General Motors has discontinued the Orlando in Canada for the 2015 model year. The Orlando, which is also sold in select European markets, was brought to Canada in late 2011 to compete with rival MPVs such as the Mazda 5 and Kia Rondo.
In an emailed statement to Good Car Bad Car, GM Canada product communications specialist George Saratlic confirmed “2014 was the last model year for the Chevrolet Orlando in Canada. There will not be a 2015 model.” The model is no longer listed on Chevrolet Canada’s main website page and will soon become a rare sight on dealer lots.
Canadian Orlando sales were strong out of the gate, with 7,199 units sold in 2012. That was enough to edge out the competition from Mazda and Kia, but it didn’t last. In 2013, Orlando sales fell 68%, which was followed by another 48% sales drop in 2014.
The Orlando was never sold in the U.S., as American GM engineers wanted to include additional features such as knee airbags, which would have raised the cost, according to TTAC. Canadian consumers are also more open to the idea of small cars and hatchbacks, making a good case for Gamma II-based Orlando in the region. Despite this, MPV sales have been weak in recent years, with Kia and Mazda also choosing to axe the Rondo and 5.