New laws which come into effect this month will spell the end for passenger vehicles without electronic stability control (ESC) in the Australian market.
Compulsory ESC is already a requirement on all new passenger vehicle models, but changes from November 1 state that all new passenger vehicles sold must now be fitted with ESC, regardless of where they are in their model cycles.
The Great Wall X240 SUV and Chery’s J1 light car have both been outlawed by the new legislation in their current forms. The diesel-powered Great Wall X200 SUV however, is still available as it is fitted with ESC.
The new laws also spell the end for the Suzuki Jimny small SUV in Australia; a model that has been around locally in Sierra and Jimny form since the early 1980s and also wore the Holden Drover badge later that decade.
Light commercial vehicles without ESC – such as the Foton Tunland and Tata Xenon – are exempt at present, as the law currently only applies to passenger vehicles but the Xenon is scheduled to be sold with ESC from January.
Speaking with TMR earlier this year, James Hurnall from the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) said the industry would need until at least the end of 2015 before compulsory ESC could also be mandated for light commercial vehicles.
The FCAI’s wish has been granted, with a November 1, 2015 date set for the expansion of compulsory ESC laws to cover all new light commercial vehicles sold in Australia.
November 2015 will also see laws introduced for compulsory electronic brake assist technology for new cars sold in Australia, covering both passenger and light commercial vehicles.
Remaining X240, J1 and Jimny models that were imported and complied before November 1 are understood to be available until stocks run out.