Kia has confirmed it plans to phase out the Sedona minivan in the U.K. after the 2011 model year. Kia cites its large size has contributed to slow sales. Slow sales are resulting in the minivans removal from the market.
"With the current trend being towards downsizing, there is no longer a case for cars like the Sedona in the UK," a source was quoted as saying by autocar.co.uk. "All our efforts in Europe are making powertrains smaller and more efficient so its hard to make a business case for a large MPV with lots of power and high emissions."
So with that said, the question up in the air is: What is the Sedona's future in other markets. Most likely Kia will do what GM, Ford, Mazda, and others have done and leave the large minivan market, leaving the compact Rondo. This comes as a surprise to most, as sales have been somewhat good and the minivan has become the most stylish offering in its segment.
The Sedona started off in the U.S. for the 1999 model year. However, as the years went on, the larger, long wheelbase minivans became the staple of the segment, leaving the Sedona quite small. The 2006 redesign kept the SWB model, but added a LWB model, and oh yeah, style.
It has been reported numorous times that the Sedona was to go under a redesign for the 2011 model year. Howevver, automakers have begun debuting 2011 models and Kia has not shown any signs of having a new Sedona in the pipeline. Either a redesign is in the works for the middle half of the decade, or the Sedona is done after the current model's life cycle ends in late 2011.