Kia Motors offers a minivan called the Kia Carnival. This minivan was first introduced in the year 1998 and has been marketed under several different names. The most popular name for this make of vehicle is the Kia Sedona. The minivan is currently in its second generation of manufacturing.
The first generation models of the vehicle are still produced in China. The second generation has been marketed since the model year 2006. Starting in the year 2010, there were certain global markets, such as the United Kingdom that started to receive upgrades to the equipment including different engine choices. The corporate grille from Kia, which is referred to as the Tiger Nose was designed by Peter Schreyer, who is the design chief for the company.
The first generation of the Kia Sedona was marketed throughout the world. In Malaysia it was marketed as the Naza Ria. This generation of the Kia Carnival is still marketed and manufactured in several specific regions including through a joint venture with the Dongfeng Yueda Automobile Company in China.
In the U.S. the first generation of the Carnival, which was called the Sedona was in competition with the Windstar from Ford, the Odyssey by Honda, the Sienna by Toyota, and the line of minivans from Chrysler. When it was launched the Sedona was the number one selling minivan for Kia.
The second generation of the Carnival/Sedona was introduced worldwide in the model year 2006. There were both long wheel base and short wheel base models available. The front track was two inches wider and the rear track was 3 inches wider than the first generation model.
The second generation came with an engine that was lighter, a transmission that was lighter, and a rear suspension. It weighed about 400 pounds less than what the first generation model weighed.
In the spring of 2012, Kia informed Car Connection that they would be discontinuing the Sedona in the United States market, but a spokesperson for the company stated that the company is not planning on permanently exiting the minivan market.
Kia has recently released plans for a newer model of minivan. In the United States market the vehicle will be powered using the Lambda Gasoline direct injection 3.3 liter V6 engine. This will replace the 3.5 liter V6 that was found in previous models.
The Sedona was available in the EX or LX models in the United States in the past. For the year 2015, Kia has now expanded the models available, which are the L, the LX, the EX, the SX, and the Platinum. Each of the models, including the base model L will come with standard equipment just like the other offerings from Kia. Some of the options include an AM/FM stereo, CD player, USB and iPod input jacks, Bluetooth, auxiliary audio input jack, stereo streaming capabilities, satellite radio, alloy wheels, keyless entry, and much more.
In the United States the basic model L 2015 will have a starting price of around $25,900 MSRP. When fully equipped, the Platinum model of the vehicle will reach into the mid $40,000 range.
MPV stands for Multi-Purpose Vehicle. This is a new name of vehicle that is being introduced by Kia. Essentially, the company has employed a marketing technique by changing the name of their minivan to a multi-purpose vehicle. This is simply to attract more customers to their brand and to this vehicle in particular. The idea is to rid the vehicle of the stigma that is often attached to the term minivan.