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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 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 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 Magentis 2.7 V6 2006 187HP (138 kW) @ 6000 rpm 9.2 l/100km
2 Kia Sportage 2.0 2010 163HP (120 kW) @ 6200 rpm n/a
3 Kia Venga 1.4 CRDi ISG (BE) 2009 75HP (55 kW) @ 4000 rpm 4.5 l/100km
4 Kia Picanto 1.1 2007 64HP (47 kW) @ 5500 rpm 5 l/100km
5 Kia cee'd 2.0 Automatic 2006 143HP (105 kW) @ 6000 rpm 7.6 l/100km
6 Kia Soul 2.0 (US) 2010 144HP (106 kW) @ 6000 rpm n/a
7 Kia Rio 1.4 2011 109HP (80 kW) @ 6300 rpm 5.5 l/100km
8 Kia Borrego 3.8 2009 280HP (206 kW) @ 6000 rpm n/a
9 Kia Rio 1.3 2001 75HP (55 kW) @ 5500 rpm 12.6 l/100km
10 Kia Rio 1.5 Automatic 2001 95HP (70 kW) @ 5800 rpm 12.6 l/100km
11 Kia Forte 2009 158HP (116 kW) @ 6200 rpm n/a
12 Kia Cerato Hatch 2.0 2011 156HP (115 kW) @ 6200 rpm n/a
13 Kia Borrego 4.6 V8 2009 342HP (251 kW) @ 6000 rpm n/a
14 Kia cee'd 2.0 CRDi 2008 139HP (102 kW) @ 3800 rpm 5.6 l/100km
15 Kia Sorento 2.5 CRDi Automatic 2003 139HP (102 kW) @ 3800 rpm 8.9 l/100km

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