The little Suzuki Celerio micro hatch has been dropped from the company’s local line-up, with the company citing declining demand as the cause.
One of the most affordable new cars available in the Australian market, starting at just $12,990 plus on-road costs, the Thai-sourced Celerio develops 50kW of power and 90Nm from its 1.0-litre aspirated three-cylinder petrol engine, mated to either a five-speed manual or a CVT automatic.
Speaking with CarAdvice, Andrew Moore, director of automobiles for Suzuki Australia, said the slowing sales of micro cars is the main contributor to the company’s smallest model being dropped.
“Due to the declining demand for micro cars in Australia, we are not currently importing Celerio,” he said.
However, Moore did not rule out potentially re-introducing the model at a later date, adding: “That said, we are constantly reviewing the situation to see if there are more opportunities for Celerio in the future”.
Last month Suzuki only shifted four examples of the Celerio locally, with the year-to-date total standing at 141 as of the end of July – down 86.2 and 74.3 per cent respectively.
As a whole, the micro car market was down 60.8 per cent for the month of July, and 25.3 per cent worse off year to date.
Despite this, the Kia Picanto is bucking the trend, shifting 223 units last month (up 44.8 per cent) and 1806 year-to-date (up a massive 200.5 per cent) in only its second year of sales since its initial launch in April 2016 – making it the only vehicle in its class to show growth.