Low sales for seven-seat and three-door models prompts removal from production

Vauxhall has ended production of its Zafira Tourer and Astra GTC models following low sales, driven by growing demand for SUV alternatives.

A brand spokesman told Autocar that the seven-seat Zafira Tourer, which has been on sale since 2011, was hit by “a significant move away from MPVs and the growing popularity of SUVs”.

The three-door, Astra-based GTC has also fallen as SUV demand rises, with Vauxhall’s spokesman telling Autocar that the seven-year-old model’s “business case is no longer viable” due to “the rise in popularity of smaller SUV models”.

The spokesman said the GTC, which departs at the end of its product lifecycle, sold in 40,000 units across Europe, “so it was highly successful when there was demand for three-door coupés”.

Although production has ended, existing stocks mean a limited supply of Zafira Tourers and GTCs are still available.

Vauxhall won’t produce another version of the GTC, with the latest five-door Astra set to remain exclusively so. The seven-seat Zafira also won’t be directly replaced, although the seven-seat MPV void will be filled later this year when a new Combo Life launches. That car will come available in five and seven-seater forms and take the form of a conventional MPV.

Consumer demand for SUVs has resulted in Vauxhall’s line-up growing to feature six jacked up models. This includes the urban crossover Viva Rocks and the Grandland X SUV, as well as a rugged estate in the form of the Insignia Country Tourer.

Vauxhall’s spokesman said this growing range of high-riding models provides “a breadth of choice for SUV buyers, many of whom will have migrated from the MPV sector [to the detriment of the Zafira Tourer]".

Vauxhall’s range changes reflect the plans of its parent company, the PSA Group, which is also adjusting the line-ups of its Citroën, DS and Peugeot brands to include more high-riding cars. The group's brands will all soon introduce new electrified cars to cater to the growing demand for low-emission vehicles. Vauxhall’s entry into this foray will be the recently confirmed eCorsa.

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15 June 2018

I always had a soft spot for the GTC. Looked good in some combinations. To be honest due to the time between the latest generation Astra and now I presumed it had already been shelved.

15 June 2018
MaseratiLover wrote:

I always had a soft spot for the GTC. Looked good in some combinations. To be honest due to the time between the latest generation Astra and now I presumed it had already been shelved.

I'm pretty sure that Vauxhall said when the current Astra came out that there would be no 3 door version they just kept the 3 door from the previous model on sale until now.

15 June 2018
MaseratiLover wrote:

I always had a soft spot for the GTC. Looked good in some combinations. To be honest due to the time between the latest generation Astra and now I presumed it had already been shelved.

 

I ve seen a few recently and I have to admit that they do look quite good. But of course its just an Astra underneath and therefore a pile of old sh*t.

XXXX just went POP.

FMS

16 June 2018
typos1 wrote:

MaseratiLover wrote:

I always had a soft spot for the GTC. Looked good in some combinations. To be honest due to the time between the latest generation Astra and now I presumed it had already been shelved.

 

I ve seen a few recently and I have to admit that they do look quite good. But of course its just an Astra underneath and therefore a pile of old sh*t.

 

And yet again, with your tired, worthless, insulting monologue. We'd like to see your sterling efforts in car design...after all, little point throwing words that aptly show off your lack of vocabulary, without coming along with a better solution yourself. TWIT!

17 June 2018

Wrong. I have an Astra as a second car. The diesel engine in that is quicker,smoother,more refind and more economical than the one in my company 2017 Audi.And not a defeat device in site.I fact,I am hopping in to it Monday morning to see if the dealer's 'experts' have fixed it for the FIFTH time............

16 June 2018

No more Zafira!!!

15 June 2018

Not surprised the GTC is gone.  Great looking car but with such small sales of 3 door cars in this segement it was never going to get replaced.

As with the Mervia before it the Zafira Tourer's demise was also expected, especially when the large SUV that will sit above the GrandlandX (please review these names PSA!) is due in 2019/20

Seems PSA are doing to Vauxhall/Opel what GM couldn't.

15 June 2018

Kill the current Viva, GCT, Zafira Tourer and Cascada

Realign the rest of the range too:

VIVA

  • New Viva (aligned to the C1/108)

ADAM

  • Adam 3dr (partner car to the DS3)
  • AdamX (CrosslandX renamed)

CORSA

  • Corsa 5dr
  • CorsaX (MokkaX renamed)
  • GT (2 door coupe as per current concept)

ASTRA

  • Astra 5dr
  • AstraX (GrandlandX renamed)

INSIGNIA

  • Insignia 5dr/ST/CT
  • InsigniaX (new large SUV)

MONZA

  • Monza 3dr coupe
  • Monza convertible

16 June 2018
opelvaux wrote:

ADAM

  • Adam 3dr (partner car to the DS3)
  • AdamX (CrosslandX renamed)

Isn't the DS3 being replaced with an SUV, the DS3 Crossback? I haven't seen any mention of a replacement DS3 3 door.

I'm pretty sure the next Corsa will be 5 door only, but I'm surprised that Vauxhall are happy to lose all those young people (particularly male) who buy the current 3 door model. The present Adam doesn't seem to appeal to them, but what will there be in the PSA stable to base a new Adam on? Still, there's always the 3 door Fiesta...

16 June 2018

And change the name to Opel...

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