CarBuzz Discusses What’s Happening to Sedans in America

Industry: Transportation & Logistics

CarBuzz looks at the potential demise of the sedan class in the USA.

San Francisco, CA (PRUnderground) August 16th, 2021

The automotive landscape in the United States has moved from a pro-sedan and family wagon field to one that focuses on SUVs and crossovers, with some space left for performance cars and sports sedans specifically designed for the enthusiast. But with some popular variations seemingly being discontinued, what does this mean for the future of the sports sedan?

The Kia Stinger made its debut for the 2018 model year. The fastback sports sedan gave buyers a choice between a 2.0-liter turbo-four and a 3.3-liter twin-turbo V6 with outputs of 255 hp, or  365 hp and 376 lb-ft at the top-end of the range. And the car did well initially, seen by many as true competition for BMW and Audi for it’s brilliance. But sadly, slow sales barely three years later had rumors flying about its demise. 

Much like the reality many automakers had to deal with when the wave of hybrid and all-electric cars took the US market by storm, the move towards SUVs also meant the Stinger got the short end of the stick. Advancements in technology and the global drive to go green means that many manufacturers are choosing to invest in research and development focusing on hybrid and EV cars. In this case, Kia has committed to the shift to alternative power, too

So what does this mean for fans of sedans and fastbacks? Statistics show that in 2019, sport utility vehicles outsold sedans at a ratio of two to one, and there’s been no slowing down in the two years since then. Together with the shift to electric vehicles, this means that carmakers are going to have to think out of the box. The Korean manufacturer responsible for the Stinger has recently revealed the battery-electric Kia EV6 – a crossover-meets-hatchback-styled car with between 225 hp and 576 hp and a best 0-60 mph sprint time of around 3.5 seconds. With stunning good looks on top of excellent performance and up to 316 miles of range on a full charge, this is seemingly what the future holds. 

So is electric power all there is? More and more manufacturers are moving through hybrids and plug-in models to full EVs, but some are taking time to refine the products they have on offer. For example, the current range from Kia offers only a handful of alternatively powered vehicles, with the Niro being the only Kia EV currently on sale in the United States until the 2022 launch of the EV6.

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