As many of you know, the A1 Golf remained on sale long after it was yanked from US shores for 1985, built in South Africa using the name CitiGolf and sold in some right-hand drive markets. This light blue charmer, caught by KiwiBryce, is one of the earlier CitiGolfs and looks to be used quite regularly. I can imagine its owners have a hard time finding anything nearly as satisfying to replace it; Lord knows I couldn’t substitute one with a Mk7.
The CitiGolf, which debuted in 1984, didn’t spend its twenty-five year tenure in South Africa without competition, mind you.
Toyota of South Africa built the E90 Corolla from 1996-2006 (that’s the we got from ’88-’92), and sold it under the name Tazz, using a 1.3 liter version of the twelve-valve E-block unit sold in 1.5 form in North American Tercels from 1987 until 1994.
And local manufacturer Samcor (partial remnant of Ford of South Africa, post-divestment) continued building the BF-series of the Mazda 323 (sold in the US from ’85-’89) until 1994, with an additional twin-cam two-liter engine option (from the 1987-1991 European and Japanese market 626). But these were never as popular as the pre-divestment European Fords, despite the factory-approved hot-rodding. This might have made for an intriguing US market offering, if it could’ve been made in Hermosillo, Mexico.
I’m getting off track, of course. Cars long gone from North American dealers are still sold new globally, and possibly the most famous example is that of the B13 Sentra aka Tsuru. Which of the cars listed above would keep you happiest as a modern day North American motorist? Actually, I’ll extend the question to our global readers: which discontinued car do you most want to see put back into production?
If, as a lover of domestic cruisers, you can’t easily answer that question: what older, discontinued US model would you like to see put back into production as a set cheap wheels?
And for those concerned about crash safety, which discontinued platform do you see as having the greatest potential to meet foreseeable standards with minimal changes?