The fashionable-era motors on sale within the UK for the shortest time earlier than being culled from showrooms



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There are some vehicles that really feel like they have been on sale for an eternity, with the likes of ever-present fashions like Ford’s Fiesta being in UK showrooms for the reason that late Nineteen Seventies.

However there are motors that lived far shorter lives – a few of them lasting simply months earlier than being culled for one motive or one other.

Utilizing info offered by Autocar, we have listed 10 fashions from the trendy period that had been out there within the UK for the shortest interval – all of them being pulled from makers’ line-ups wanting being on sale for 12 months.



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Why a motor is taken off sale after solely a brief time period could possibly be all the way down to a variety of elements, from the model bowing out of the UK market to the engine failing to fulfill the newest emissions requirements.

Nonetheless, in some situations it’s as a result of the automotive in query is so painfully unpopular that it not is sensible to inventory them.

Listed here are the ten shortest-lived examples from the trendy period, with the oldest instance courting again 25 years.

With the assistance of Autocar, we are able to additionally inform you what number of of them are nonetheless on the highway at present – and what they’re doubtless price. 

It is proof that within the motoring world, exclusivity does not at all times translate to large costs… 

10. Chevrolet Trax

On sale: 2013-2014

Why so short-lived? Chevrolet pulled out of the European market 

What number of are left? Approx 1,600

How a lot for one at present? Good situation examples for £5,000



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The Trax was US model Chevrolet’s reply to a compact crossover for consumers throughout the pond.

It was on sale across the time the automotive maker started sponsoring Manchester United and even launched a small run of Purple Satan liveried fashions.

However its existence was as short-lived because the careers of many latest Man United managers, with the Trax disappearing when Chevrolet’s mother or father firm Common Motors determined to tug the model from the European Market.

The Trax’s sister mannequin, the Vauxhall Mokka, stayed on the UK market till 2019.  

9. Honda Legend Mk4

On sale: 2006-2007

Why so short-lived? Gross sales blown out of the water by German rivals

What number of are left? Dozens

How a lot for one at present? Good situation examples for £4,000 



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Simply because a automotive was massively unpopular, that does not essentially translate to it being a foul motor. That is definitely the case with the ultimate technology Honda Legend supplied to UK clients.

It was filled with commonplace equipment and was the primary mannequin to supply automated lane-keep help as an choice, in addition to a ahead collision mitigation system.

However there have been two main points: firstly, it was supplied with only one engine – a less-than-impressive 3.5-litre V6 petrol with no diesel choice in any respect; and secondly, it was priced at round £40,000. 

With extra premium-feeling German rivals on the similar value and providing economical oil-burning engines, the Legend did not reside as much as its identify and was quickly dropped from showrooms solely months after getting into the market in 2006. Right now, it is a stable, well-equipped, used household saloon.

8. Suzuki X-90 

On sale: 1995-1997

Why so short-lived? Unpopular when out there, although arguably forward of its time

What number of are left? Approx 130

How a lot for one at present? £1,500, if you’ll find one



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The Suzuki X-90 is an instance of a automotive model launching one thing that was forward of its time and, if launched a long time later, would most likely have bought like hotcakes.

Seen as a modern-twist on the convertible Jeep, the compact crossover providing open-top driving on troublesome terrain. That stated, most UK fashions bought had been rear-wheel-drive variations, with hardly any all-wheel-drive examples purchased.

The tiny dimensions and quirky seems had been an excessive amount of for reserved UK drivers who averted it just like the plague.

Many will most fondly keep in mind it for its use as a advertising device by Purple Bull, who painted a variety of them in model colors, strapped an infinite vitality drink can to the again and despatched them to occasions handy out free samples of their sugary drinks. 

7. Nissan Dice

On sale: 2010

Why so short-lived? Trade price made it non-profitable for sellers on the time

What number of are left? Approx 1,000

How a lot for one at present? Good situation examples for £3,200 



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The Nissan Dice is without doubt one of the most unusual fashions to ever hit the market – and its launch occasion in London, the place it was encased in a large ice dice on the Southbank – was a becoming method to introduce it as an ‘official’ UK automotive.

That is to not say the Dice wasn’t on British roads earlier than 2010. The box-shaped small motor had gained a large cult following for its standout seems, with some drivers importing earlier examples from Japan. 

Such was the demand that Nissan deemed it a good suggestion to introduce it as a right-hand-drive UK mannequin, making 1,000 out there in 2010.

However that was the lot, with the poor alternate price between the Yen and the Pound that means there have been no revenue margins for sellers. Because of this, it was axed earlier than a second cargo might arrive, simply incomes its place right here within the record.

6. Renault Fluence Z.E

On sale: 2012-2013

Why so short-lived? Trade price made it non-profitable for sellers on the time

What number of are left? Simply 47

How a lot for one at present? If you’ll find one, over £5,000



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There weren’t many ‘good’ early full-electric automobiles, and the Fluence undoubtedly sits in that bracket.

The Fluence was a medium-sized saloon automotive bought in mainland Europe, however as a part of Renault’s early experimentation with electrification was – for some motive – picked as the perfect mannequin to shoehorn a zero-emission powertrain.

It was, with out query, horrible to drive and supplied a claimed vary of 115 miles – although was, in the actual phrase, down within the double digits. And provided that small saloon vehicles have not been well-liked within the UK for many years, was massively missed by a market removed from prepared to contemplate switching to electrical energy.

Renault bought simply 79 examples in a 12-month stint. But they’ve nonetheless managed to carry their worth comparatively nicely at present, exhibiting simply how sturdy the demand is for second-hand EVs.

5. Renault Koleos Mk1

On sale: 2008-2009

Why so short-lived? Not a correct 4X4 + not a cost-effective crossover = not well-liked

What number of are left? Approx 1,800

How a lot for one at present? Good situation instance for £2,000 



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French model Renault jumped the gun on the SUV growth when it launched the unique Koleos within the UK in 2008.

Whereas it did have all-wheel-drive it wasn’t a standard offroader providing large floor clearance and a sturdy design. Nor was it economical – or fashionable feeling – to compete with the, on the time, rising market of crossovers, like Honda’s CR-V.

It was additionally bought solely with old-hat diesel engines, with was sufficient motive for consumers to dodge the automotive solely. 

Nearly a decade after pulling the unique Koelos from showrooms, Renault relaunched the identify in 2017 for one more SUV assault. However, like its predecessor, it had an early exit from the market, taken off sale in 2020 as a result of ‘industrial causes’.  

4. Saab 9-5 Mk2

On sale: 2010-2011

Why so short-lived? Saab went bust in 2011

What number of are left? Approx 1,000

How a lot for one at present? If you’ll find one, round £5,000



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Whereas the unique Saab 9-5 was a glowing success, the identical cannot be stated about its second try launched in 2010.

It was launched at a time when the Swedish model was on the point of collapse, having had simply divorced from Common Motors and in determined want of a money injection. It had pinned its hopes on a second-generation 9-5 delivering, however with primarily a Vauxhall Insignia beneath it had little likelihood competing with government rivals from Audi, BMW and Mercedes. 

Whereas adjustments had been made to the suspension to make it really feel supple on UK roads, the experience was horrible, dealing with even worse and the steering wheel affected by fixed vibrations. 

Saab went bankrupt in December 2011, which spelled the top for the 9-5.

3. Subaru B9 Tribeca

On sale: 2006-2007

Why so short-lived? Painfully costly operating prices

What number of are left? Approx 350

How a lot for one at present? If you’ll find one, round £6,000



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As terrible because the B9 Tribecas styling was, its unimaginable dullness and excessive operating prices had been a much bigger contributing issue to UK gross sales flopping.

The a lot ridiculed ‘snout’ was a ‘spread-wing’ design launched by Subaru as a nod to its aeronautical heritage. What works nicely on a Bugatti clearly does not translate to a household SUV. 

Its mixture of a flat-six, 3.0-litre ‘Boxer’ petrol engine and a five-speed automated transmission was a nightmare when it got here to car excise obligation, with 291g/km placing it within the highest doable band, which at present interprets to annual tax payments of £600 a 12 months! 

With a claimed gas economic system of 23mpg, it’s very comprehensible why this wasn’t successful – and why Subaru hauled it out of showrooms.

2. Suzuki Kizashi

On sale: 2012-2013

Why so short-lived? Not match for the UK market, particularly with saloon gross sales in decline

What number of are left? Approx 305

How a lot for one at present? If you’ll find one, round £5,500



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Suzuki performed a harmful sport within the early 2010s by asking clients and the press in the event that they’d have an interest within the arrival of a brand new household saloon mannequin with four-wheel drive and one engine selection of a 2.4-litre V6 petrol.

Extremely, the suggestions should have been optimistic, because the Kizashi was delivered to UK shores. However those that feigned curiosity within the thought of the Japanese government saloon did not put their cash the place their mouth was.

Demand for the mannequin was exceptionally low, not least as a result of there wasn’t a diesel choice, which meant excessive 191g/km CO2 emissions.

Once more, that is an instance of a automotive that wasn’t match for the market, however wasn’t truly all that dangerous. Comfy, nice to drive and assured to manage within the worst climate Britain might throw at it, it would not make a foul inexpensive household run-around at present. 

1. Honda Emblem 

On sale: 2000-2001

Why so short-lived? Scarcely outfitted and super-basic supermini no person wished

What number of are left? Approx 600

How a lot for one at present? Good situation examples for £900



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By no means heard of the Honda Emblem? That is comprehensible, as a result of it was solely on sale within the UK for 9 months earlier than bosses on the Japanese agency hit the ejector seat button on this dinky mannequin.

It hit the market in April 2000, however by January 2001 was terminated from the UK market, which is unquestionably one of many shortest sale runs of any automotive bought in Britain within the fashionable period. 

Surveys carried out across the time of being on sale stated it was probably the most dependable vehicles you would purchase. Thought that is as a result of it was so void of kit that there was actually nothing to go unsuitable.

It was hauled from showrooms to make means for the Jazz supermini that adopted and went on to develop into a UK hit. You get the sensation the Emblem was launched by Honda to place the feelers out for a compact mannequin on the time.

> For a full record of each short-lived automotive bought within the UK, checkout Autocar’s full slideshow of examples

Latest fashions you may not know have been culled

Mercedes-Benz X-Class (2018-2020)



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The German premium model recognized a gap out there in 2018 – the dearth of an executive-class pick-up truck. So it signed a cope with Nissan to make use of its Navara and clad it in Mercedes badges and a extra up-market inside to create the X-Class.

However there wasn’t a lot demand for a complicated truck, with consumers persevering with to purchase the cheaper Nissan. Decide-up gross sales additionally went into decline, spelling an finish for the X-Class. 

Bentley Bentayga diesel (2017-2019)



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One other fashionable instance of a motor not being in showrooms for lengthy was the diesel Bentley Bentayga – the long-lasting British agency’s first, and certain final – oil burner.

It arrived within the wake of mother or father agency VW’s dieselgate scandal, and was quickly axed from the vary. 

Fiat/Abarth 124 Spider (2017-2019)



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The Mazda MX-5 is the best-selling roadster of all time. The newest instance is an excellent mixture of affordability and pure driving dynamics.

This feels like all the suitable recipes for Fiat to make use of for the rebirth of the 124 nameplate, with the arrival of a warmer Abarth model. However with Fiat’s personal 1.4-turbo petrol engine beneath the bonnet, it was a poorer – flatter – various to Mazda’s icon and disappeared from the market after simply three years.

Suzuki Jimny Mk4 (2018-2020)



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One instance we had been sorry to see disappear was the newest Suzuki Jimny. The boxy compact SUV gained followers for its cute seems and spectacular off-road capacity. Suzuki could not make them quick sufficient to appease demand.

Nevertheless it was emissions that spelled the untimely finish for the dinky 4X4. Carbon emissions of 154g/km had been just too excessive for Suzuki to fulfill targets and it was culled because of this. It is now again as a industrial car – assembly much less strict CO2 targets – with no rear seats.  

Vary Rover Evoque Convertible (2016-2019)



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The Evoque has undoubtedly been a gross sales hit for Land Rover, however the choice to lop the roof off the compact SUV is a doubtful one. It launched the Convertible in 2016, and it appeared like a tub on wheels.

Beginning costs had been astronomical – round £47,000 – and the added weight required to stiffen the chassis to manage with out a fastened roof completely obliterated any driving traits it had. When the Mk2 Evoque hit the market in 2019, no drop-top model was supplied – for good motive.