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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 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.

Kia Forte

Kia Forte

Kia Forte was produced by Kia Motors in the year 2008. It is available in 2-door coupe and rolled out as replacement to the Cerato. It is also available in 4-door sedan and 5-door hatchback variants.

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.

Technical characteristics of Kia Models

Name Year Power Fuel
1 Kia cee'd Sporty Wagon 2.0 CRDi 2007 139HP (102 kW) @ 3800 rpm 5.8 l/100km
2 Kia Optima 2.4 2011 203HP (149 kW) @ 6300 rpm n/a
3 Kia Optima 2.4 2007 164HP (120 kW) @ 5800 rpm 5.8 l/100km
4 Kia Sorento 3.3 4WD 2009 245HP (181 kW) @ 6000 rpm n/a
5 Kia Rio 5 Automatic (US) 2011 112HP (82 kW) @ 6000 rpm n/a
6 Kia Forte Automatic 2009 158HP (116 kW) @ 6200 rpm n/a
7 Kia Sportage 2.0 AWD 2010 163HP (120 kW) @ 6200 rpm n/a
8 Kia Picanto 1.1 2007 64HP (47 kW) @ 5500 rpm 5 l/100km
9 Kia Optima 2.4 2010 177HP (131 kW) @ 6000 rpm n/a
10 Kia cee'd Sporty Wagon 1.6 Automatic 2007 121HP (89 kW) @ 6200 rpm 6.9 l/100km
11 Kia Venga 1.6 CRDi ISG 2009 128HP (94 kW) @ 4000 rpm 4.5 l/100km
12 Kia Venga 1.6 Automatic 2009 125HP (92 kW) @ 6300 rpm 7 l/100km
13 Kia Cerato 2.0 Hatchback Automatic 2004 143HP (105 kW) @ 6000 rpm 8.3 l/100km
14 Kia Sportage 2.0 Automatic 2010 163HP (120 kW) @ 6200 rpm n/a
15 Kia Enterprise 3.6 2001 210HP (154 kW) @ 0 rpm n/a

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