Monday, 26 June 2017 00:25

Analysis: Here comes the Kia Stinger

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The changes to the Holden Commodore and end of production for the Ford Falcon are paving the way for other car manufacturers to target the four-door sedan market in Australia once dominated by General Motors and the Blue Oval. And South Korean brand Kia is leading the way with its Stinger, as we analyse in V8X Supercar Magazine issue #99.

Issue #99 is on sale now in stores with the digital edition available in the official V8X app (in the App Store and Google Play), online at DigitalEdition.V8XMagazine.com.au and in the Magzter app store.

CLICK HERE for more information on issue #99.

The Stinger is due to arrive in Australian showrooms in September 2017, at a time when local production of the V8-powered Commodore ends when Holden closes its local production plant.

The Stinger will join Hyundai's Genesis as recent arrivals in the large rear-wheel drive sedan market, with dimensions comparable to the Commodores and Falcons, at a time when Holden turns its intentions to the European-built Insignia-based imported Commodore and Ford's Mustang takes over as the brand's performance model.

The Stinger GT features a twin-turbo V6. And while the American-based Genesis' is on the market with a five-litre V8 option, the Australian edition runs a 3.8-litre V6.

The Genesis and Stinger's arrival suggests there may be life in the large rear-wheel drive sedan market as yet, at a time when Supercars' Gen2 rules opens the category up to two-door coupes and non-V8 engines.

While Holden has committed to Gen2 with a twin-turbo V6 engine in the new-look Commodore, Supercars continues to try and attract new manufacturers hoping the non-V8 and body shape options help the cause. Kia and Hyundai have been key targets, given their new additions to the sedan market.

CLICK HERE to purchase issue #99 to read the full article.

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 Driver

 Points

 1

 Jamie Whincup

2850

 2

 Scott McLaughlin

2820

 3

 Fabian Coulthard

2674

 4

 Chaz Mostert

2586

 5

 Shane van Gisbergen

2574

 6

 Craig Lowndes

2160

 7

 Cameron Waters

2071

 8

 Mark Winterbottom

2058

 9

 Garth Tander

2028

 10

David Reynolds 

1956

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