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New Kia Carnival and facelifted Sorento
At the 2006 Geneva Auto Show next month

Kia Carnival MPV - front side view.

The all-new Kia Carnival MPV in its short body version.

APN,
2nd February 2006.

Kia Motors Corporation will reveal three new vehicles at the 76th Geneva motor show (2-12 March 2006) in Switzerland.

Carnival - First, the all-new Kia Carnival MPV (short body version) will make its world premiere before going on sale this summer. The Carnival (Kia Sedona in some markets) has been redesigned from the ground up and will be available with powered twin sliding rear doors and a powered tailgate.

Kia Carnival MPV - back side view.

2006 Kia Carnival MPV on sale this summer in Europe.

Taller, wider but shorter than the previous model, the new short-wheelbase version of the all-new Carnival long-wheelbase, which was introduced in North America and the general markets last year, has been designed especially with European consumers in mind, to bring new benefits in cabin space, seating comfort, interior build quality, accommodation versatility and overall packaging, so important to MPV buyers.

Seven individual seats are mounted in a 2+3+2 layout and all five middle and back row seats can be individually moved, reclined, folded or removed.

Kia promises improved performance and enhanced fuel economy with a choice of two new 185 ps gasoline and diesel engines. To make city driving even easier, Kia’s unique new variable rack stroke (VRS) steering system further reduces the turning radius.

Facelifted Sorento - In sports utility land, Kia has given its popular 4x4 Sorento SUV a power boost for both the diesel and gasoline engines, with a refreshed look and other enhanced comfort, quality and safety features.

Kia Sorento SUV - front side view.

Sorento SUV: facelift and power boost for diesel and gasoline engines.

In Europe, the 2006 Sorento offers a choice of two engines:

- A 170 ps diesel with 21% more power and an advanced variable geometry turbocharger, or,

- A new 3.3-litre V6 gasoline unit that gets more than 235 ps (over 71 ps per 1000 cc).

Inside, the Sorento gets a revised centre stack and centre floor console, with a neater layout and higher quality materials.

At the rear, legroom is increased by reshaping the backs of the front seats, and the rear seats are now more easily adjustable.

Kia Sorento SUV - back side view.

Sorento: rear legroom increased by reshaping the the front seats backs.

The bold SUV exterior has been given a more contemporary image to reinvigorate the sales of Kia’s biggest success stories. Last year, the Sorento was one of Kia’s best sellers globally with nearly 144,000 units sold.

Concept - Last but not least, Kia will unveil at Geneva too an all-new concept car, based on a five-door C-segment (lower medium, compact category) hatchback design, will make its world premiere on press day at the show.

Kia Motors Corporation, Korea’s oldest manufacturer of motor vehicles (Founded in 1944), is one of the fastest growing automakers in the world. With over 32,500 employees and annual revenues of over $15 billion, it is part of the Hyundai-Kia Automotive Group, has 12 manufacturing and assembly operations in 7 countries, and produces more than 1.1 million vehicles a year that are sold in 160 countries.

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