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.
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.
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.