When a car is discontinued, lots of things change for it. From availability of parts to the resale value, there are many questions to be asked before purchase. So, buying a car that’s about to be discontinued is a big risk. Here are high risk cars of 2016.
Force Motors’ foray into the passenger vehicles space has gone badly even as the automaker is quite strong in the commercial vehicles segment. It’s first SUV, the Force One, could soon be discontinued, and a replacement isn’t in offing. Considering the small number of this SUV sold in India, it’s advisable to look for other options. A great alternate to the Force one is the Tata Safari Storme 400.
The Mobilio is Honda’s biggest flop in many years, what with the MPV not breaking out from the triple digit monthly numbers. Large discounts are the order of the day, and even such offers aren’t boosting demand for this MPV. The arrival of the BR-V complicates matters further as the Mobilio wasn’t priced competitively to start off with. New buzz suggests that the Mobilio will soon be discontinued. A great alternate to the Mobilio is the Maruti Ertiga. If you want more space, opt for the Renault Lodgy. Also, nice discounts are running on the Lodgy.
Edit: Honda has just clarified that the Mobilio won’t be discontinued. Honda’s called the Times of India report suggesting that the Mobilio may be discontinued speculative and untrue.
Maruti Suzuki Ritz
The Maruti Suzuki Ritz is a good alternate to the Swift but the tall-boy hatchback never really took off, despite offering a better variant mix than the latter. Maruti isn’t likely to replace the Ritz with a next generation version, which means that 2016 could be curtains for the car in India. The Ritz is said to be in the firing line, with the Ignis “Micro SUV” expected to replace it. So, instead of the Ritz, you may want to consider the Mahindra KUV100 or the Maruti Ignis, which will make its India-debut later this year.
Nissan isn’t building the Evalia at the Oragadam factory, but continues to dispatch it to dealers. While Evalia dispatches may be that of older stock, as and when orders come in, the Japanese automaker is mum about restarting production of this MPV, whose sales have been abysmal right from the beginning. The Evalia is certainly not getting a replacement. Poor sales of the current version make it a particularly risky car to buy, especially considering that spares could get scarce and resale value is already plummeting. Buy the Renault Lodgy instead.
Chevrolet Sail U-VA
The Chevrolet Sail U-VA is in the pits, as far as sales go. The capable, roomy hatchback that has a nice diesel motor isn’t even doing triple digit monthly numbers. Our sources indicate that the U-VA is on its way out, and that no immediate replacement is in the offing. Buy one at your risk as Chevrolet cars don’t have good resale. and if you decide to go ahead, bargain hard. Parts shouldn’t be an issue as the U-VA shares parts with the Sail sedan. The new Ford Figo is a great alternate.