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 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 pro-cee'd 2.0 2007 143HP (105 kW) @ 6000 rpm 4.2 l/100km
2 Kia Optima 2.4 2007 164HP (120 kW) @ 5800 rpm 5.8 l/100km
3 Kia Picanto 1.1 2003 64HP (47 kW) @ 5500 rpm 11.4 l/100km
4 Kia Venga 1.6 CRDi 2009 128HP (94 kW) @ 4000 rpm 4.9 l/100km
5 Kia Forte 2009 158HP (116 kW) @ 6200 rpm n/a
6 Kia Sorento 2.5 CRDi 2001 139HP (102 kW) @ 3800 rpm 8.5 l/100km
7 Kia pro-cee'd 1.6 2007 121HP (89 kW) @ 6200 rpm 4.2 l/100km
8 Kia Cerato 2.0 CRDi Hatchback 2004 112HP (82 kW) @ 4000 rpm 6 l/100km
9 Kia Rio Automatic (US) 2011 112HP (82 kW) @ 6000 rpm n/a
10 Kia Magentis 2.7 V6 2006 187HP (138 kW) @ 6000 rpm 9.2 l/100km
11 Kia Sorento 3.3 2009 245HP (181 kW) @ 6000 rpm n/a
12 Kia Venga 1.6 CRDi ISG 2009 128HP (94 kW) @ 4000 rpm 4.5 l/100km
13 Kia pro-cee'd 1.6 CRDi 90 2007 90HP (66 kW) @ 4000 rpm 4.2 l/100km
14 Kia cee'd 1.6 2006 121HP (89 kW) @ 6200 rpm 6.4 l/100km
15 Kia Picanto 1.1 2007 64HP (47 kW) @ 5500 rpm 5 l/100km