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Australia out of love with big Rwd cars?

Discussion in 'Kia Stinger in the News' started by Ozstung, Mar 7, 2019.

  1. Ozstung

    Ozstung Australia 2500 Posts Club! Sustaining Member

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  2. DCBStingerGT

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    Ok...Yes , I am sure we all fell in love with the look and design of the Stinger , but personally that wasn't enough for me to go ahead and purchase , RWD was a major factor, the V6TT engine was another , the hatchback rear end design was another, I told myself , the next car I buy has to be similar to a Midnight Blue, Deep Chroma Blue sold it to me, if it wasn't available, I may not have bought it at all. I am guessing, but i am sure every Stinger owner in Australia, only wanted RWD, and not worried AWD was not offered here, if Stinger was front wheel drive, I doubt it would sell much at all, I believe Australians have not fallen out of love with big RWD cars, it's just the reality we live in nowadays, the Ford Falcon and Holden Commodore RWDs are gone , and people have too settle for foreign offerings which seem to be more front wheel drive biased.
    Just a thought.
     
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  3. GenesisG70

    GenesisG70 United States Stinger Enthusiast

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    Plus millions of moms are buying freacking SUVs as well.
     
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  4. LaserJet

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    “Earlier this week, he admitted that Kia Australia’s large sedan focus would also shift solely to the Stinger because the mid-size Optima will be axed by the end of this year.”
     
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  5. Ozstung

    Ozstung Australia 2500 Posts Club! Sustaining Member

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    I wanted the Stinger sitings to be scare. Western Sydney appears to be the home of the Stinger, im seeing them way more frequently.
     
  6. DCBStingerGT

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    To be honest , I see a Stinger everyday, in my garage that is....:):laugh::laugh::rofl::rofl:
     
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  7. Joeygt

    Joeygt Australia Member

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    I bought the stinger based purely on merit. The styling, the features, the brembos, RWD and the performance sold it for me.
    Not to mention the 7 year warranty.
     
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  8. Coast GT

    Coast GT Australia Stinger Enthusiast

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    People might be interested in the Stinger on how it looks rather than how it goes but that all changes once you test drive it, particularly the V6TT, then it’s all about how it goes and the looks are just an added bonus :D
     
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  9. mldavis2

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    Well, not ALL Comodores are gone -- I still have my '05 Pontiac GTO in showroom condition. It still draws head-turns almost as much as my GT2. I don't know much about you guys down under, but judging from my G8 GT and GTO's you build some great cars. 200,000 on the G8 GT when I traded it and only repair was a trunk release solenoid -- still had factory brakes! GTO is now 14 years old (bought new) and had a clutch release cylinder replaced at 96,000 miles last year -- nothing else, also factory brakes.

    Yes, the uncivilized world is moving to UV's. I refuse to call them SUVs because there is nothing even remotely "sporty" about them and because they are really just station wagons with a high center of gravity. But drive what you like and like what you drive. The main problem with the reduction in the number of true sedans and coupes is that as their numbers fall, their prices increase.
     
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  10. DCBStingerGT

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    Hi there @mldavis2 , yesterday I created a thread named " Holden cars in America ", I included a couple of videos from a Youtuber Red SS, that I enjoy to watch his videos , who owns a Chevy SS , and the passion he has for that car, and the fact it was made in Australia, he is always doing something to it, and attending Chevy SS Car and Coffee meets, search for that thread if your interested to watch the video.
     
  11. mldavis2

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    Thanks, @DCBStingerGT, I'll check that out. Loved my G8 and it was in mint condition when I traded it. Bought from the dealer by a GM mechanic who knew what and how good it was. I hope it has a good life because it sure took care of me. Just couldn't resist the GT2 and the wife was getting a bit worried about reliability -- although it had never failed me.

    However I searched for your thread and couldn't find it. Can you link it for me? Thanks.
     
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  12. DCBStingerGT

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    Hi @mldavis2 , wasn't sure how to do the link, so I Bumped It up for you..lol
     
  13. Stingrrr

    Stingrrr Australia Newish Member

    If looks were the primary motivation they would be selling more 4 cylinder models. It's a balance.

    Having stinger patrol cars will go a long way to convince some of the hHolde/Ford tragics to get on board.

    Coming from a Euro car I can't believe the stinger hasn't been more popular, cross shopping at the price is embarrassing for most the competition.
     
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  14. Joeygt

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    I heard a rumour that KIA are interested in entering the Supercars series. Apparently they are in talks with Kelly racing If it’s true, that will certainly generate some interest among the Holden/ford faithful.
     
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    I was thinking GRM but now Nissan has jumped out Kelly Racing also makes sense
     
  16. Driver

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    Price tag is what has been putting me off. Previous new RWD Falcon XR6 / Commodore SV6 were always high 30's, low 40's.

    Now you're looking at high 50's which was pricing more like what the XR6T / SS-V was.... sure there's the performance/gadgets to match but it's still a much more expensive car if you're coming from the normal 6 cylinder market.

    Having said that; i'm getting over the price & back to seriously looking for a new GT :p
     
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  17. Ozstung

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    Mate they're a lot more affordable now then they where 15 months ago.

    What have you got in mind top spec Gt?
    Colour?
     
  18. Coast GT

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    You could always look at the 330S or 330Si if the GT is too pricey, or even look at the 2.0L Turbo 4cyl models which are cheaper again and still RWD
     
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  19. Driver

    Driver Australia Member

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    That's the thing; if I'm gonna spend >$50k I may as well spend the extra then for the GT... which is then much better value for money. :D

    In Brisbane from my research; there's only about 2 x 4 cylinders & 2 S/SI's, VS a good 45+ GT's to pick from too.

    If the 4 cylinder was around the 40 mark new it'd be a totally different story. I feel for anyone on a company's car budget to replace their existing XR6/SV6 would now be stuck in the FWD price range now.
     
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    Silver I think; maybe red or white; probably not purple or black. but definitely not ceramic gray
     
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