Cars You May Not Realise Are STILL On Sale
Some cars are limited edition and only around for a short time, others are around for what feels like a lifetime. This is a collection of the latter!
Car manufacturers are always looking for the latest trend and the newest technologies, so it's a surprise sometimes to be looking through lists of new cars and find certain models that are just really not 'new' - take the following list as an example of cars that you may have forgotten are STILL on sale right now!
(Quick note before you get going...this list is as of September 2018 in the UK...and we'd have liked to include the ageing Fiat Punto but darn it they took it off sale recently!)
Fiat Fiorino / Qubo (2007-)
The Fiat Fiorino, and it's MPV version the Qubo, are both close relatives of the Citroen Nemo and Peugeot Bipper - but whilst the French versions have been retired or replaced, the Fiat models are still on sale right now! Given that production started in 2007, if you're buying a 'new' Fiorino or Qubo now, it's really not new at all! Like all the cars on this list, it'll have been given various facelifts over the years and perhaps some new tech in the dash, but the overall car is now over a decade old!
Mitsubishi Shogun (2006-)
If it ain't broke, don't fix it - that must be the Shogun's motto as it's now been with us for 12 long years! In that time many of it's rivals have been refreshed a couple of times but the Shogun (or Pajero to the rest of the world) is still going strong...albeit with a new face these days. What really gives the Shogun's age away is the interior though, as it's now looking very far out of date. Still, it must be selling a few units here and there as Mitsubishi have it on sale now, with prices starting at an eyewatering £33,000!
Hyundai ix20 (2010-)
Hyundai have been going from strength to strength, especially here in the UK where their vehicles seem to be absolutely everywhere. The Tucson is a hugely popular SUV and the new i30 is a car that we at DriveDen have a lot of time for. So it's a bit of a surprise when you look through the 'new car range' on the Hyundai website and find the ix20, a car that was first introduced back in 2010. It's not a terrible car, just a bit anonymous, and one that we think is well overdue a replacement.
Alfa Romeo Mito (2008-2018)
We'll start this one with an admission - the Mito has officially been axed. So maybe it shouldn't be included here...but as of writing this article, it's still on sale in the UK. So here it stays. The Mito is a dying breed as a 2-door hatchback, as most of it's rivals have now decided to go for 5-door models only and that probably explains why Alfa Romeo have finally wielded the axe. Aside from looking a bit cross-eyed, the Mito doesn't make too much sense in a world where the crossovers reign, and it's 10-year ride will come to end once the final few models sell out.
Mitsubishi ASX (2010-)
Back to Mitsubishi and it's another of their cars that's been around for a long time and is still on sale today - the ASX. As recently Mitsubishi have decided to stop selling small cars and focus instead on crossovers and SUVs, it makes sense that the ASX is still available, but we'd imagine it won't be long before it's replaced with an entirely new model. It's already gone through 3 or 4 facelifts in it's time, but as with all cars that stick around for too long it's starting to look it's age, especially inside the cabin.
Vauxhall GTC (2011-)
It says a lot when a car that's being sold now is based on an old model that went off sale over 3 years ago! The GTC has been around for a long time now and although it's always looked quite different to the previous Astra on the outside, the interior is once again where it's age is showing. There are what feels like hundreds of buttons over the dash, and we're now in an age where almost everything in modern cars is being controlled from a single touchscreen. Vauxhall, it's time for a replacement and to be fair we've already come up with an idea in our recent article, and it involves the return of the Calibra name we miss so much (see it here!).
Hyundai i800 (2007-)
It feels like we're picking on Mitsubishi and Hyundai a bit, but it just happens both have a couple of vehicles on sale that have been around for too long! This one, the Hyundai i800, is one that you may have forgotten about was on sale...but more likely you may not have known it even existed in the first place. The i800 is an 8-seater MPV - yep, 8 seats! - and it's been around since 2007. To put that in perspective, 2007 was the year the iPhone was first announced, and that has had something close to 20 new versions released since...all the while Hyundai has been selling the same i800 to customers who didn't listen all too well in family planning classes!
Kia Venga (2009-)
For a little over £10,000 you can purchase a brand new Kia Venga, and with loads of space for a small car it sounds like a great deal, especially with Kia's huge 7-year warranty. However, what you're actually buying is a car that started life in 2009 - so you're buying a car that strictly speaking should already be 2 years outside it's warranty. We know that's not really how it works...but the Venga has been around forever and we're pretty sure you'd forgotten it existed by now!
Renault Twizy (2012-)
This entry is a little bit different to the rest - if you're in London, there's next to no chance you've forgotten about the Renault Twizy as they zoom around everywhere. For the rest of the country, it's almost non-existant. However, the reason it's on this list is really because, you've probably forgotten just how long the Twizy has been around now - 6 years. Back in 2012 when it was launched, the idea of owning an electric car was still quite unfathomable to most - but since then EV models are popping up everywhere. The Twizy may not be everyone's cup of tea...but it's still around and you can buy a new one right now! (You may not want to...but you can!)
There we have it, our list of cars that you've probably forgotten are still on sale right now in the UK. Did we miss any others? Or have we been a bit unfair to some of those listed above? Let us know in the comments below...or why not let us know what model you wish was still on sale but isn't!
Written by Rob W - please check out DriveDen's Den and also our main website www.driveden.com for a huge range of car parts and accessories!