Ok but to be honest in that case the Golf hasn't changed much then since the MkI either. They all look similar though each generation bar the MkVI has a different chassis which imo defines a new and different model.
True enough, especially with the Mk II & III - again looked more like a facelift.
They're quite different to be fair. And the whole point of this thread is the oldest car you can buy brand new. The current Focus is only since 04, and facelifted anyway in 09.
The original Beetle or Mini are the strongest contenders, as is the Mk1 Golf, which you can buy in Mexico, although that may have ended a year or two ago.
They stopped building the Beetle in Mexico in 2003, the original Mini was last built in 2000.
The Morris Oxford from 1956 is still built as the Hindustan Ambassador in India and has a distributor in the UK . I've seen one on an Irish plate somewhere.
Cars like the Volkswagen Citigolf and Hindustan Ambassador are exceptions. Sure the Peugeot 405 and 504 are still assembled and available for sale in many third-world countries.
Regarding cars for sale in Western countries, I reckon you'd do well to find a car older than 2002/3 in the industry at present. The first one that springs to my mind is the SAAB 9-3.
The 504 is gone, the last version was a pickup in 2009. There was also the Dacia 1300 or Renault 12 and that was dropped a year or two ago. I recently spotted a 10 C Primera, a 10 C Avensis(last built in 2008) and someone is driving around in a 07 C Mercedes W-124, so that was in production for a really long time.......a recent post in Wiki states that Graham Walker Ltd is still producing Reliant Scimitars to order......and somewhere in Iran, a factory is producing Renault 5 mk1's......
G Lux don't forget the Iranian built Hillman Hunters
they arent made there anymore, not since 2005...(except the Pickup) but...they are being built in the Sudan....
Going back to the OP, the original 97 Octavia isnt listed on Skoda.ie website, so its a case of the last of them still being registered in 2010?
Heres another vehicle thats for sale and 20 years older than the Octavia.
I would have thought they'd be all gone by now. THe new one has low vrt
Saw a 10 reg old model Picasso recently
The Merc CLC Class, it's still based on the original C Class Sportcoupe which was an Audi A3 rival and launched back in 2001.
I saw a 10 reg Citroen Xsara in Lahinch in July, but thats NOS rather than still on general sale obviously