Another van bites the dust.
Renault is discontinuing the Scenic, another model in Europe’s MPV sector. The compact family van, which has been around since 1996, when the first generation Scenic debuted, is no longer available in Europe.
While the original Scenic sold over 2.8 million units over its lifetime, its modern counterpart received far less attention, with only 20,678 units sold last year. Renault sold 160,159 Scenics in the Old Continent in 2011, when the third-generation vehicle was still new.
The Scenic is no longer being ordered by the French automaker, however its seven-seat sibling, the Grand Scenic, is still available. However, according to Caradisiac, the three-row multi-purpose vehicle’s manufacture will finish in just a few months.
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The Scenic replaces the Talisman, Renault’s premier sedan, which was recently phased out. Due to the advent of SUVs and the decline in demand for classic sedans, waggons, and vans, the company is forced to discontinue some of its long-running models. The Espace’s fate appears to be similar, as it is already unavailable for orders in some European markets, despite the lack of an official notice regarding its demise.
Citroen, a long-time adversary of Renault, recently announced that manufacture of the Grand C4 SpaceTourer family van would be discontinued in July of this year. Citroen, like Renault, has been offering a multi-purpose vehicle for decades, beginning with the Evasion in 1994. It was replaced by the C8, which was larger and more comfortable but was discontinued in 2012.
In 2020, the Volkswagen Sharan, a similar-sized MPV from Wolfsburg that was also sold as the SEAT Alhambra, was discontinued. Ford appears to be one of the only automakers in Europe with a minivan, the S-Max, which received a new hybrid powertrain in February of last year.