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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 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.

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 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.

Technical characteristics of Kia Models

Name Year Power Fuel
1 Kia Shuma 1.5 2001 88HP (64 kW) @ 5000 rpm 12.6 l/100km
2 Kia Rondo 2.7 2006 184HP (135 kW) @ 6000 rpm 4.2 l/100km
3 Kia Forte Koup SX Automatic 2009 175HP (129 kW) @ 6000 rpm n/a
4 Kia cee'd Sporty Wagon 1.6 CRDi 115 2007 114HP (84 kW) @ 4000 rpm 4.9 l/100km
5 Kia c'eed 1.6 CRDi Automatic 2010 115HP (85 kW) @ 4000 rpm 5.7 l/100km
6 Kia M-Car 1996 50HP (37 kW) @ 0 rpm 10.3 l/100km
7 Kia Morning Automatic 2004 61HP (45 kW) @ 5600 rpm n/a
8 Kia Borrego 3.8 4WD 2009 280HP (206 kW) @ 6000 rpm n/a
9 Kia Forte Koup EX 2009 158HP (116 kW) @ 6200 rpm n/a
10 Kia Cerato Hatch 1.6 2011 124HP (91 kW) @ 6300 rpm n/a
11 Kia Morning 2004 61HP (45 kW) @ 5600 rpm n/a
12 Kia Magentis 2.7 V6 2006 187HP (138 kW) @ 6000 rpm 9.2 l/100km
13 Kia Picanto 1.1 2007 64HP (47 kW) @ 5500 rpm 5 l/100km
14 Kia Rondo 2.4 2006 164HP (120 kW) @ 5800 rpm 4.2 l/100km
15 Kia cee'd Sporty Wagon 1.6 CRDi 90 2007 90HP (66 kW) @ 4000 rpm 4.9 l/100km

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