If you look at today’s trends, people seem to be leaning more towards small crossovers instead of mini MPVs, which means that automotive companies should be developing more of the former. That is what Kia has planned with the brand new Stonic that they unveiled on June 20, a week after the Hyundai Kona’s launch.
The Kia Stonic is quickly becoming popular, and is looking like the perfect car to attract new and young customers, as well as current Kia owners that are looking for an upgrade. The Korean automaker even said that almost a quarter of their buyers are upsizing from a hatchback to something with a little more height. Having said all that, it has also been confirmed by Kia’s top manager that we will no longer be seeing a successor of the Venga MPV.
As the SUV segment grows with the new Stonic, it is time to say goodbye to good old MPVs like the Kia Venga. But to make things clear, the Stonic is not a replacement for the Venga. Kia’s European Chief Operating Officer Michael Cole said to AutoExpress that the Stonic’s arrival made it “difficult to justify a next generation” for the Venga. And for the record, MPV segments have been in decline for some time now. He added that as the MPV segment shrunk, “it has created an opportunity for us and sales are going fine for us now”.
However, Cole did say that there has been no final decision made on a replacement, as it will still run for a few more years. The thing is, they might limit production as consumers are getting what they want in a CUV or an SUV, over an MPV.
If you didn’t know what the Venga was, it was launched back in 2009, and was given a facelift in 2014 for the Paris Motor Show. Based on the Rio, it is a small MPV complete with a total of six different 1.4 and 1.6-liter gasoline and diesel engines, powering the front wheels through a six-speed manual gearbox or a four-speed automatic. As for the power, it ranged from 77 horsepower (57 kilowatts) to 128 horsepower (94 kilowatts), depending on the market.
In eight years, over 210,000 examples of the Venga were delivered to customers worldwide. And based on last year’s figures, the company delivered just over 26,000 units of the said model in Europe. That makes up six percent of the brand’s total sales (430,945 units) around the continent.
The company is confident that the Kia Stonic will be one of its top-selling cars worldwide, as well as the fastest growing model in Europe. By 2020, they expect to sell two million units of the Stonic in Europe alone, with a starting price of £14,000.