2022 Kia K8 Updates and US Release
Earlier this year, Kia announced that the new Kia K8 would be replacing the discontinued Cadenza in select global markets. Naturally, fans have been left wondering if the 2022 Kia K8 would be making an appearance in the US market this year. Our Magic 8 Ball says, “Don’t count on it.” In February, a Kia spokesperson reportedly stated that the Kia K8 wouldn’t be coming to the United States. You can get the details in this guide from the experts at Friendly Kia near Tampa Bay, FL.
Why isn’t Kia launching the 2022 Kia K8 in the US?
If you’re perplexed as to why Kia would bar the K8 from the United States, you’re probably among the waning group of American drivers who prefer large cars to crossovers. While sedan sales have remained steady in other countries, they’ve quickly lost popularity on US soil, with more buyers choosing trucks and SUVs instead. That’s actually the reason Kia decided to drop the Cadenza and larger K900 in the first place.
“An important part of our growth as a brand is our ability to understand market conditions and recognize our customers’ needs,” Kia said in a statement. “To that end, as the auto industry shifts its focus from full-size sedans to SUVs, Kia is poised to succeed with a robust range of utility offerings which includes the Telluride, Sorento, Sportage and Seltos. As we realign our model lineup to meet consumer demands, the K900 and Cadenza will be discontinued for the 2021 model year.”
Kia isn’t the only automaker to start downsizing its sedan lineup. Ford Motor Company and General Motors have also discontinued several nameplates in recent years. In fact, Ford has axed everything but the Ford Mustang from its car roster for model year 2021.
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Will Kia stop selling sedans altogether?
Is this the end of Kia sedans as we know it? We say no – or at least not for the time being. The new-for-2021 Kia K5 proves that the automaker still has an interest in nurturing its car line. On top of that, the Kia Rio, Forte, and Stinger are still in play for car buyers this year.
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You can check out the rest of our blog for other Kia model predictions and speculations. If you are looking to get behind the wheel of a new Kia, head over to our online inventory to view our lineup of available Kia models near Tampa Bay.