Formerly PSA Peugeot Citroën, the group rebranded to PSA Group earlier in 2016.
"We are just not bringing in new [Citroën] models for the next few years; it could be one year or two years or three years," he said.
Existing Citroën owners would be serviced by the same 26 Peugeot Citroën dealerships, all of which would remain open, Harnie said. "Nothing is changing [on] the service side, nobody will be lacking parts. [Citroën] owners will receive the same service they are used to."
Citroën returned to SA as an independent importer in 2001 and as a subsidiary of France’s PSA Peugeot Citroën in 2010. The group has a domestic car park of 60,000 vehicles, 45,000 of which are Peugeots. Citroën sold just 440 vehicles in 2016.
The decision to pull the plug on Citroën imports and focus only on Peugeot reflected the weak domestic trading environment, said Nico Vermeulen, director at the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of SA (Naamsa).
"The importers are exposed to the full effects of rand weakness, although the rand has strengthened some over the past few months," he said.