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Kia Sedona name gets dumped in favor of the Carnival moniker for 2022

The Kia Sedona may be getting a name change the U.S. to better align with its global branding.

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The minivan known as the Kia Sedona in the U.S. has gone by the Kia Carnival name overseas for the better part of two decades. According to a filing with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), it looks like the company could be planning on bringing the Carnival name to U.S. shores, replacing the Sedona moniker, according to a post on SedonaForum.com.

The move would go toward establishing a pattern that focuses on bringing Kia branded products to the masses all under one name. Recently, the company elected to do away with the Optima badge, instead bringing the K5 midsize sedan to market in the U.S. The sedan is sold by the K5 name globally.

2021 Kia K5 The K5 name badge recently replaced the Optima as Kia welcomed a new generation of midsize sedan to the U.S. market. Photo courtesy of Kia Motors

This move is nothing new for automakers, who frequently switch up product names regionally based on how a particular word plays with local dialects. For example, the Hyundai Kona is called the Kauai in Portugal because in Portuguese, the word "cona" (pronounced the same) is slang for the female anatomy.

The 2022 model will mark the beginning of the fourth generation of the minivan in the U.S. It rides on the brand's new midsize platform, the same that underpins the new Kia Sorento. The architecture allows the Sedona/Carnival to be more spacious and capable than before thanks to a longer and wider body.

Inside the cabin, the Sedona/Carnival has much of the same design attributes as the new Sorento as well, with SUV-like dashboard and center console styling. There's also a long list of features including a 12.3-inch infotainment touch screen, recliner-style captains chairs in the second row, and Passenger View & Talk technology.

2022 Kia Sedona/Carnival Redesigned 2022 Kia Sedona delivers SUV-like looks and premium appointments. Photo courtesy of Kia Motors

The 2022 Kia Sedona/Carnival will arrive at dealerships in the U.S. later this year. Expect to see a formal announcement regarding to the name of the vehicle closer to its on-sale date, along with pricing information.

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The 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander will be unveiled in February.

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The redesigned 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander will fully break cover in a few weeks. Ahead of that, the automaker has published new video showing the SUV undergoing final tuning and testing in a variety of landscapes.

For the 2022 model year, the Outlander is getting a complete revision marking the beginning of the fourth generation of the vehicle. The third-gen Outlander debuted in 2012 and was updated in 2015 and 2018.

Expect the Outlander to be offered with available all-wheel drive when it arrives on dealer lots later this year. The final calibrations the company is testing currently were developed specifically for severe weather and road conditions.

Mitsubishi promises that the new Outlander will be bigger than its predecessor. It will also feature looks that make it bolder including high-riding daytime running lights that look like eyebrows on the front of the car, headlights that emphasize the width of the auto, and a more upright grille. These looks are similar to what Mitsubishi's Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance partner Nissan has introduced on its 2021 Rogue and 2022 Ariya.

Mitsubishi says that the SUV's all-wheel drive technology is helped along by the company's years of experience competing in the deserts of Dakar and the world's rally circuits. It builds on the heritage of the Mitsubishi Pajero/Montero. The company relays that the new Outlander will "deliver the highest level of maneuverability and superb driving performance."

"We took everything we know about on- and off-road driving from the rally experiences to apply the latest Super All-Wheel Control technology in our newly developed platform," said Kentaro Honda, segment chief vehicle engineer for the Outlander. "We also specifically developed a new drive mode selector to provide confident driving at all times and in all weather conditions. We hope that many customers will have great experiences with the enhanced driving performance of the all-new Outlander."

2022 Mitsubishi Outlander

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The Ford Motor Company will recall about 3 million vehicles as part of the Takata airbag recall.

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Following the denial of a 2017 petition to the U.S. Department of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Ford Motor Company has announced a recall of 3 million vehicles, a move that will cost the company an estimated $610 million, according to internal estimates.

The petition is part of the larger Takata airbag recall and specifically involves the defect of phase-stabilized ammonium nitrate in the driver-side air bag inflators that Takata manufactured with a calcium sulfate desiccant. Ford wasn't the only recipient of the defective inflators. Mazda also utilized the parts.

The list of impacted Ford vehicles ranges from the 2006 to 2012 model years. They include Ford Ranger (2007-2011), Fusion (2006-2012), Edge (2007-2010), Lincoln MKZ/Zephyr (2006-2012), MKX (2007-2010), and Mercury Milan (2006-2011). Approximately 2.7 million of those vehicles are in the U.S. and 300,000 are in Canada.

Mazda is also part of the recall, with 5,848 vehicles effected by the inflator issue. Those models are 2007-2009 B-Series pickup trucks, which were built on the same platform using the same air bag inflators as the 2007-2011 Ford Ranger.

Late last year, the NHTSA ordered General Motors to recall 7 million trucks and SUVs after a four-year back-and-forth battle over whether or not the Takata air bag recall was absolutely necessary for GM products. The models recalled as part of this action are "GMT900" models that contain "SPI YP" and "PSPI-L YD" inflator variants. The GMT900 is a General Motors-specific platform that underpins a number of light- and heavy-duty pickup trucks and SUVs including: Chevrolet Silverado 1500, GMC Sierra 1500, Chevrolet Silverado 2500/3500, GMC Sierra 2500/3500, Chevrolet Tahoe, Chevrolet Suburban, Chevrolet Avalanche, GMC Yukon, GMC Yukon XL, Cadillac Escalade, Cadillac Escalade ESV, and Cadillac Escalade EXT. The petition involves approximately 5.9 million model year 2007–2014 vehicles.

2014 Chevrolet Suburban The 2014 Chevrolet Suburban is one of the models NHTSA recently ruled needed to be recalled. Photo courtesy of Chevrolet

In early 2020, 10 million vehicles were recalled after having their original equipment replaced with new versions of the same thing with the same design and chemistry rather than newly designed parts.

The Takata airbag recalls are part of the largest automotive recall in U.S. history. It involves more than 67 million vehicles to date.

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