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Kia extends warranties through June 30, 2020

Kia is allowing customers to have repairs under warranty by extending the coverage through the end of June.

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The Accelerate the Good program, launched by Kia last year, has a new component - Kia Promise. The iniatiive is designed to ease concerns of owners as their scheduled warranties come to an end during the COVID-19 pandemic.

"These are uncertain times and the Kia Promise warranty extension program will help bring peace of mind to customers affected by this pandemic by giving them one less thing to worry about," said Michael Cole, president, KMA. "The health and safety of our customers and employees are our top priority and this warranty extension program is yet another way Kia and local Kia dealerships are working to support our customers' individual needs."

The Kia Promise program allows customers who experienced potentially warrantable concerns with their vehicle during the period of March 2020 through May 2020, and were not able to obtain service from a Kia dealer due to circumstances related to coronavirus, to receive repairs through June 30, 2020 at no additional charge.

Kia advises that, "customers should check with their local dealership regarding their current hours and available special programs, such as vehicle pickup and delivery service, loaner vehicles, and electronic or digital repair authorizations, as well as sanitizing efforts taken to protect the safety of employees and customers.:

Customers should contact Kia Consumer Assistance at 800-33-4KIA(4542) or online at www.kia.com for assistance with any COVID-19 related vehilce issues.

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The teaser image of the 2027 Kia lineup includes numerous cars and SUVs.

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Kia has revealed plans to launch seven new battery electric vehicles (BEVs) by 2027 in numerous segments. The first, code named CV, will launch in 2021 and serve as the kickoff to a new Kia design direction. The move is known internally as the “Plan S" strategy. Under Plan S, Kia's BEV line will include 11 models by 2025.

The announcement coincides with the company's stated goal of having 25 percent of Kia's global sales come from BEVs by 2029. To do that, the company plans to work to expand the world's electric vehicle (EV) charging network. Kia has sold over 100,000 BEVs worldwide since the company introduced its first model in 2011, the Kia Ray.

Kia Ray EV 2011 The Kia Ray was the company's first production EV.Photo courtesy of Kia Motors

Plan S includes a company-wide business transformation that will include production, sales, and services. Dealerships will likely be required too invest in equipment to handle the influx of EVs. In the U.S, Kia will increase the number of EV work bays at dealerships to 600 by the end of 2020 and increase the number to more than 2,000 by 2023..

The product plan includes a diverse number of models. The vehicles will include BEVs that are “suitable for urban centers, long-range journeys, and performance driving". They will be based on the company's new adaptable Electric-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP). The platform will allow for best-in-class interior spaciousness, according to Kia.

Though subscription services have not gained widespread popularity in the U.S., the company is exploring the creation of subscription services, as well as EV battery leasing and rental programs. Other “second life" battery-related businesses may be part of the plan as well.

Kia also plans to add around 500 charging stations in North America, partnering with its dealer networks. Further, the company is seeking a partner in North America to support a larger infrastructure buildout.

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Kia has combined the convenience of a minivan with the design of an SUV.

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The fourth-generation Kia Carnival has debuted showcasing design inspiration from Kia's SUV. lineup. The Carnival name doesn't sound familiar? You probably know the Carnival by its other name - the Sedona.

The 2021 Kia Sedona is based on the company's new midsize platform. The same platform underpins the redesigned Kia Sorento. The architecture allows the Sedona to be more spacious and capable than before thanks to a longer and wider body.

"The Carnival has been well-regarded by buyers for a long time and has become Kia's flagship family-friendly vehicle. The fourth-generation Carnival is a significant new vehicle for us, as it demonstrates every strength that makes Kia so popular around the world," said Thomas Schemera, Head of Product Division at Hyundai Motor Group.

2021 Kia Sedona The 2021 Kia Sedona has been completely redesigned. Photo courtesy of Kia Motors

Kia's minivan has a shorter front overhang compared the outgoing model and the A-pillar has been moved backwards providing better forward visibility for the driver. Designers created an "island roof" design with blacked-out A- and B-pillars beneath a body-colored roof. The van features Kia's new signature C-pillar signature design.

At the front is the company's new tiger nose grille with integrated LED daytime running lights and headlights. Below the sculpted bumper and lower air intake are metallic trim and a black lower bumper.

The rear of the model has a full-width light bar and metallic lower skid plate.

Kia will offer the model in eight paint colors and a range of 17-, 18-, or 19-inch wheel designs.

2021 Kia Sedona For a minivan, it sure has SUV-like looks.Photo courtesy of Kia Motors

The Sedona will be sold with a variety of engines options. The most powerful engine in the line-up is a 3.5-liter V6, producing up to 289 horsepower and and 261 pound-feet of torque. Another 3.5-liter V6 is tuned to deliver 268 horsepower and 244 pound-feet of torque. A diesel engine is available in some markets. All engines are paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Inside the Sedona, a panoramic design linen flows from one side to the other across the dashboard enhancing the spacious properties of the van's design. The 12.3-inch driver's information screen and 12.3-inch infotainment screen are found under one housing, as it is in the 2021 Sorento. A rotary shifter sits on one side of the center console.

Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and voice recognition technology are all available. Two smartphone can be connected to the infotainment system at one time via Bluetooth.

2021 Kia Sedona The spacious proportions of the minivan are emphasized by the horizontal line across the dashboard.Photo courtesy of Kia Motors

Depending on local market conditions, Kia Live services provides live traffic information, weather forecasts, points of interest, and details of potential on- and off-street parking (including price, location and parking availability). It also enables drivers to send route directions to their car before a journey, and check the location of their vehicle at any time.

The Sedona will continue to come with three rows of seating - four rows in some global markets. In its seven-seat configuration the second-row sests boast a reclining "Premium Relaxation Seat". This seat offers a one-touch "relaxation mode", which automatically relines and adjusts the seat for maximum comfort.

Like Honda and Toyota minivans, Kia will offer Rear Passenger View & Talk technology. This allows front seat occupants to use the camera linked to the infotainment screen to view rear seat passengers instead of turning around. Also, front seat passengers can use the car's speaker system to talk to rear seat occupants instead of having to raise their voice.

2021 Kia Sedona The Sedona will have three or four rows of seating depending on market.Photo courtesy of Kia Motors

The power tailgate lifts higher than before. One-button power-sliding rear doors are available. All three doors can open and close via buttons on the key fob.

A wide variety of Kia's newest safety features are available on the Sedona. Available technologies include Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) with car, pedestrian and cyclist detection; Lane Keeping Assist; Blind-Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist; Intelligent Speed Limit Assist; Driver Attention Warning; Blind-Spot View Monitor; High Beam Assist; Smart Cruise Control (SCC) or Navigation-based SCC; Lane Following Assist; Highway Driving Assist; and Surround View Monitor. In addition, it features a Rear View Monitor, Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist, and forward and reverse Parking Distance Warning.

2021 Kia Sedona The Kia Sedona has unique seats that offer business class-like refinement.Photo courtesy of Kia Motors

Kia's Highway Driving Assist technology controls acceleration, braking and steering depending on the vehicles in front and street style.

The 2021 Kia Sedona will go on sale in the U.S. later this year, following its sales debut in Korea this week. All features and technology is market-dependent.

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