According to the British edition of Autocar with reference to information from a representative of the Spanish brand, the release of this modification will be terminated due to extremely low demand.
Three-door hatchbacks were very popular in the mid-90s and 2000s, but now the leading automakers are forced to abandon their production. Concern Volskwagen previously said that he said goodbye to the three-door models Polo, Scirocco, Up, and the three-door Audi A3 will turn from the next generation to the elevator. As for the legendary Beetle, the sad fate awaits her – the model will be abolished.
The three-door Audi A1 with Volkswagen Golf will be abolished, and Skoda Citigo awaits the fate of Volkswagen New Beetle – the hatchback will be replaced by another model, as the brand is now actively developing a line of crosses with compact models. Thus, we can say that the concern decided to put a fat cross on three-door hatchbacks in general.
As for the main competitors of the Volkswagen Group, they have a similar situation: Opel abandoned the three-door Astra GTC, Peugeot said goodbye to the three-door 208, a similar fate has developed with the Mini Paceman and Ford Focus.
By the way, just a week ago we reported that Seat withdrew from the production of a three-door modification of the Mii sytikar. With its sales, everything is sad: last year in Europe, only 15,412 copies were sold, which is 23% less than in 2016, and 37% less than in 2015.
If you look at Leon’s sales statistics, it becomes clear that the problems with demand have touched only the three-door modification, since in general the hatchback enjoys a stable demand. Last year, the Spanish brand sold in Europe 144 951 copies of this model (including the “three-door” Leon SC), which is slightly more than 1,000 copies more than in 2016.