Kia Sedona Carnival First generation
|Also called||Kia Sedona Naza Ria (Malaysia)|
|Model years||1999 – 2006 (international) 2002-2005 (US)|
|Assembly||Sohari Plant, Gwangmyeong, South Korea Yancheng Plant, Jiangsu, China Kaliningrad, Russia Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia (Naza Ria)|
|Engine||2.5 L Rover KV6 3.5 L V6 2.9 L CRDi|
|Transmission||4-speed automatic 5-speed automatic 5-speed manual|
|Wheelbase||2910 mm (114.6 in)|
|Length||1998–2001: 4890 mm (192.5 in) 2001–2005: 4930 mm (194.0 in)|
|Width||1895 mm (74.6 in)|
|Height||1998–2001: 1730 mm (68.1 in) 2001–2005: 1770 mm (69.6 in)|
|Related||Hyundai Trajet Kia Credos Kia Optima (facelift)|
The Kia Sedona first generation was marketed globally, for example as the Naza Ria in Malaysia. The first generation model is currently manufactured and marketed in specific regions, including under a joint venture in the Chinese market with Dongfeng Yueda Kia Automobile Company.
In the United States, the first generation Sedona competed with the minivan segment of Toyota Sienna, Honda Odyssey, Ford Windstar/Ford Freestar and the Chrysler minivans – and was Kia's top-selling vehicle when it launched.
With a 3.5 L V6 engine making 195 hp (145 kW) and a 4-speed automatic (later a 5-speed automatic transmission), the Sedona lacked features that other minivans had such as power sliding doors and power liftgate, a fold flat third row seat, navigation system, rear-view camera, and backup sensors. Early Sedonas were rated at 15.6 L/100 km (15.1 mpg) (city) and 10.9 L/100 km (21.6 mpg) (highway), but the numbers improved slightly to 14.8 L/100 km (15.9 mpg) (city) and 9.6 L/100 km (24.5 mpg) (highway) for 2005 models.
In Australia, the Kia Carnival went on sale in 1999, with a standard 5-speed manual and 2.5 L V6 producing 177 hp (132 kW). A 4-speed automatic was optional. In 2001, it outsold the Toyota Tarago, becoming the top-selling minivan in the country. It was sales leader again in 2004 and 2005, when sales peaked at 5,259 units, which in itself was a record for any minivan
In Europe is available only with the 2.5 Rover KV6 engine 24V petrol with 163 PS and Euro 2 standard emission level and the 2,9 litres turbodiesel engine with 126 PS. From 2001 Kia Motors introduce the 2.5 KV6 Euro 3 with 150 PS and the new 2.9 CRDI common rail diesel engine with 144 PS.