The Kia Motor’s Company is a Korean auto maker that produces economically friendly vehicles. Kia was founded in 1944 and started producing bicycle parts and steel tubing products. In the early 1950’s Kia had produced the first Korean bicycle. By the late 50’s, Kia started producing the Kia C100 motorized scooter. In the 60’s, Kia started producing 3 wheel cargo vehicles and small motorcycles. During the 1970’s, Kia began to make major steps toward becoming an automobile manufacture. In 1973 Kia had succeeded in building Korea’s first fully integrated automobile construction facility. The Kia factory, in Sohari, went on to produce Korea’s first internal gasoline combustion engine. After a year, Kia had unveiled Korea’s first passenger car, the Brisa. By 1980, Kia’s technology was used to help produce the Fiat 132, and the Peugeot 604.
In the late 80’s, Kia had a lineup of several cars including the Pride, Concord, Capital, and Potentia. Ford noticed Kia’s expanding niche in the auto world, and started to import and re-brand two Kia models. The Kia Pride became the Ford Festiva in North America, and the Kia Avella was sold as the Ford Aspire. Both models were smaller style, gas efficient cars. By the early 1990’s, Kia had begun to distribute and sell their vehicles under their own brand name in North America. The popular Kia Sephia was the first release in the United States. With the rise of the popularity of SUV’s, Kia released the Sportage, which was well received by consumers because of cost. At the end of the 90’s, Kia had a dealership in every state except North Dakota. Continue reading “Who makes a Kia car? Kia Motors Overview and history of Kia”