Kia’s Stinger burst onto the automotive panorama in what looks like the rear-drive sedan’s twilight years, enlivening the decrease finish of the market with its pleasing profile, obtainable twin-turbo V6, and palate of eye-catching colours. It’s a type of colours — Sundown Yellow — that’s inflicting complications for the automaker.
Apparently, the Stinger may determine to shed that paint someday.
As reported by Australia’s Automotive Recommendation, the colourful shade is offering Kia with something however sunny days. There’s now a international cease-sale order on Stingers dressed up in Big Chook’s most popular ensemble, as an oil residue combined in with the paint isn’t lending itself to correct adhesion.
In different phrases, chips, cracking, and flaking are all issues to look ahead to for those who’re the proprietor of a yellow Stinger. The automaker has provided to respray all affected automobiles beneath warranty. Fortunately for Kia, Sundown Yellow solely appeared on a restricted version GT variant, so the price tag for Operation Topcoat gained’t be as consequential as if it have been a extra fashionable shade. Simply four hundred of those Stingers have been allotted to the U.S. market.
We should always in all probability use this chance to take the Stinger’s gross sales temperature. The primary Stingers trickled onto (and off) U.S. supplier tons final November and reached a month-to-month excessive in Might, when 1,761 of the rear- or all-wheel-drive Koreans discovered American suitors. June noticed 1,579 gross sales, bringing the yr-to-date complete to eight,638 automobiles.
On a YTD foundation, these figures make the Stinger — one thing of a area of interest vehicle in right now’s market, however one with 5-passenger, liftback utility — the third worst-promoting vehicle in Kia’s secure, although its gross sales are greater than double that of the entrance-drive Cadenza, which pulled in three,301 consumers in 2018. Don’t get us began concerning the K900.
Put one other approach, the Stinger’s TYD gross sales are a tad greater than that of the Lexus LS and GS, mixed.
In Canada, a nation with a inhabitants one-tenth that of the U.S., gross sales are virtually precisely one-tenth of America’s tally. Over the primary six months of 2018, some 876 Stingers invaded driveways within the Nice White North.
[Image: Miami Lakes Kia/YouTube, Kia Motors]
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