Kia New Zealand Officially Announces Cancellation of Stinger in NZ Market

by Dec 9, 2021All News, Kia, Spy Shots3 comments

Today, Kia New Zealand announced in an official press release that “the recently arrived shipment of the flagship Stinger model will be the last.”

This communication effectively kills the Kia Stinger for the New Zealand market, and further predicts the impending cancellation of the brand’s sport-sedan-on-a-budget for other holdout markets for the Stinger.

The official cancellation of the Stinger in New Zealand comes as part of “Plan S,” a New Zealand-specific marketing campaign focused around electrifying the Kia brand in the island nation. As in other countries which have similar marketing plans, the launch of the all-electric EV6 compact crossover electric car is the first highlight of Plan S, but the press release also announced that all Sorento models sold in New Zealand in the future will be hybrid models.

Todd McDonald, Managing Director of Kia New Zealand, said “We have an eye on a fast-start to 2022, one which has the introduction of Kia’s Plan S in the local market followed shortly after by the launch of the incredible all-new EV6.”

2022 Stinger GT and GT-Line

While the Stinger will be cancelled, all hope is not lost for performance models from Kia. The EV6 GT will have Tesla-rivaling electric vehicle performance. However, for those looking for a low-slung, high-performance luxury sports sedan at an affordable price point, Kia won’t be an option for much longer.

Source: Kia New Zealand

Written by Kevin Rooney

Kevin is a massive Korean car fan who lives in Los Angeles, California. He currently drives a 2019 Kia Stinger GT2 and also owns or has owned a 2017 Kia Soul, 2012 Hyundai Veloster, 2004 Kia Sorento, and 2001 Hyundai Accent.

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