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by Tim Beissmann

The Proton Prevé will slowly disappear from Australian showrooms next year, and there’s no word on a successor for the small sedan at this stage.

Proton Cars Australia is currently running out existing stock of the Prevé and has no plans to import any extra stock of the car in 2016.

Local dealers have roughly 40 Prevés left in their lots, which will likely be snapped up in the early months of next year.

The brand is currently offering the GX manual from $14,990 driveaway, the GX CVT from $16,990 driveaway, and the GXR CVT from $21,390 driveaway.

Proton is understood to be developing a replacement for the Prevé that could emerge from Malaysia towards the end of next year, though there’s currently no confirmation of that car being offered in Australia. At the earliest, we could see it here in 2017.

The departure of the Prevé will leave a big hole in Proton’s local line-up. So far this year, the small sedan has accounted for 80 per cent of the brand’s total sales (316 of 397, to the end of November).

Its exit will leave Proton with just two models in Australia: the Prevé-based Suprima S compact hatchback and the seven-seat Exora people-mover, sales of which have tallied just 41 and 40 respectively in 2016.

Next year promises to be another lean one for Proton in Australia, with local stock of the Exora almost exhausted and new cars not expected to arrive until the second quarter of 2016.