We’ve all read the rumors before, but typically not from as well established automotive journals as Motortrend, who recently posted; “Despite a nearly 30-year run, the Hyundai Sonata will not live past 2028, according to reports out of Korea. This news swirls in conjunction with rumors that Kia will also end production of the related K5 midsize sedan, as well as the rear-wheel-drive Stinger due to its not-so-great sales in the U.S. When asked about all three vehicles, U.S.-based spokespersons for Kia and Hyundai didn’t confirm much.”
“All of this sedan doom and gloom somewhat makes sense, as Hyundai Motor Group—parent company of Hyundai, Genesis and Kia—is pivoting towards an all electric future. In Asan, Korea, the plant that builds the Hyundai Sonata, along with the Grandeur sedan that was sold in the U.S. as the Azera, was shut down and retooled in January to build electrics like the upcoming Ioniq 6 EV. Stateside, the Sonata plant in Montgomery, Alabama will also undergo upgrades for EV production, making the story from Chosun Ilbo—a leading newspaper and media company in Korea—plausible.”
“In addition to the Sonata, it appears that Kia might also axe the Stinger and the K5.”
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