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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 Optima

Kia Optima

A mid-size vehicle of four-door Sedan; Kia Optima’s original manufacturers are Kia Motors who have marketed the vehicle globally since 2000 under various banner. Kia Optima’s first generation cars had mostly been marketed under the banner of Optima, but for European and Canadian markets the name Kia Magnetis was used during the sales in 2002.

Kia Soul

Kia Soul

The compact car Kia Soulis designed in California at the design center of Kia. It was unveiled in as Motor show at Paris in the year 2008. South Korea is the place of manufacturing and Kia is marketed all over the world starting withthe year 2010.

Technical characteristics of Kia Models

Name Year Power Fuel
1 Kia Picanto 1.1 2003 64HP (47 kW) @ 5500 rpm 11.4 l/100km
2 Kia pro-cee'd 1.4 2007 108HP (79 kW) @ 6200 rpm 4.2 l/100km
3 Kia Amanti 2003 202HP (149 kW) @ 5500 rpm 8.2 l/100km
4 Kia Cerato 1.6 Saloon Automatic 2004 105HP (77 kW) @ 5800 rpm 7.7 l/100km
5 Kia pro_c'eed 1.6 CRDi Automatic 2010 128HP (94 kW) @ 4000 rpm 5.7 l/100km
6 Kia cee'd Sporty Wagon 1.6 CRDi 90 2007 90HP (66 kW) @ 4000 rpm 4.9 l/100km
7 Kia Shuma 1.5 2001 88HP (64 kW) @ 5000 rpm 12.6 l/100km
8 Kia Cerato Hatch 2.0 2011 156HP (115 kW) @ 6200 rpm n/a
9 Kia Morning 2004 61HP (45 kW) @ 5600 rpm n/a
10 Kia Venga 1.4 CRDi ISG 2009 90HP (66 kW) @ 4000 rpm 4.5 l/100km
11 Kia Rio 1.3 2001 75HP (55 kW) @ 5500 rpm 12.6 l/100km
12 Kia Forte SX Automatic 2009 175HP (129 kW) @ 6000 rpm n/a
13 Kia K7 VG270 LPI 2009 165HP (122 kW) @ 5200 rpm n/a
14 Kia Forte Koup EX 2009 158HP (116 kW) @ 6200 rpm n/a
15 Kia Optima 2.4 2011 203HP (149 kW) @ 6300 rpm n/a

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