun products are no longer available new in South Africa since run-out stock appears to have been used up. For the record, the pricing range for the four-strong Go range was R184 600 to R213 800, while the price range for the three-variant Go+ line-up was R194 700 to R223 800.

2. Ford Fiesta

Ford Fiesta

Ford Motor Company of South Africa informed Cars.co.za in March that the Fiesta hatchback had been discontinued in the country. The seventh-generation model of the once well-liked supermini arrived on local soil in the middle of 2018, while the facelifted version made its debut on a global scale in September 2021. The sixth-generation Fiesta’s inventory appeared to run out before the end of the first quarter, thus the Blue Oval brand decided against bringing in the updated model.

3. Ford Figo

Ford Figo

The Fiesta was quickly followed by the Figo, leaving no hatchbacks in Ford’s local lineup (with the only passenger car still available being the Mustang). According to rumours, the company’s Chennai and Sanand facilities in India stopped producing the second-generation Figo near the end of 2021. Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa was left with little choice but to discontinue production of the Figo, which was offered in sedan and hatchback body styles.

4. Nissan 370Z

Nissan 370z

Beginning in 2022, the naturally aspirated Nissan 370Z was quietly retired from sale in South Africa after nearly 13 years on the market. The manual version of the 370Z, which debuted locally in mid-2009 as a development of the 350Z, cost R499 000 at launch but increased to almost R700 000 by the time it was discontinued (with a few updates along the way, of course). Nissan SA does not appear to have any plans to import the newest Z, so that unfortunately appears to be the end of the line for the nameplate in South Africa.

5. Nissan NP300

Nissan NP300

Nissan also ceased production of the NP300 Hardbody by May 2022. Nissan decided to stop producing the outdated Hardbody since the Japanese company’s Rosslyn plant had begun producing the redesigned D23-generation Navara, including single-cab workhorse versions. Of course, the bakkie received zero stars for safety in the Global NCAP crash test in 2018, which led to demands for its removal. Later, four years later, that did occur.

6. Peugeot 108

Peugeot 108

Peugeot’s little 108, which debuted in South Africa in September 2019 and was jointly developed with the Citroen C1 and Toyota Aygo, didn’t exactly top the region’s sales statistics. Although it offered high levels of safety equipment for this class of vehicle (including 6 airbags and electronic stability control) and a comprehensive 5-year/100,000 km service package, it nonetheless made a compelling case for itself in the A-segment. However, as manufacturing has stopped, this affordable 5-door hatchback was formally phased out in SA at the beginning of April 2022.

7. Renault Sandero

Renault Sandero

Local purchasers in South Africa have grown quite fond of the second-generation Renault Sandero over the years, praising its affordable price, generous interior room and effective engine (a tiny turbo-triple shared with the Clio IV). It was anticipated that the third-generation Dacia-branded version would finally arrive in this country, albeit once more sporting a Renault badge. However, the local division of the French company chose to import the Kiger, which was made in India, therefore it never actually happened. By February 2022, all of the remaining Sandero’s supplies were gone.

8. Toyota Avanza

Toyota Avanza

Despite its rather agrarian foundations, Toyota’s second-generation Avanza was a successful seller. The Daihatsu-developed Avanza, which had its engine up front but drive channeled to the back wheels, was available as a 7-seater MPV as well as a panel van. Toyota South Africa Motors decided to replace the Avanza with the front-wheel-drive Rumion, which is, of course, based on the Suzuki Ertiga, despite the fact that a third-generation version (which switches to a front-wheel-drive platform) will be unveiled at the end of 2021.

9. Toyota Land Cruiser 78

Toyota Land Cruiser 78

Although the 76 station wagon and 79 bakkie are two of the Toyota Land Cruiser 70 series range’s most well-known models, a third member of the family is also available. Yes, in February 2021, the Land Cruiser 78—also known as the Troopy (short for Troop Carrier) in some circles—returned to the South African market after a nearly 6-year absence, but only on the basis of client orders. The 78-badged model, however, abruptly vanished from Toyota’s local pricelist and website at the beginning of 2022.

10. Toyota Rush

Toyota Rush

The third-generation Terios was rebadged as the Rush by Toyota, and it made its debut in South Africa in the middle of 2018. It shared its underpinnings with the aforementioned Avanza and had a front engine, rear-wheel-drive configuration. However, it appears that Rush manufacturing has stopped, and as a result, it will no longer be available on Toyota’s price list by April 2022.

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