Who said big sedans are dead? The Kia Stinger is going strong in 2022, up by 203.8 per cent in April and by 53.3 per cent so far this year.
There were 316 units registered throughout April, accounting for 80.0 per cent of mainstream ‘Large Passenger’ sales, as defined by industry database VFACTS.
While the Stinger’s only segment rival is the Skoda Superb (79 units, -1.3 per cent), if you combined both Medium and Large Passenger segments the Stinger was second only to the top-selling Toyota Camry (519 units, -56.6 per cent) in the mainstream classes, and third overall behind the Mercedes-Benz C-Class (477 units, +65.1 per cent).
Speaking with CarExpert, Kia Australia’s product planning boss, Roland Rivero, said the company continues to work through heaps of Stinger backorders, with “still a couple of months worth banked up”.
Year to date (YTD), the Stinger has returned 943 registrations to April 30 which marks a 53.3 per cent improvement compared to the same period in 2021.
It’s far and away the country’s most popular large car across both mainstream and premium classes, with the Superb (258 units, +4.0 per cent) and the Porsche Taycan (218 units, -20.1 per cent) distant second and third.
Pricing for the large rear-drive liftback starts at $51,250 plus on-road costs ($55,490 D/A at the time of writing) for the entry-level Stinger 200S, though the overwhelming majority of customers opt for the flagship GT with its twin-turbo V6, currently listed for $64,960 before on-roads or $69,890 drive-away.
According to Rivero, the Stinger GT is “by far” the best seller, still accounting for “over 90 per cent of the mix”.
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