Kia Introduces 2002 Sedona; New Minivan Continues Growth of Kia Line

Apr 12, 2001, 01:00 ET from Kia Motors America

    NEW YORK, April 12 /PRNewswire/ -- The debut of the 2002 Kia Sedona at the
 2001 Greater New York Auto Show brings exclusive, class-leading features to
 Kia's first entry in the minivan segment.  Its debut marks the fourth new
 model introduced by Kia in the last two years, and is scheduled to appear in
 showrooms this summer.
     "We expect the Sedona to be a success with families because it offers the
 value of style, quality and convenience at a lower cost than consumers
 expect," said B.M. Ahn, Kia's president and chief executive officer.  "In the
 Sedona, we have brought the successful Kia formula of extra value to the
 minivan segment."
     The front-wheel-drive Sedona continues Kia's tradition of well-built,
 high-value vehicles by including many features that equal or surpass the class
 leaders.  The engine -- a high-tech 3.5-liter dual overhead cam V6 -- is the
 largest displacement engine available in an import minivan.  It produces 195
 horsepower, among the best in class.  And the engine runs on regular unleaded
 gas compared to the premium fuel required by the Honda Odyssey.  The engine is
 backed up by a sophisticated five-speed, electronically controlled automatic
 transmission.  No other minivan offers a five-speed automatic.
     The Sedona's dual sliding doors open to class-leading features on the
 inside.  The driver will be very comfortable seated in the standard eight-way
 power adjustable driver's seat with lumbar support.  Front passengers will
 benefit from dual airbags and height-adjustable seat belts with pretensioners.
 Additional passengers will enjoy the reclining second-row and third-row seats,
 which also slide forward and rearward and can be removed.  Second-row
 passengers also are protected by height-adjustable seat belts with auto-lock
 retractors, plus a latch system designed for quick installation of child
 safety seats.  Three passengers will find ample room on the split-bench
 configured third of row seats.
     Finding storage space in the Sedona will not be a problem.  Up front, the
 Sedona features an overhead console, an exclusive storage box on the
 instrument panel, two gloveboxes and a lockable storage bin under the seat.
 In the rear there are additional storage areas and seat-back map pockets.  As
 for cupholders, there's eight in the LX and 10 in the EX model.
     For entertainment the Sedona LX offers a standard AM/FM/stereo cassette
 with six speakers.  The EX will satisfy audiophiles with an upgraded
 AM/FM/stereo with logic deck cassette player, CD player and two additional
 tweeters.  Standard on both models are a class-leading four power access
 points -- two on the dash, one in the third row and one in the cargo
 compartment -- to plug in auxiliary items such as TVs, laptops and cell
 phones.
     Driving a Sedona is made more enjoyable with standard power windows, power
 mirrors, power door locks, dual air conditioning, illuminated ignition key
 slot and map lights in the overhead console.  There are also additional
 reading lights in the second and third rows of seating, courtesy lights built
 into the doors and a light in the rear cargo area with a convenient on/off
 switch.  Sunglass and garage door opener storage are also standard in the
 overhead console of the LX.
     The comfort and style of the Sedona's interior is matched by its exterior.
 The streamlined body features body-color bumpers and mirrors.  Also standard
 are dual sliding doors, rear privacy glass and multi-reflector headlights.
 The body-side moldings, outside mirrors and bumpers are body-color, not the
 typical black seen on most competitors.
     Other standard features in both the base LX and luxury EX models include:
 cruise control, full instrumentation including tachometer; electric rear
 window defroster; tilt steering column; variable intermittent front wipers;
 rear wiper/washer with intermittent feature; and battery saver.
     In addition, the EX trim offers a body-color roof rack, body-color mirrors
 with defoggers, fog lights, alloy wheels and additional chrome exterior trim.
 The interior is upgraded with captain's chairs in the second row, woodgrain
 instrument panel trim, lighted vanity mirrors, auto light control system and
 keyless entry.  The EX also offers power window switches that allow the driver
 and third row passengers to open and close the rear-quarter windows with the
 touch of a switch.  For the family on the go, the EX is equipped with a
 folding extendable table with four integrated cupholders.
     With so many standard features on the EX model, the list of options is
 short but impressive: power tilt/slide moonroof, leather seating, two-tone
 cladding and home-link programmable garage door opener.
     Like all Kia models, which include the Rio subcompact sedan, Spectra
 sports hatchback sedan, Sephia compact sedan, Sportage sport-utility vehicle,
 Sportage 2-Door Convertible and Optima midsize sedan, the Sedona will be
 covered by the new Kia Long Haul Warranty Program(TM) that offers
 unprecedented consumer protection.  Included in the package are a 10-year or
 100,000-mile limited powertrain warranty, a five-year or 60,000-mile limited
 basic warranty and a five-year or 100,0000 mile anti-perforation warranty.  A
 five-year/unlimited mileage roadside assistance plan is also part of the
 comprehensive coverage program.
     Kia Motors America is the U.S. sales, marketing and service arm of Kia
 Motors Corp. in Seoul, South Korea.
 
 

SOURCE Kia Motors America
    NEW YORK, April 12 /PRNewswire/ -- The debut of the 2002 Kia Sedona at the
 2001 Greater New York Auto Show brings exclusive, class-leading features to
 Kia's first entry in the minivan segment.  Its debut marks the fourth new
 model introduced by Kia in the last two years, and is scheduled to appear in
 showrooms this summer.
     "We expect the Sedona to be a success with families because it offers the
 value of style, quality and convenience at a lower cost than consumers
 expect," said B.M. Ahn, Kia's president and chief executive officer.  "In the
 Sedona, we have brought the successful Kia formula of extra value to the
 minivan segment."
     The front-wheel-drive Sedona continues Kia's tradition of well-built,
 high-value vehicles by including many features that equal or surpass the class
 leaders.  The engine -- a high-tech 3.5-liter dual overhead cam V6 -- is the
 largest displacement engine available in an import minivan.  It produces 195
 horsepower, among the best in class.  And the engine runs on regular unleaded
 gas compared to the premium fuel required by the Honda Odyssey.  The engine is
 backed up by a sophisticated five-speed, electronically controlled automatic
 transmission.  No other minivan offers a five-speed automatic.
     The Sedona's dual sliding doors open to class-leading features on the
 inside.  The driver will be very comfortable seated in the standard eight-way
 power adjustable driver's seat with lumbar support.  Front passengers will
 benefit from dual airbags and height-adjustable seat belts with pretensioners.
 Additional passengers will enjoy the reclining second-row and third-row seats,
 which also slide forward and rearward and can be removed.  Second-row
 passengers also are protected by height-adjustable seat belts with auto-lock
 retractors, plus a latch system designed for quick installation of child
 safety seats.  Three passengers will find ample room on the split-bench
 configured third of row seats.
     Finding storage space in the Sedona will not be a problem.  Up front, the
 Sedona features an overhead console, an exclusive storage box on the
 instrument panel, two gloveboxes and a lockable storage bin under the seat.
 In the rear there are additional storage areas and seat-back map pockets.  As
 for cupholders, there's eight in the LX and 10 in the EX model.
     For entertainment the Sedona LX offers a standard AM/FM/stereo cassette
 with six speakers.  The EX will satisfy audiophiles with an upgraded
 AM/FM/stereo with logic deck cassette player, CD player and two additional
 tweeters.  Standard on both models are a class-leading four power access
 points -- two on the dash, one in the third row and one in the cargo
 compartment -- to plug in auxiliary items such as TVs, laptops and cell
 phones.
     Driving a Sedona is made more enjoyable with standard power windows, power
 mirrors, power door locks, dual air conditioning, illuminated ignition key
 slot and map lights in the overhead console.  There are also additional
 reading lights in the second and third rows of seating, courtesy lights built
 into the doors and a light in the rear cargo area with a convenient on/off
 switch.  Sunglass and garage door opener storage are also standard in the
 overhead console of the LX.
     The comfort and style of the Sedona's interior is matched by its exterior.
 The streamlined body features body-color bumpers and mirrors.  Also standard
 are dual sliding doors, rear privacy glass and multi-reflector headlights.
 The body-side moldings, outside mirrors and bumpers are body-color, not the
 typical black seen on most competitors.
     Other standard features in both the base LX and luxury EX models include:
 cruise control, full instrumentation including tachometer; electric rear
 window defroster; tilt steering column; variable intermittent front wipers;
 rear wiper/washer with intermittent feature; and battery saver.
     In addition, the EX trim offers a body-color roof rack, body-color mirrors
 with defoggers, fog lights, alloy wheels and additional chrome exterior trim.
 The interior is upgraded with captain's chairs in the second row, woodgrain
 instrument panel trim, lighted vanity mirrors, auto light control system and
 keyless entry.  The EX also offers power window switches that allow the driver
 and third row passengers to open and close the rear-quarter windows with the
 touch of a switch.  For the family on the go, the EX is equipped with a
 folding extendable table with four integrated cupholders.
     With so many standard features on the EX model, the list of options is
 short but impressive: power tilt/slide moonroof, leather seating, two-tone
 cladding and home-link programmable garage door opener.
     Like all Kia models, which include the Rio subcompact sedan, Spectra
 sports hatchback sedan, Sephia compact sedan, Sportage sport-utility vehicle,
 Sportage 2-Door Convertible and Optima midsize sedan, the Sedona will be
 covered by the new Kia Long Haul Warranty Program(TM) that offers
 unprecedented consumer protection.  Included in the package are a 10-year or
 100,000-mile limited powertrain warranty, a five-year or 60,000-mile limited
 basic warranty and a five-year or 100,0000 mile anti-perforation warranty.  A
 five-year/unlimited mileage roadside assistance plan is also part of the
 comprehensive coverage program.
     Kia Motors America is the U.S. sales, marketing and service arm of Kia
 Motors Corp. in Seoul, South Korea.
 
 SOURCE  Kia Motors America