We’ve read so many reports about Stinger’s death that we feel like Kier Hello Grand Toure’s life is already over. Nevertheless, sales of the model are strong in the Australian market, with local executives committed to it.
More specifically, when asked about the possible closure of Stinger, Kia Australia’s chief operating officer Damien Meredith said: “We have not heard anything official from Korea about whether we are moving to a new model for Stinger. No, that’s why we’re happy at the moment that we’re getting great supply for the car and it’s doing exceptionally well in the market. “
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Kia Stinger’s Australian sales have risen 53.3 percent this year, after an impressive 203.8 percent growth in April, as reported by CarExpert. The flagship Stinger GT accounted for more than 90 percent of sales, the only remaining rear-wheel drive sports sedan from the mainstream automaker in the local market (rival VW Artion is front-wheel-drive).
While Kia Australia will certainly prefer a new generation of Stinger, this seems unlikely due to the slow sale of nameplates in other markets. In the United States, the model sells about 13,000 units per year, in China it is already closed, while in Europe it has always been considered a special product.
The first report on the acquisition of Kia Stinger was published in 2020 and continued throughout 2021. Last year, Kear Design boss Karim Habib suggested that the EV6 could be seen as Stinger’s spiritual successor, sparking rumors. A recent report states that Stinger will end production in the second quarter of 2022, with others claiming that it will be available until 2023. The next scene looks admirable for a model that debuted in 2017 and got a facelift in 2020.