Kia Motors, a subsidiary of Hyundai Kia Automotive Group. CEO is Chung Eui-sun. The American arm is Kia Motors America. South Korea's oldest car company, Kia was founded in 1944 as manufacturer of steel tubing and bicycles. In 1952, Kia changed its name from Kyungsung Precision Industry, and later built motorcycles, trucks and cars. Starting in 1986, in partnership with Ford, Kia produced several Mazda derived vehicles for both domestic sales in South Korea and exports into other countries. These models include the Pride (based on the Mazda 121) and Avella, which were sold in North America and Australasia as the Ford Festiva and Ford Aspire.
On October 20, 2006, Kia Motors America formally hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for its first US assembly plant in West Point, Georgia, at an initial cost of over $1 billion. Since 2005, Kia has started to focus on the European market and is currently the UK's fastest growing car company and had various other successes in the European market. Kia is South Korea's 2nd largest automobile manufacturer with headquarters in Seoul, South Korea.
1994 - The first Kia branded vehicles in the United States were sold from four dealerships in Portland. Since then, Kia expanded methodically. Dealers in 1994 sold the Sephia, and a few years later the United States line expanded with the addition of the Sport age.
Kia Motors have specialized in the production of military vehicles with variants and other transportation equipment and by supplying them as a sole maker of military vehicles designated by the South Korean Government since 1976, when Kia Heavy Industry Co., Ltd was established. Kia is currently designing a Kaiser Jeep M715 type vehicle named the KM450 for the South Korean Army on license from the U.S. Government.
Models Passenger cars Kia Motors Group Picanto - KMC and KME only Cee'd - KMC and KME Only Rio, Rio5 Spectra, Spectra5/ Cerato Optima/Magentis Opirus/Amanti - KMC and KMA only Kia Soul SUV/vans Kia Motors Group Rondo/Carens Sportage Sorento Sedona/Carnival Borrego/Mojave Commercial vehicles Kia Motors Group K2700/Strong/3000S/2500TCI- KMC only K4000s - KMC only AM928 - KMC only Granbird - KMC only Concept cars KCV III Slice Rondo SX Multi S KCV-4 Mojave Rondo Taxi Kue Soul Kee KND-4 KOUP Electric vehicles Hybrid vehicles Kia has unveiled world premiers in the 2008 Paris Motor Show Kia Soul Hybrid Kia cee'd Hybrid Kia Borrego Fuel Cell KIA Defense produces six vehicles: KM42 half ton to three quarter ton variants of the M715 KM-45 modern variant of the M715 KM-25 variant of the M35 2-1/2 ton cargo truck KM-50 variant of the M809 Truck both as 5 ton and 7 ton variants KM-100 8x8 heavy tactical truck K53 - similar to the Swedish BV, amphibious tracked vehicle.
|Kia Amanti||Kia Borrego||Kia Forte||Kia Optima|
|Kia Rio||Kia Rondo||Kia Sedona||Kia Sephia|
|Kia Sorento||Kia Soul||Kia Spectra||Kia Sportage|