January 6, 2021

Gone But Surely Not Forgotten: Which Cars Will Be Abandoned in Malaysia in 2020?

Earlier in our year-end review, we looked at the biggest car launches, but in this article, we will focus on models that were discontinued in 2020. Some of them will be retired due to replacement, poor sales.

Without further distraction, let's get some motor oil on for those downed models that died in 2020.

BMW 1 Series CKD


If you've always wanted a new BMW for less than RM 200,000, your only option would be the F20 generation BMW 118i, which started from RM 188,800. Now that BMW has launched the new generation F40 1 Series, so has BMW's affordable label.

This also saw the end of the locally assembled 1-series (CKD), as the M135i is the only variant of BMW's sedan and is completely imported (CBU) from Germany.

Minor variants of the BMW 1 Series are unlikely to make it here. After all, BMW Malaysia probably wouldn't want to cannibalize sales of the BMW X1 taking over from the 1 Series as the cheapest BMW for sale here (starting at RM 208,368 without SST, valid until December 31, 2020).

Honda City GM6


Honda City, a Malaysian favorite, saw an entirely new generation launched this year with a highly controversial ad campaign. While the new Autofun Honda City has seen plenty of new features and a more affordable price, we'll have to toast the outgoing GM6 generation.

It was this generation of the City that saw Honda's B-segment sedan go from low-budget Honda status to a premium sedan. It was the most spacious of its kind, a feature that carried over to the brand new city.

So if you are looking for one in the used car market, the GM6 City might be a good option if you are still looking to get the old instead of the new.

Hyundai Tucson

Just a month after Hyundai officially launched the new 2021 Hyundai Tucson, we noticed that Hyundai-Sime Darby Motor (HSDM) had removed the outgoing Tucson from its website.

While we'd have to wait a bit longer for the all-new Tucson to arrive, the previous-generation Tucson was another left-wing option in a busy SUV market.

An update to the Tucson was made in 2018 with a revised fascia, redesigned interior, and compatibility with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The outgoing Tucson was available with a naturally aspirated 2.0-liter Nu MPi engine (155 PS / 192 Nm) or a turbocharged 1.6-liter T-GDi (177 PS / 265 Nm).

Kia Picanto

Few cars can compete with Perodua for great value, but Kia's little city car may be the only one with the potential to challenge Malaysia's most popular brand.

The Kia Picanto offered a very agile and fun city car with the incorporation of modern features such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, ESC and 6 airbags.

Sad to see this sleeper withdrawn from the Malaysian market. In fact, the same could be said for most of the Kia ranges. The brand may be in limbo in Malaysia at the moment, but the dealerships are still operational. Who knows, you can even get a brand new Kia at deep discounts.

These are some of the models that were discontinued in 2020. Would you miss any of them?