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News Kia K5 and Stinger May Soon Go Extinct

Kia K5 and Stinger May Soon Go Extinct

Despite the Hyundai Group’s efforts, it appears as though their sedans will suffer the same fate as many before them

  • It was recently suggested that the Hyundai Sonata was to be killed off by mid-decade.

  • Sedans as a whole are going the way of the dodo bird.

While the phasing out of the Hyundai Group’s sedan is unconfirmed by the automaker, such a step would be little more than expected. Earlier this week, it was suggested that the Hyundai Sonata had between three and five years to live. Now, its non-identical twin, the Kia K5, and this brand’s flagship car, the Stinger, will follow suit.

2022 Stinger Scorpion Special Edition | Photo: Kia

The math is simple: Sales of sedans are steadily and consistently dropping. Ford, Chevrolet, Mazda, Volkswagen, Buick, and Lincoln are but a few car companies that have completely or nearly abandoned cars in favour of more popular and profitable SUVs.

In the US, deliveries of new midsize sedans dropped by 14% last year and so far, this year, they are down 19%. The case for their eventual demise is written on the wall.

Hyundai Sonata may not Have a Future Beyond 2025

With the Sonata’s retirement all but certain, the Kia K5 is highly unlikely to survive as they share a platform and powertrains. Like the Hyundai, it may have a few years left in it, but sales are unlikely to pick up.

As for the wonderful Stinger, its end has been predicted for a while. The flagship grand touring hatchback never lived up to its full potential and may have only a few months left to live according to Automotive News.

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Matt St-Pierre
Trained as an Automotive Technician, Matt has two decades of automotive journalism under his belt. He’s done TV, radio, print and this thing called the internet. He’s an avid collector of many 4-wheeled things, all of them under 1,500 kg, holds a recently expired racing license and is a father of two. Life is beautiful. Send Matt an emai


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