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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 Ceed

Kia Ceed

Since 2006, the South Korean car manufacturing company called Kia has been producing a variant of small family cars, known as Kia Cee’d, especially for European Market.

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 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 cee'd Sporty Wagon 2.0 CRDi 2007 139HP (102 kW) @ 3800 rpm 5.8 l/100km
2 Kia Rio 1.5 2001 95HP (70 kW) @ 5800 rpm 12.6 l/100km
3 Kia Optima 2.4 Automatic 2007 164HP (120 kW) @ 5800 rpm 5.8 l/100km
4 Kia Sportage 1.6 2010 140HP (103 kW) @ 6200 rpm n/a
5 Kia Rio Automatic (US) 2011 112HP (82 kW) @ 6000 rpm n/a
6 Kia Rio 1.3 2001 75HP (55 kW) @ 5500 rpm 12.6 l/100km
7 Kia Venga 1.6 CRDi ISG (BE) 2009 115HP (85 kW) @ 4000 rpm 4.5 l/100km
8 Kia K7 VG350 Noblesse 2009 290HP (213 kW) @ 6600 rpm n/a
9 Kia Forte Koup SX Automatic 2009 175HP (129 kW) @ 6000 rpm n/a
10 Kia pro-cee'd 1.4 2007 108HP (79 kW) @ 6200 rpm 4.2 l/100km
11 Kia Magentis 2.7 V6 2006 187HP (138 kW) @ 6000 rpm 9.2 l/100km
12 Kia Sportage 2.0 Diesel AWD Automatic 2010 136HP (100 kW) @ 4000 rpm n/a
13 Kia Forte Koup SX 2009 175HP (129 kW) @ 6000 rpm n/a
14 Kia Rio 1.5 CRDi 2005 109HP (80 kW) @ 4000 rpm 4.7 l/100km
15 Kia Venga 1.6 Automatic 2009 125HP (92 kW) @ 6300 rpm 7 l/100km

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