- All 10 examples displayed were on sale for about a year before being removed from dealerships
- Some were terminated or discontinued as a result of brands exiting the UK market at the time it was sold
- Others were affected by emissions requirements or were launched at the wrong time to market
- The other examples featured on this list were so bad that they were always destined to flop.
There are some cars that feel like they’ve been on sale for an eternity, with the likes of ever-present models like Ford’s Fiesta having been in UK showrooms since the late 1970s.
But there are motors that have very short lives – some of them last for a few months before they expire for one reason or another.
Using information provided by Autocar, we have listed 10 models of the modern era that were available in the UK for the shortest period of time – all of them being pulled from the manufacturers’ line-up, which were on sale for 12 months. But were not.
Cars That Can’t Cut the Mustard: We take a look at ten recent UK models – including four pictured – that were on the market for the shortest time before being pulled from showrooms for one reason or another.
Why the motor is taken off sale after only a short period of time can be due to a number of factors, from the brand pulling out of the UK market to the engine failing to meet the latest emissions standards.
However, in some cases it is because the car in question is so painfully unpopular that it doesn’t make sense to stock them anymore.
Here are the 10 smallest examples from the modern era, with the oldest example being 25 years old.
With Autocar’s help, we can even tell you how many of them are still on the road today – and what they’re likely to cost.
It’s proof that in the world of motoring, exclusivity doesn’t always translate into great prices…
10. Chevrolet Trax
On sale: 2013-2014
Why so short term? Chevrolet withdraws from European market
how many are left? about 1,600
How much for one today? £5,000. examples of good positions for
Manchester United players (L to R) Alexander Buttner, Anders Lindgaard and Sam Johnstone pose with Manchester United Red Edition Chevrolet Trax
The Trax was American brand Chevrolet’s answer to a compact crossover for buyers across the pond.
It was on sale at the time the carmaker began sponsoring Manchester United and even released a small run of Red Devil liveried models.
But its existence was short-lived as the careers of several recent Man United managers, Trax disappeared when Chevrolet’s parent company, General Motors, decided to pull the brand from the European market.
The Vauxhall Mokka, the sister model of the Trax, remained in the UK market until 2019.
9. Honda Legend Mk4
On sale: 2006-2007
Why so short term? Sales were blown overboard by German rivals
how many are left? Dozens
How much for one today? £4,000. examples of good positions for
The Honda Legend Mk4 made its debut in 2006 at the London International Motor Show. It was pulled from UK showrooms the following year.
Just because a car was extremely unpopular, doesn’t mean it’s a bad motor. That is certainly the case with the last generation Honda Legend to be offered to UK customers.
It was packaged with the standard kit and was the first model to offer automatic lane-keeping assist as an option, as well as a forward collision suppression system.
But there were two major issues: first, it was offered with only one engine – a less-than-impressive 3.5-liter V6 petrol with no diesel option; And secondly, it cost around £40,000.
With German rivals offering a more premium feel and economical oil-burning engines at the same price, the Legend did not live up to its name and was swiftly removed from showrooms only a few months after entering the market in 2006. Today, it is a solid, well equipped, used family salon.
8. Suzuki X-90
On sale: 1995-1997
Why so short term? Unpopular when available, though arguably ahead of its time
how many are left? about 130
How much for one today? £1,500, if you can find one
The X-90 was extremely unpopular in the mid-90s. If launched today – with crossover sales booming – Suzuki will probably have a success story on its hands
The Suzuki X-90 is an example of a car brand that was launching something ahead of its time and, if released decades later, might have sold like hotcakes.
Seen as a modern twist on the convertible Jeep, the compact crossover offers open-top driving on tough terrain. That said, most UK models sold were rear-wheel-drive versions, with hardly any all-wheel-drive examples being purchased.