Most models are replaced regularly to sate the appetites of motorists brought up to desire the Next New Thing. But some cars dodge the bullet for years

Car firms are increasingly clinical about replacing aging models, releasing their successors every four to seven years regardless of today’s proliferation of models and niches.

But some cars manage to dodge these rigid product plans – and the guillotine. Sometimes this is because their maker doesn’t have the budget to launch new models, or because they have little else in their product range to offer, or because there’s no replacement planned but still some profit in continuing with production.

Flick through our gallery for 12 survivors worth looking at – and you might be surprised by which ones are still hanging on in there.

Our Verdict

Fiat Punto

Decently spacious for a supermini, with a good range of engines, but the Punto's driving dynamics are less-than beguiling

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22 May 2017
I believe the BMW 6 series is no longer being produced. You could ad to the list the Lotus Elise and the Lancia Ypsilon which when production will stop will mean the end of the Lancia brand.

22 May 2017
They still look and sound amazing! Fiat need to offer a new small car ASAP. Their range is heavily reliant on the 500 and the Panda has also been around for a while. Small cars is what Fiat have always done well.

22 May 2017
The corsa has changed over the years but at one point shared its underpinnings with the Grande punto, is that still the case?

22 May 2017
si73 wrote:

The corsa has changed over the years but at one point shared its underpinnings with the Grande punto, is that still the case?

Yes, the current E and D use the Grand Punto collaboration, E was heavily reworked with a new aluminium subframe at the front though not sure if extra bracing was added to the chassis? Next Corsa will be a mix of VX/Opel and PSA..

22 May 2017
So technically the corsa should be added to the list, however fiat could surely use these modifications to update both the punto and Alfa mito as the corsa isn't a bad little car even if the fiesta is reputedly better.

22 May 2017
The "modifications" GM made to the Punto platform are pretty minor - its effectively the same car its been for 10 years, but with a restyled body. I d argue that the Corsa IS a bad little car . . .

22 May 2017
Article shows the stupidity of making assumptions about what its readers realised or did not.

22 May 2017
I would say that the 2012 Merc isn't a huge surprise, only becoming 5 years old this year.

The 508 was treated to a mid life facelift that really sharpened it up. However unfortunately noone bought it, company car buyers can get premium badges for the same monthly payments, and private buyers prefer jumped up hatchback "crossover" things. We may not see the successor here, which is rumoured to be more like a VW CC.

The real surprise for me is the Punto, I'd assumed it died off years ago.

Remember the days when a long production run was the norm? The Sierra lasted 11 years, the Metro - 100 lasted from 1980 to 1998, even the mk3 Fiesta in basic form survived facelifted from 1989 to 2002.

Then you had commercial vehicle variants that often outlived the car it was based on - the Escort van was sold 2 years after the car was axed, the Citroen C15 was produced until 2005 - the Visa had been axed in 1988!

22 May 2017
As the Punto from the outside still looks OK. They could have done the same as Suzuki with their Swift in latter times. Kept the outside looks similar or nearly same - altered or replaced everything else. The chassis and engines from that enlarged 500 could have served. Given a larger overall production run for chassis and engines. Thus keeping costs manageable.

22 May 2017
Fiat's small car range is a complete mess really, that the 500 is still selling like hot cakes after TEN years is what's keeping it afloat. The 500L is 5 years old, the current Panda and Ypsilon are 6 years old, the Mito 9 and Punto 12!

Are Fiat waiting to be taken over as surely this lack of investment is unsustainable in the longer term?

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