Judging by Kia’s latest production plan for its factories in South Korea, the manufacture of the Stinger sports car will cease by the beginning of the 2nd quarter of 2022.
Slow sales are the possible reason for such a decision. Indeed, only 4,054 vehicles were sold in the USA in the second quarter of this year.
For comparison: the best-selling model of the brand in the same period was the Kia Forte with 34,431 sales. Global sales of the Stinger have been underwhelming in recent years.
Korean Car Blog reports Kia will retool the Sohari Plant in Gwangmyeong, which is the site where it makes the Stinger, to handle mass production of future electrified vehicles, including the new hybrid Kia Carnival.
If the information is true, the retooling should start in early 2022, and the Kia Stinger production ends next spring.
Does it mean other Kia’s facilities worldwide will end building the model? Lower-volume production will presumably continue in other locations. Otherwise, why was it necessary to revamp the model for the 2022 model year?