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.
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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.
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