Suzuki Australia has stopped taking orders for the pint-sized Jimny three-door with automatic transmission until the current backlog is cleared. So who wants to learn to drive a manual?
The Suzuki Jimny 3-door automatic transmission has been indefinitely withdrawn from sale today as the company catches up on a massive backlog of existing orders as wait times now stretch into 2024.
The Suzuki Jimny joins other boxy, retro-style four-wheel drive vehicles such as the Toyota LandCruiser 70 Series and Mercedes-Benz G-Class, which have also suspended orders in Australia due to unprecedented demand.
Suzuki Australia has advised that Suzuki Jimny 3-door manual variants (pictured above, in Lite trim) are still available to order as wait times for these models are not as long.
However, orders for the automatic Suzuki Jimny 3-door hatchback will be suspended until further notice – when production finally catches up with unprecedented demand.
drive understands that orders could be closed for the remainder of this year in Australia for the Suzuki Jimny 3-door automatic.
Customers who have already ordered a Suzuki Jimny 3-door with automatic transmission – and are still awaiting delivery of their vehicle – have the choice of keeping their place on the waiting list or changing their order to a Suzuki Jimny 5-door with automatic transmission (pictured below) and in go near the head of the queue for this variant.
However, the five-door Suzuki Jimny unveiled last week won’t hit local showrooms until later this year.
Suzuki Australia also notes that single color schemes have shorter wait times than two tone Suzuki Jimny 4WDs with black headliners.
drive was told that there are more than 3,500 orders for the three-door automatic Suzuki Jimny, which could equate to a year-and-a-half wait based on current production forecasts.
Suzuki Jimny sales in Australia have more than quadrupled in the last four years.
As previously reported, more than 5,600 Suzuki Jimnys were reported sold last year, according to 2022 new car sales figures released by the Federal Chamber of the Automotive Industry.
The figure represents a 70 percent increase over the previous year – and is more than double the number reported as sold in 2020.
Indeed, little Jimny has helped lead Suzuki Australia locally to its best annual sales in nine years since 2013.
Selling Suzuki Jimny in Australia
- 2022: 5697 (70 percent)
- 2021: 3350 (up 40 percent)
- 2020: 2368 (up 70 percent)
- 2019: 1391 (new model)
- 2018: 110 (old model)
- 2017: 101
- 2016: 514
- 2015: 1098
- 2014: 568
- 2013: 947
- 2012: 958
- 2011: 594
- 2010: 759
- 2009: 820
- 2008: 978
- 2007: 738
- 2006: 559
- 2005: 493
- 2004: 450
- 2000: 921
- 1999: 1275
- 1998: 191
Source: Federal Chamber of the Automotive Industry and data center Drive.com.au.
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