Electrification – the salvation of the KIA Stinger

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Electrification – the salvation of the KIA Stinger

The chief designer of the South Korean brand told the reporters that the sports liftback KIA Stinger can be a electric vehicle.

Lately, about KIA Stinger can be heard both good and bad news. Let’s start with the good. Stylish Korean liftback with a fairly powerful hardware, you will soon get an updated version – previously stated that it was a 3.3-liter V6 twin-turbo will be upgraded to provide more power. Novniky will also receive some updates to the exterior and interior.

The bad news is that the updated version of the model, which should be submitted in the coming months may be the last for the KIA Stinger – blame the relatively low volume of sales worldwide. Data for 2018 and 2019 show that the sales of the Stinger fell by about 18 percent.

And the current pandemic coronavirus further exacerbates the situation.

Sale stylish KIA fell by 21% in the first quarter of 2020 compared with the same period last year. The March sales were the worst, with a 40 percent decrease compared to the same month in 2019.

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The pandemic also creates a financial burden on manufacturers, encouraging them to prioritize in favor of the profitable models to recover from the negative effects of the pandemic. It puts the Stinger in a dangerous position, but from an interview with KIA’s design boss Karim Habib became clear that the model of the Stinger may still “survive”.

“As soon as the automotive industry moves to the use of electric motors and interest in the vehicle population increases, the KIA Stinger to stay afloat, probably, must also become electric vehicles,” said Mr Habib.

Frankly, we’re not really surprised by that statement. The demand for electric vehicles grows globally, and it can push KIA to electrify its lineup.

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