- Completely redesigned MPV will debut at the Chicago Auto Show
(SEOUL) February 4, 2005 -- Kia Motors Corporation today released a preview sketch of the all-new Carnival MPV (known as the Sedona in some markets), which will make its world premiere at the upcoming Chicago Auto Show. Completely redesigned, the all-new Carnival will be larger than the previous generation vehicle in all major dimensions, including overall length and wheelbase, and will offer more horsepower than many of its competitors as well as a standard 60/40 split third-row seat which folds flat into the floor.
Both a short and long body version of the all-new Carnival will be produced, with the long body expecting to go on sale in late 2005 and the short body in early 2006. More details will be announced at Kia’s Chicago Auto Show press conference on February 10 at McCormick Place at 9:00am CST.
While only the short body will be available in Europe, both the long body and short body Carnival will be sold in all other markets.
“The long body version of the Carnival will be a perfect compliment to the redesigned short body version,” said Senior Executive Vice President and COO, Mr. Yong-Hwan Kim. “The all-new Carnival MPV will carry on the tradition of its predecessor as one of the safest vehicles in its class while offering customers a more modern and stylish design,” he added.
Kia Motors Corporation (www.kiamotors.com) -- the fastest growing automaker in the world -- was founded in 1944 and is Korea’s oldest manufacturer of motor vehicles. As part of the Hyundai-Kia Automotive Group, Kia aims to become one of the world’s premier automotive brands. Kia’s 16 manufacturing and assembly operations in 13 countries produce more than 1.1 million vehicles a year that are sold and serviced through a network of distributors and dealers covering 190 countries. Kia today has 30,000 employees and annual revenues of $14 billion. It is the major sponsor of the Australian Tennis Open and an official worldwide sponsor of the Davis Cup. Kia Motors Corporation’s brand slogan -- “The Power to Surprise” -- represents the company’s global commitment to surpassing customer expectations through continuous automotive innovation.