Suzuki Australia Kills Off Celerio Hatch

by under News on 16 Aug 2017 01:28:35 PM16 Aug 2017

Declining sales tightened the noose.

Suzuki Australia Kills Off Celerio Hatch

Suzuki Australia has announced that the Celerio hatch has been dropped from the local lineup. Dwindling interest in the eco-box led to its demise, as was confirmed by the company in a query.

The Celerio has long sat as one of the cheapest ways to get into a brand-new car on our shores. At just $12,990 (before ORCs), the Celerio even enjoyed multiple drive-away campaigns that saw prices get sharpened further. Imported entirely from Thailand, the Celerio saw motivation from a 1.0-litre naturally-aspirated three-pot banger, which developed a modest 50kW and 90Nm. Power was sent through either a 5-speed manual or a CVT automatic (ooh, fancy) to the front wheels.

Suzuki Australia Kills Off Celerio Hatch

To get an idea of how dismal the sales figures are for the Celerio, it was reported that only 4 units found homes last month, with the total year-to-date number sitting at just 141 units by the end of last month, representing a 86.2% decline in monthly sales and a 74.3% reduction annually. And while the segment is shrinking, some competitors are faring better than others, with the equally-compact Kia Picanto moving in strong numbers and enjoying a 200.5% year-on-year increase despite having been on the market since April last year.

Must be the styling.

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