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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 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 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 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.

Technical characteristics of Kia Models

Name Year Power Fuel
1 Kia Rio 1.4 2005 97HP (71 kW) @ 6000 rpm 6.2 l/100km
2 Kia Clarus 1996 115HP (85 kW) @ 5750 rpm 10.3 l/100km
3 Kia Shuma 1.5 Automatic 2001 88HP (64 kW) @ 5000 rpm 12.6 l/100km
4 Kia Sorento 3.8 2009 262HP (192 kW) @ 6000 rpm n/a
5 Kia cee'd 1.6 CRDi 115 2006 114HP (84 kW) @ 4000 rpm 4.7 l/100km
6 Kia pro-cee'd 1.6 CRDi 115 2007 114HP (84 kW) @ 4000 rpm 4.2 l/100km
7 Kia Sorento 2.5 CRDi Automatic 2003 139HP (102 kW) @ 3800 rpm 8.9 l/100km
8 Kia Kee 2007 199HP (146 kW) @ 0 rpm 5.8 l/100km
9 Kia Morning Automatic 2011 n/a n/a
10 Kia Venga 1.6 CRDi ISG 2009 128HP (94 kW) @ 4000 rpm 4.5 l/100km
11 Kia Sorento 2.5 CRDi 2001 139HP (102 kW) @ 3800 rpm 8.5 l/100km
12 Kia Cerato Hatch 2.0 Automatic 2011 156HP (115 kW) @ 6200 rpm n/a
13 Kia pro_c'eed 1.6 CVVT Automatic 2010 125HP (92 kW) @ 6300 rpm 6.8 l/100km
14 Kia Picanto 1.1 2003 64HP (47 kW) @ 5500 rpm 11.4 l/100km
15 Kia Borrego 3.8 2009 280HP (206 kW) @ 6000 rpm n/a

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