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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 Carnival

Kia Carnival

Kia Carnival is a minivan manufactured by Kia Motors. The vehicle was introduced in the year 1998 and marketed across several countries with different name plates. It is prominently known as Kia Sedona and it is currently in its second generation.

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.

Kia Picanto

Kia Picanto

Manufactured hugely by Kia Motors from the year 2004, this car Kia Picanto is a hit. For different countries the car is known by several names. In South Korea, Chile and Hong Kong the car is also referred as Kia Morning.

Technical characteristics of Kia Models

Name Year Power Fuel
1 Kia Forte 5-Door 2.0 Automatic 2010 158HP (116 kW) @ 6200 rpm n/a
2 Kia Picanto 1.1 CRDi 2007 75HP (55 kW) @ 4000 rpm 4.2 l/100km
3 Kia Sorento 3.3 2009 245HP (181 kW) @ 6000 rpm n/a
4 Kia Shuma Automatic 2001 111HP (82 kW) @ 5000 rpm 12.6 l/100km
5 Kia Soul 1.6 CRDi 2009 128HP (94 kW) @ 4000 rpm 5.2 l/100km
6 Kia Sportage 2.0 AWD Automatic 2010 163HP (120 kW) @ 6200 rpm n/a
7 Kia cee'd Sporty Wagon 1.6 CRDi 115 2007 114HP (84 kW) @ 4000 rpm 4.9 l/100km
8 Kia Cerato 2.0 Saloon 2004 141HP (104 kW) @ 6000 rpm 7.5 l/100km
9 Kia Rio 1.4 Automatic 2011 109HP (80 kW) @ 6300 rpm 6.4 l/100km
10 Kia Venga 1.6 Automatic 2009 125HP (92 kW) @ 6300 rpm 7 l/100km
11 Kia Picanto 1.1 2007 64HP (47 kW) @ 5500 rpm 5 l/100km
12 Kia Rondo 2.7 2006 184HP (135 kW) @ 6000 rpm 4.2 l/100km
13 Kia Forte 5-Door 2.0 2010 158HP (116 kW) @ 6200 rpm n/a
14 Kia Sorento 2.4 2003 138HP (102 kW) @ 5500 rpm 10.9 l/100km
15 Kia Morning Automatic 2011 n/a n/a

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