The Hyundai i30 Tourer has been quietly discontinued from Australian sale, due primarily to the cost impediment of importing the wagon from Europe.
The load-lugging Hyundai i30 derivative was launched here in February 2013 after initially being ruled out due to exchange rates. The i30 Tourer was, and is, built only in the Czech Republic, not Korea as with the i30 hatch.
That was one reason why it had MacPherson strut independent rear suspension instead of the hatch’s torsion beam.
Hyundai Australia’s last batch of i30 Tourers went out to the network in February, and were built in December 2015. Some of this MY15-plated stock remains available at dealer level.
CarAdvice understands the margins were growing too slim, and the business case eventually failed to stack up. While it imports other cars from Europe, notably some versions of the Tucson, that car operates on much greater scale.
While Hyundai Australia initially hoped for the Tourer to account for about 20 per cent of i30 sales, in February they accounted for about 1 per cent.
The demise of the Hyundai i30 Tourer wagon diminishes the already minute small wagon class, now led by the Volkswagen Golf wagon, Peugeot 308 wagon, Holden Cruze Sportwagon, Skoda Octavia and Renault Megane wagon.
As you can read here, Hyundai hardly needs the i30 wagon, given the i30 hatch is Australia’s number one passenger car this year, ahead of the Toyota Corolla and Mazda 3, and behind only the Toyota HiLux in the sales race. We’re also the world’s biggest i30 market.