Although we're only a few months into the year, 2020 has already seen the exit of Holden, the cancellation of the Geneva Motor Show and Australian Grand Prix due to coronavirus, and the steady decline of new car sales.
In a challenging climate, it's perhaps unsurprising that carmakers are reducing their ranges, discontinuing under-performers and replacing older models with hybrids, electric cars or new creations altogether.
Following Infiniti's late-2019 exit from the Australian market, plus Holden's sudden departure, the body count for cars exiting local roads in 2020 is already high.
To keep track, we've rounded up every model line that's already gone, or is soon to depart our shores, in 2020 (that we know of).
UPDATE (29/5/2020): This piece has been updated with details of the Chevrolet Camaro, Toyota Prius C and BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo's departures. Further information in story.
Alfa Romeo's smallest, cheapest model will end global production sometime this year, almost a decade after it was first introduced.
It was revealed Alfa Romeo would be discontinuing its mid-engine coupe and drop-top in late 2019.
In February 2020, the German marque announced it would be ending production of its hybrid sports car – seven years after it premiered at the 2013 German Motor Show.
According to BMW, a total of 155 i8s have been sold in Australia since the car first arrived in 2014.
In mid-2020, BMW made the decision to drop its 6 Series GT offering from Australian showrooms after less than three years on sale here.
BMW Australia CEO Vikram Pawah told CarAdvice of the axing: "The BMW 6 Series GT has always been a niche product for us in Australia. [BMW Australia] will continue to cater to specific customers by delivering products that suit their individual requirements."
However, the recently-refreshed model will carry on in the European market with 48-volt mild-hybrid technology across all trims.
The Chevrolet Camaro muscle car reached the end of the line in Australia in April 2020, when the last example rolled off the Holden Special Vehicles assembly line, which had been converting the car to right-hand-drive since its debut Down Under in September 2018.
Ford's compact SUV is expected to disappear from showroom floors later this year, with Ford confirming to CarAdvice that it has taken its last delivery of EcoSport stock in Australia and will not be adding to this stock.
The decision comes as the brand ushers in a new crossover vehicle, the Ford Puma.
Ford's Mondeo model line was trimmed as of early 2020, with a plan to remove it completely by mid-2020, in keeping with "changing customer preferences including an overall shift towards SUVs", according to Ford Australia communications boss Matt Moran.
For obvious reasons, Holden's entire range – including the compact Astra – has been heavily discounted to clear remaining stock as the brand exits the market.
The 2020 discontinuation of the Commodore was announced in 2019, before General Motors announced the brand would disappear completely.
Before announcing its exit, Holden revealed the 2020 Equinox would be "streamlined". Extremely so, it turns out.
Although a fifth-generation 2020 Honda City sedan debuted in November 2019, the new model won't be making it to Australia. The Australian arm of the Japanese automaker announced the current City model on sale would be the last to reach Australia, citing declining sedan sales.
Honda Jazz - TBC
The future of Honda's small hatchback remains up in the air after Honda confirmed in December 2019 that the new-generation Jazz wouldn't be coming to Australia in 2020, although stocks of the existing Jazz would remain on sale throughout 2020. Watch this space.
In September 2019, Nissan's premium brand, Infiniti, announced it would exit Australia in late 2020, meaning its remaining stock has started vacating showrooms, including the Q30 hatch.
After five years on the market, Jeep's compact SUV was axed in Australia early in 2020, with Jeep blaming the weak Australian dollar for its dismissal and suggesting it could return if it becomes "commercially viable" again.
In April 2020, Lexus confirmed production of its large sedan, the GS, and its performance sibling, the GS F, would be phased out entirely. “Lexus has confirmed production of the GS and GS F will cease later this year,” a spokesperson said.
It was revealed the cab-chassis G-Professional would end production in November 2019, with only limited dealer stock remaining, however the broader G-Class range lives on.
In February 2020, Mercedes-Benz confirmed production of the slow-selling X-Class dual-cab ute will officially end in May 2020, less than three years after its reveal.
In January 2020, Toyota announced its hybrid hatchback offering, the Prius C, would be discontinued in the second quarter of 2020 after eight years on sale here.
"Production of the Prius C ceased in March, and we can confirm there is very minimal stock of new vehicles currently left in Dealerships," a Toyota spokesperson told CarAdvice.
It is set to be replaced by the all-new Yaris hybrid, due here in August 2020.
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