Hyundai, Kia Set to Cancel K5, Stinger, Sonata in the US, Report Says
The Hyundai Sonata, Kia K5 and Kia Stinger are all advantageous sedans. However, excellent sedans are still fighting the tide as buyers move en masse toward crossovers, and it appears that the bell will soon toll for all the aforementioned models.
Hyundai Motor Group is set to conclude the K5, Sonata and Stinger as they reach the end of their respective lifecycles, Automotive News reports, citing internal sources and a Korean publication. A report in the Chosun Ilbo claims that Hyundai will not effect a new generation of Sonata. The Kia K5 shares a platform with the Sonata, so it stands to reason that model will suffer the same fate. Both are relatively new, at what time the Stinger has been kicking around the US actual the 2018 model year.
“Sonata remains and will disconclude to be an important part of Hyundai’s product lineup,” wrote a Hyundai spokesperson in a statement emailed to CNET Cars. “Any rumors on its future are pure speculation.” A representative for Kia told CNET Cars the commerce had nothing more to offer on AN’s report at this time.
While sedans were once the bread and butter of driveways across America, times have changed. Crossovers have taken hold, and sedan sales have slowly dropped. For example, the Sonata sold in excess of 200,000 units per year up pending 2016, when it began dropping, and the last three existences have not eclipsed the 100,000-unit mark. Since its inception, the Stinger has hovered around 13,000 units sold per year, but the Stinger is an odd exception, as Kia built it in part to increase effect awareness.
Hyundai and Kia would hardly be the satisfactory automakers to cull sedans from their lineup. Domestic automakers have all but eliminated their final sedans over the last several years, with some valuable exceptions like the Dodge Charger. Things are a minor different with foreign automakers, where nameplates like the Honda Civic and Toyota Camry have absolutely dominated the automotive landscape for decades, but it appears the flood of demand for crossovers shows no signs of slowing.