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History of Kia

It is the car manufacturer more ancient of Korea, the first producer in this country automotive market and fifth in the world. Founded in 1944, its name is a combination of "ki" meaning "the towers" and the letter "a" which comes from "Asia". KIA thus means "which stems from Asia". The company, whose headquarters is in Yangjae-dong, Seocho-gu, Seoul, Korea South, belongs to the Hyundaigroup. Its slogan is "The power of surprise".

Beginning of Kia

The company was founded in 1944, began manufacturing bicycles and steel tubes. Also around this time they produced engines and commercial vehicles under the name of "Asia". It changed its brand in 1952 to Kyungsung (Precision) Industry, which dabbled in motorcycles, trucks and cars. Initially he worked under license from other brands, as it is the case of Fiat in 1970 with the manufacture of the Fiat 124. He also did with the French brand Peugeot in the production of the Peugeot 604 and the manufacturer Mazda. KIA makes its first model: the Titan van in 1971. Three years later it produces another vehicle 100% original, the breeze.

In the 1990s he presented for the first time compact as the Sephia and Sportage SUV sedan models. The economic crisis in these years resulted in the sale of Kia to Hyundai group.

Present of Kia

He entered the U.S. market in 1994 through a network of representatives that placed the brand in the country. Kia held its 5 million in exports in March 2005. In 2006 it opened its first plant in this country in West Point, Georgia, that program 300 thousand vehicles per year and employs 5,000 people. From 2007 to 2014, Kia will be sponsor is also official FIFA, the Davis Cup and the Tennis Australian Open. In 2010 reached 10 million of revenue from exports.

Now Kia has dealers in 100 countries, all under the philosophy of providing quality low-priced vehicles. It employs 33,000 people and Bill around $ 20 billion per year.

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Kia Cars Reviews

Kia Ceed

Kia Ceed

Since 2006, the South Korean car manufacturing company called Kia has been producing a variant of small family cars, known as Kia Cee’d, especially for European Market.

Kia Cerato

Kia Cerato

It replicated the Shuma hatchback and Mentor/Sephia saloon. When it was launched for the model of 2004 year, the ‘Spectra’ name was utilized in the North America along with the presence of the ‘Spectra5’ as a designated hatchback. The Kia Cerato was replicated by the Kia Cee’s in the Europe.

Kia Carens

Kia Carens

Kia Carens is a compact MPV introduced by Korean manufacturer Kia and launched in the year 1999. Currently, the vehicle is in its 4th generation, and marketed all around the world with different name plates - most prominently as Rondo.

Technical characteristics of Kia Models

Name Year Power Fuel
1 Kia Soul 1.6 (US) 2010 122HP (90 kW) @ 6300 rpm n/a
2 Kia Sorento 3.3 4WD 2009 245HP (181 kW) @ 6000 rpm n/a
3 Kia Cerato 1.5 CRDi Hatchback 2004 101HP (74 kW) @ 4000 rpm 4.9 l/100km
4 Kia Cerato Hatch 2.0 Automatic 2011 156HP (115 kW) @ 6200 rpm n/a
5 Kia Venga 1.4 CRDi 2009 90HP (66 kW) @ 4000 rpm 4.7 l/100km
6 Kia Sorento 3.8 4WD 2009 262HP (192 kW) @ 6000 rpm n/a
7 Kia Sportage 2.0 Diesel Automatic 2010 136HP (100 kW) @ 4000 rpm n/a
8 Kia cee'd 1.4 2006 108HP (79 kW) @ 6200 rpm 4.2 l/100km
9 Kia Rio 1.4 CRDi 2011 89HP (66 kW) @ 4000 rpm 4 l/100km
10 Kia cee'd Sporty Wagon 2.0 CRDi 2007 139HP (102 kW) @ 3800 rpm 5.8 l/100km
11 Kia Sportage 2.0 2010 163HP (120 kW) @ 6200 rpm n/a
12 Kia Soul 1.6 CRDi Automatic 2009 128HP (94 kW) @ 4000 rpm 5.9 l/100km
13 Kia Magentis 2.0 CRDi Automatic 2006 139HP (102 kW) @ 4000 rpm 7.3 l/100km
14 Kia Forte SX 2009 175HP (129 kW) @ 6000 rpm n/a
15 Kia Picanto 1.1 Automatic 2003 64HP (47 kW) @ 5500 rpm 11.4 l/100km

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