Korean companies Hyundai and Kia plan to stop selling several of their sedans in the U.S.: according to Automotive News, such models as Hyundai Sonata, Kia K5, and rear-drive Kia Stinger will get under reduction. That won’t happen this year, however – the Hyundai Sonata, for example, will still survive the restyling and remain on the assembly line until 2027 or 2028. However, then it can retire.
It should be said that the traditional sedan segment isn’t having the best of times in the U.S. market. Many companies have already announced the cessation of sales of models in this type of body. Among them, Ford Fusion, Buick Regal, Volkswagen Passat, Mazda 6, and Toyota Avalon should leave the market. However, in China, for example, these models are popular, so it is still premature to talk about a complete cessation of the production of sedans.
It is assumed that Sonata and other Korean sedans will be replaced by electric cars in the U.S. market. For example, as Hyundai Ioniq 5 – this model has already managed to win the World Car of the Year (WCOTY). The Hyundai Ioniq 5 is available with two battery options of 58 and 72.6 kWh, as well as with powertrains consisting of one or two motors. The top version is equipped with a pair of electric units, which together produce 302 hp and 605 Nm of torque. This car is able to get up to a “hundred” in 5.2 seconds and its maximum range is 480 kilometers.