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 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.

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 Morning 2004 61HP (45 kW) @ 5600 rpm n/a
2 Kia Venga 1.4 CRDi ISG (BE) 2009 75HP (55 kW) @ 4000 rpm 4.5 l/100km
3 Kia Rio 1.4 CRDi 2011 89HP (66 kW) @ 4000 rpm 4 l/100km
4 Kia Cerato 1.5 CRDi Saloon 2004 101HP (74 kW) @ 4000 rpm 4.9 l/100km
5 Kia Optima 2.0 Turbo 2011 278HP (204 kW) @ 6000 rpm n/a
6 Kia pro_c'eed 1.6 CRDi Automatic 2010 115HP (85 kW) @ 4000 rpm 5.7 l/100km
7 Kia Rio (US) 2011 112HP (82 kW) @ 6000 rpm n/a
8 Kia cee'd 2.0 Automatic 2006 143HP (105 kW) @ 6000 rpm 7.6 l/100km
9 Kia pro-cee'd 1.6 CRDi 115 2007 114HP (84 kW) @ 4000 rpm 4.2 l/100km
10 Kia Optima 2.7 2007 187HP (138 kW) @ 6000 rpm 5.8 l/100km
11 Kia pro-cee'd 2.0 CRDi 2007 139HP (102 kW) @ 3800 rpm 4.2 l/100km
12 Kia Sorento 2.4 2003 138HP (102 kW) @ 5500 rpm 10.9 l/100km
13 Kia Picanto 1.0 2007 61HP (45 kW) @ 5600 rpm 4.9 l/100km
14 Kia Cerato 1.6 Hatchback 2004 105HP (77 kW) @ 5800 rpm 7 l/100km
15 Kia Sorento 3.5 V6 2003 194HP (143 kW) @ 5500 rpm 12.6 l/100km