Cadenza? We Hardly Knew Ya!

2020 Kia K900. Image: Kia

Say so long to the Kia Cadenza and K900 sedans.

Cause of death: Poor sales secondary to the crossover craze and the existence of the Genesis luxury brand.

The K900 luxury flagship and Cadenza large sedan will be no more following the 2021 model year, but fret not Kia sedan fans — the K5, Forte, and Rio remain. As does the excellent Stinger hatch.

It’s hard to be shocked at the departure of two sedans that sold just 1,570 units — combined — in 2020. Not great, Bob.

Kia’s sibling brand, Genesis, is around to soak up luxo-sedan sales, and the Genesis G90 did 2,072 units in sales alone last year. I’m no mathematical genius, but that’s 502 units more.

What say Kia?

“An important part of our growth as a brand is our ability to understand market conditions and recognize our customers’ needs. 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 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.”

As some unnamed mobster said after Joe Pesci bought it in Goodfellas — “And that’s that.”

[Image: Kia]

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