We can’t believe that with the refresh of the Kia Stinger for 2022 that 2022 will be the end of the line for the model. We get it, but we don’t like it. Unfortunately, sales have not been great in a while, despite it being one of the best-looking sedans out there. Spring next year is when Stinger production will stop.
Kia has other plans for the Stinger plant
The Stinger is built at Kia’s Sohari Plant in Gwangmyeong South Korea. According to a production plan for 2022 reported on by Korean Car Blog, Kia has other plans for the plant. It is listed as being retooled for upcoming electric Kia vehicles.
Because of the dates listed in the plan, Stinger production will have to end in the second quarter of 2022. While some question the reports, it makes sense to MotorBiscuit. There is almost a frenzy around the world for automakers to hop onto the electrification train. If a model is a slow seller, with an eye on electrification it’s in the crosshairs.
The Stinger sold under 14,000 cars in 2019. That number dropped to only 12,500 in 2020, although the pandemic was raging. Of all of the vehicles Kia sells in the US, the Stinger, unfortunately, is its lowest volume model.
European Stinger sales were even worse than in the US
Kia has bigger plans, and that takes better sales. And if you think Europe holds better hope for the Stinger, sals there are worse. Much worse. So, have you been Jonesing for a Kia Stinger? You better make up your mind, because the outlook for its future looks bleak.
It’s a shame because the refresh is upon us and it is one of the best-looking sedans currently available. Especially for the price, which starts at $33,000. With the way they are selling that price might be even less-who knows? Load one up and it still comes in around $50,000.
Is there a better sedan for the price than a Stinger?
Though a bit of a stretch to compare, a Dodge Charger SRT starts at over $70,000. And the last time it was refreshed Nixon was still president. So, while the Stinger doesn’t have the power, it has only been around since 2017.
Other comparisons could be made, but you get the point. Now is the time to start looking before Kia pulls the plug on the Stinger sedan.