The progressive electrification of the automotive market and the consolidation of the SUV segment will mean that in 2023 some emblematic models with a long tradition behind them will stop being manufactured. In this article we review some of the cars that will no longer be available as new models in 2023. So, if you are interested in any of them, you should hurry up, order your unit before they disappear from the offer or search coches.net for one. unit of kilometer zero or of recent occasion.
Audi TT and R8
The two icons of sportiness within the Audi brand, the TT and the R8, will disappear in 2023 and, in both cases, they will do so with farewell limited editions. LR8 GT RWD, of which 333 units will be marketed, will be a front-wheel drive version with numerous personalization details, while the TT RS Iconic Edition will bid farewell to this model with the 400-horsepower 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine decorated, also, with many new details, in this case carbon fiber.
For now, the brand’s website continues to allow you to configure these two models in their conventional versions, but this possibility will last very little so if you plan to buy one of the two, you better hurry up. The TT range is limited to the Tourist Trophy series in two versions: 197 CV front-wheel drive and 245 CV all-wheel drive and RS, in both cases now only with a coupe body.
Don’t worry, because the little one in the Fiat family, the car that saved the brand and has sustained it for all these years, will not disappear immediately, but 2023 will almost certainly be its last year of production. We are talking, of course, about the gasoline version since the electric Fiat 500e has just arrived on the market and has a long road ahead of it.
The Fiat 500 and its brother, the Abarth 595, are manufactured in Poland in a factory that has already adapted a production line to manufacture the Jeep Avenger and that must also manufacture the new B-segment SUVs that Fiat itself will launch (such time under the name 600) and Alfa Romeo. That will see the 500 and the Lancia Ypsilon, which continues to be built there for the Italian market, leave the production line. One year, therefore, ahead, but as the delivery times are, if you want a 500, it is time to make the reservation. Just in case.
In June of this year, the emblematic Ford Fiesta will cease to be produced, a car that has been on the market for 47 years and has been manufactured in eight different generations. This urban model, which was presented in 1975, was initially manufactured in Spain and is currently produced in Germany, only in its five-door version, since the three-door version was removed some time ago.
The Fiesta was for many years a true best seller, although it is true that in recent times its volume of production and registrations had clearly decreased. The brand has announced that it will not replace it and that its position in the market will be occupied by the Ford Puma, of which a 100% electric version should arrive soon, pending the development of a new B-segment electric model to be manufactured in Valencia. with Volkswagen Group platform. If you are looking for a utility vehicle with good dynamic behavior and an excellent equipment-price ratio, the Fiesta, despite being at the end of its life, is still a highly recommended car that is sold with 3-cylinder Ecoboost gasoline engines at different power levels.
Ford Eco Sport
In addition to the Fiesta, another Ford model in the B segment, the Ecosport, will cease to be manufactured at the Romanian plant in Craiova throughout this year 2023 and will not be replaced, so if you are interested in having one of the most country SUVs on the market due to its aesthetics, its free height to the ground and its short overhangs, it is time to order it since it will not be available for much longer. Of course, forgotten about the diesel versions and those that had four-wheel drive since this car is currently for sale in a single gasoline version with front-wheel drive and a 125 hp three-cylinder engine.
Ford S-Max and Galaxy
The disappearance of these two large minivans, the first sportier and the second more familiar, which share a platform and engines and are manufactured at the Valencia plant, certify the definitive demise of the segment of large seven-seater minivans of which these cars are the latest representatives on the market. The decline in sales of this type of vehicle, wiped out by the success of the large seven-seater SUVs, less practical, but more “cool” is the cause of the S-Max and Galaxy leaving the market with no substitute in sight.
You must take into account that, if you are interested in either of these two models, especially those who have numerous offspring, you must opt for the only option.
You must bear in mind that, if you are interested in either of these two models, especially those who have large children, you must opt for the only mechanical option currently available: the conventional hybrid version of 190 HP of power associated with an automatic transmission. The S-Max is offered in four trim levels while the Galaxy is only for sale in a single version. The prices of these cars range between €32,000 and €40,000.
The aerodynamically designed mid-size sedan, which was the brand’s first car available in hybrid, plug-in hybrid and electric versions, was discontinued in Korea for all world markets in June last year, but units were still in stock and it is possible that you still find some completely new without registering. Despite the fact that the car still appears in the brand’s configurator in its hybrid version, the truth is that Hyundai is no longer accepting new orders.
The Ioniq is a five-seater sedan with an acceptable trunk and a very aerodynamic line that has a futuristic interior design and very low consumption in its hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions. The electric variant, on the other hand, is inadvisable since, despite the fact that it also consumes little, it has a low autonomy due to the low capacity of its battery.
Another sports model that will leave us in 2023 is the Jaguar F-Type, the spiritual substitute for the E-Type, which will leave the brand’s production line just when it will be 75 years old. To celebrate the farewell to the car in a big way, the brand has launched the 75 and R 75 limited series with some exclusive design elements and in both cases with the usual 5-liter V8 engines with compressor and in coupe and convertible variants.
With the F-Type, one of the classic sports coupes (front engine and rear drive) that remained on the market disappears, a car that offered spectacular sensations at a still reasonable price and had hardly any competition in the market. If you always liked it and you had saved enough, now is the time. On the other hand, keep in mind that the XE and XF saloon models also have their days numbered. After their production was halted last year due to chip supply problems, both will disappear sooner rather than later as Jaguar has announced its reinvention as a 100% electric brand in 2025.
Kia’s attempt to build a sports sedan to match the great German premium references cannot be said to have been a commercial success. The car is a demonstration of what the Korean brand is capable of and, in the strictly mechanical and dynamic behavior sense, this vehicle of almost 5 meters and rear-wheel drive always proved to be at the level of the best. However, and despite a price clearly below that of its direct rivals, sales did not accompany it.
Now that the brand has already announced the end of its production for the month of April of this year, it is a very good time to acquire one. Perfectly tuned, mature and with the qualities of always, the Stinger is one of the last opportunities to drive a car designed to be enjoyed behind the wheel capable of offering impressive performance on all types of terrain. That its replacement is the Kia EV6 GT is a demonstration of how the automotive world is evolving.
The pioneer of electric SUVs in the Mercedes range will cease to be produced in May of this year and it is not clear that it will have a direct replacement considering that there are the EQB and the new EQE SUV that have very similar dimensions. It should be remembered that the EQC derived directly from the GLC and that its sales in Europe have been very low and lower than those of its main rival, the Audi e-Tron.
If you want an EQC, you should know that the 400 4Matic continues to be sold in a single version at a price of 85,302 euros and that the brand will accept orders as long as the production of the model that measures 4.76 meters by 4.68 of the EQB and 4. 86 of the EQE that have left it practically without a gap in the range.
Renault Grand Scénic, Espace and Koléos
If the disappearance of the Ford S-Max and Galaxy certifies the disappearance of the large seven-seater minivans, the end of production of the Renault Grand Scénic and Espace, which will take place during the year 2023, stages the end of this type of car. within the range of the manufacturer that invented and popularized them in Europe. The Grand Scénic, which had already been left alone when its five-seater brother and its main rival, the Citroën C4 Space Tourer, disappeared, is still on sale in gasoline-only versions of 140 or 160 CV and with manual or automatic gearbox.
For its part, the Renault Espace, denatured by becoming a crossover, is still available in two variants with a 160 and 190 hp diesel engine in 5 and 7-seater variants and in all cases with an automatic transmission. Its disappearance will be associated with that of the Renault Koléos, the brand’s large SUV, with five seats, which, unlike its two brothers, is manufactured in South Korea. Renault intends to replace these three models with a new seven-seater derived from the Austral, possibly retaining the Espace name.
For years the best-selling sedan in the D segment throughout Europe, the Volkswagen Passat has disappeared from the brand’s offer in Spain in its four-door variant. The Variant version with family bodywork is still on sale, which in the European market accumulated 90% of the sales of this model. The Arteon replaces the Passat saloon that has ceased to be produced, but of which there are still some units in stock. If this is a car that appeals to you, you have the last chance to get hold of it.
During 2023, production of the Volkswagen Touran could also cease, which has become the only seven-seater compact minivan available after the announcement of the goodbye to the Grand Scénic. In this segment and if this Volkswagen also ends up disappearing, something that the brand has not confirmed (it has said that it will not be replaced) the only alternatives with three individual seats that do not come from the industrial field will be the Peugeot 5008 and the Citroën C5 Aircross, models with clear SUV aesthetics.
An addition to the aforementioned models, others such as the Opel Insignia, the Mazda CX-3, the Citroën C1 and Peugeot 108, the Peugeot Rifter, Citroën Berlingo and Opel Combo Life, the BMW i3, the Mercedes-AMG GT, the Honda The NSX or the Nissan GT-R were discontinued in 2022 and have not been available for a few months, while for lovers of American cars, you should know that in 2023 the production of the Chrysler 300C will also end (yes, it is still being produced). manufactured) and the Dodge Challenger and Charger, models that only reached Europe through parallel importers.