CARS.COM — Kia has announced that it will have a new subcompact SUV out later this year and that it will be called the Stonic. The automaker released some teaser renderings for the vehicle, which could get a global unveiling at the Frankfurt auto show in September.
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Hyundai and Kia have a combined goal to be the sales-leading Asian carmaker in Europe and subcompact SUVs are hot there now.
Kia says the name is a mash-up of “speedy” and “tonic” (in the musical sense, as in the first and last reference notes of a musical scale). It says that remix conjures up images of agility and freshness. It also is likely to result in multiple pronunciations as shoppers grapple with whether it’s a long “o,” autocorrect confusion and alternative conjecture about the origins (how about “stoned” and “stoic”?). Not to mention confusion with the Sonic, which is a Chevrolet.