After having slumped in the last two years, the national automotive is slowly moving in a better direction. Towards the end of 2021, the sales trend is seen moving up. Automotive exhibitions such as the Cash for cars have also taken place. Manufacturers have also started presenting new models.
However, not all car brands and models experienced a revival, some were forced to stop selling for various reasons.
Throughout 2021 there are several models that have to be retired in order to save other types. Some are because the sales are no longer good. There are even brands that have to be sacrificed by the presence of vehicles that are more environmentally friendly. Here’s a summary:
1. Mitsubishi Outlander Sport
PT Mitsubishi Motors Krama Yudha Sales Indonesia as the agent holding the Mitsubishi brand will no longer continue production of the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport vehicle in early 2021, to be precise in February. For six years, the Outlander Sport was only able to sell less than 1,000 units.
The Mitsubishi Outlander Sport was launched in 2012. At that time there were three types offered: PX, GLS, and GLX. Next, towards the end of 2013, Mitsubishi released a limited edition Outlander Sport, as a ceremony for the start of its domestic production. Not long ago in 2014, the manufacturer gave a light refresh to be competitive in its class. Then in 2017, the Outlander Sport PX Action variant was born, which is also the highest type. After that there is no refresher on the model.
The latest data on the official Mitsubishi Indonesia website, the car is sold at a price of Rp. 338 to Rp. 383.5 million. However, earlier this year, the official mitsubishi-motors.co.id website, no longer displayed the name Outlander Sport.
Indeed, the journey of the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport throughout 2020 yesterday seemed to live without wanting to die. Data from the Association of Indonesian Automotive Industries (Gaikindo), the wholesale sales figures (from factories to dealers) of the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport throughout 2020 were very small, only 36 units of the 4 variants offered.
2. Nissan Terra
This large vehicle from Nissan also extends the line of vehicles whose production activities were forced to stop. Nissan will stop production for this SUV in February 2021. Although the vehicle trend tends to lead to SUV vehicles, it does not mean that the pressure to stop production of these vehicles does not exist. The market is so tight that Nissan has to wave the white flag for this vehicle.
Nissan said their focus is now not on developing sales or the Terra model. Nissan is now more willing to popularize its two new cars, the Kicks and the Magnite, which are SUVs with a five-seater configuration.
Positionally he is actually quite promising. Terra is a challenger to the Mitsubishi Pajero Sport and Toyota Fortuner and was imported from Thailand. At that time, the box-looking car with a 2,488 cc 4-cylinder DOHC engine was claimed to have received a positive response from its fans. As for the price tag, Terra is valued at IDR 479 million to IDR 680 million.
Regarding sales, Terra is actually quite good and able to compete in the ladder frame SUV class or large SUV. However, its popularity is not consistent, it continues to decline every year. Based on data from the Association of Indonesian Automotive Industries (Gaikindo), wholesale Terra in 2018 or its first debut (November-December) was 772 units, then increased to 1,166 units the following year. Unfortunately after that the fans continued to decline.
Are there any plans to attend again? It is still on the official Nissan Indonesia website. Terra is priced from IDR 478.9 million. Moreover, the latest model that slid in Thailand is very slick. The changes made made the Pajero Sport and Fortuner seem ordinary.
3. Isuzu Panther
This is one of the names that is included in the list of people who don’t want to die. Many do not think that this vehicle, which is famous for its “King of Diesel” jargon, will have to end its existence in 2021. In March this year, Isuzu said goodbye to the Isuzu Panther.
In the 90s, the Isuzu Panther became one of the iconic models that Indonesian consumers were interested in. However, over time, plus the number of competitors, the car began to dim. Even the sales are the complete opposite of the past.
The cause? Especially if it’s not about emissions. Euro 4 emission standard regulations that will be implemented next year are a stumbling block. The diesel engine used by the Panther is considered unable to meet that standard. Naturally, twenty years of its existence, the mechanical heart has not undergone many significant changes.
This car since the 2000s has carried a 2.5 liter 4JA1-L diesel engine supported by a turbocharger. Unfortunately, it doesn’t have common rail technology. Even though it is an important asset, so that it can be re-configured to comply with Euro 4 emission standards. When compared to its closest competitors, the Toyota Kijang Innova is indeed much different. Innova continues to be developed with the times, and has even been paired with common rail for a long time.
It’s not just outdated technology. The settings provided are also not qualified. Lost the competition. The Panther engine is only capable of producing a peak power of 80 PS and the highest torque of 192 Nm. Meanwhile, the Kijang Innova which now carries the coded 2GD-FTV kitchen, with a cubication of 2.4 liters, has emitted a power of 149 PS and a torsional moment of 360 Nm. Now, as its successor, Isuzu is focusing on the mu-X.
4. Honda Jazz
Honda has brought in a new City Hatchback RS player. But behind his presence there is sad news. Honda decided to no longer sell the Jazz. A difficult decision, Jazz is one of the best-selling models in Indonesia, and several ASEAN regions. But Honda’s headquarters in Japan took a different direction with the new Fit.
Now, City Hatchback is considered worthy as a successor. The news is quite surprising considering that Jazz has been so attached to Indonesian consumers for almost 17 years since 2004. It’s a shame that the public here will not experience the fourth generation of Jazz or also known as Fit.
PT HPM’s Business Innovation and Sales & Marketing Director admitted that the new Fit character – which was introduced at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show – was not suitable for the Indonesian market. Jazz in the country as well as several Asean countries has been attached to its DNA and sporty character. There was even a suggestion that Indonesia should produce its own Jazz for local consumption.
Honda City Hatchback RS is plotted as a replacement. Although the two cars take different design patterns. City is a genuine hatchback, it can be seen from the sedan body line without the tail of the trunk. More specifically, the shape of the hood is long, flat, and the roof is low. The height comparison is clear. Jazz 1,524 mm, while City HB 1,488 mm. So similar to the profile of the Yaris and other conventional hatchbacks.
The Jazz is in the form of a small MPV. Since the first time he was born, he always maintained that figure. Can be characterized by the form of a short hood with a groove almost fused with the windshield. All the glass is large and forms a high roof. But therein lies the attractiveness. It is easy to dress up in any style.
Jazz gait in Indonesia must end until the third generation only. Luckily all the greatness of Jazz inherited to City HB. Think of it as changing skins and identities. After all, it still shares the platform with the newest Jazz. At least it still gives the same taste even though it looks much different. The part that could be the most appropriate consideration for old Jazz owners not to turn to the City Hatchback.
5. Honda Odyssey
The last one is the Honda Odyssey. Yep, quite surprising. The reason is, the facelifted version of the Odyssey was only released on February 18, 2021, aka less than a year. Honda said they are retiring the model that is perched in the luxury MPV segment for the Indonesian market. The last shipment was made this December. After that, APM no longer distributes and only needs to be finished at the official dealer.
The company will no longer sell the Odyssey. If traced, actually it was announced by the Japanese principal some time ago. Production was halted in the Land of the Rising Sun, due to the closure of Honda’s Sayama factory, Saitama Prefecture in fiscal March 2022. Cars brought in intact (CBU) from Japan, will have their last deliveries this month. For the number alone, as many as 35 units.
Powered by a 2.4 liter naturally aspirated petrol engine (2,356 cc combustion chamber) inline four cylinder, i-VTEC DOHC, 16 Valve + DBW. The fuel supply system always uses PGM-FI. The mechanical heart of this gasoline drinker can beat up to a maximum power of 173 PS at 6,200 rpm. While the peak torsional moment is achieved at 225 Nm at 4,000 rpm. Power distribution uses a CVT transmission which is claimed to be very smooth and can save fuel efficiency.
Odyssey cabin layout is classified as luxurious plus full of advanced features. For example, One Push Ignition System, Paddle Shift, Hands-Free Telephone Switch, Tri-Zone Auto A/C with Smart Touch. Then it is even more attractive because it has a seven-inch Interactive Thin Film Transistor (TFT) cluster meter.
The comfort of the spacious cabin space is equipped with Premium Cradle Seat + Ottoman. You can also enjoy Power Sunroof, Side Sunshade, and Rear Auto A/C with Smart Touch. While the third row can be used to increase storage space. That’s thanks to the 3-Steps Reclining Magical Storage feature. HPM priced the 2021 Odyssey at IDR 898.9 million on the road in Jakarta.