Kia is pulling the plug on a pair of sedans, joining a larger trend as the market for mid-size cars continues to shrink.
The Korean carmaker has discontinued production of the K900 and Cadenza, primarily citing poor sales as the reason for the move. Kia sold just less than 1400 of the vehicles combined last year, according to Car and Driver.
The Cadenza had been pegged as Kia’s effort to compete with the Toyota Avalon, a quality sedan at the right price. The K900, on the other hand, was the company’s effort to dabble in the higher-end of the sedan playing field with a $60,000 price tag.
“The fit, finish and overall quality of the vehicle were at levels never before seen in a Kia,” Jalopnik’s Lawrence Hodge writes. “The K900's price also undercut its competitors like the Lexus LS, Mercedes S-Class, and BMW 7 Series by thousands. It came with standard features the competition charged extra for, and it had the best warranty in the business.”
That, of course, was not enough to convince potential buyers. Kia moved a paltry 305 K900s last year.
Meanwhile, Jalopnik points out that sedan sales have been plummeting across the auto industry. Demand continues to shift to sport utility vehicles.
California Vehicle Owners’ Rights Under the Law
As Kia continues to shuffle its lineup, the unfortunate reality is that the company and the world’s other largest car manufacturers continue to struggle to put vehicles on the road that are safe to use. Millions of vehicles are recalled each year because of significant defects that put people’s safety and lives at risk.
In 2019, for example, Kia recalled some 30,000 Telluride SUVs because they were equipped with the wrong seatbelts. That defect put certain passengers at risk in the event of a crash, the company said.
The good news for car owners and lessors in California is that the state’s lemon law offers some important rights and protections. The Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act requires car manufacturers to perform various repairs on vehicles while they are under warranty and to buy back or replace cars it is unwilling or unable to fix.
Speak with a California Lemon Law Lawyer
If you are a car owner or lessor who is locked in a dispute with a manufacturer over repairs, an experienced California lemon law lawyer can help. An attorney can advise you of your rights and help you weigh your options to ensure that the automaker is held fully accountable.
At Bickel Sannipoli APC, we have represented hundreds of clients in defective vehicle cases in Southern California and across the state. We have a strong track record of success in getting the people we represent the compensation they deserve.
Our offices are conveniently located in Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco. Call us at (888) 800-1983 or contact us online to speak with a California lemon law lawyer today.