2020 Kia Telluride

Kia Vehicles Through the Years

Kia Logo

Kia Motor Corporation is headquartered in Seoul, and South Korea's second-largest car producer, right after the Hyundai Motor Company, with 2015 sales of more than 3.3 million vehicles Kia Motor Corporation was 33.88% minority owned by the Hyundai Motor Company as of December, 2015 totaling simply over $6 billion USD, and Kia Motor Corporation is a minority owner of over twenty Hyundai backups extending from 4.9% and as much as 45.37% with than $8.3 billion USD total.

Kia Videos

Kia was established in December 1944 as Kyungsung Precision Industry, a producer of steel tubing and bike parts, in the long run delivering Korea's first local bike, the Samchully, in 1951. In 1952, Kyungsung Precision Industry's name was changed to Kia Industries, and later manufactured small Honda-licensed motorcycles (beginning in 1957), Mazda-authorized trucks (1962) and autos (1974). The organization opened its automotive factory in 1973, the Sohari factory. Kia manufactured the small Brisa auto line until 1981, when creation reached an end after Chun Doo-hwan, the new military dictator enforced industry consolidation. At this point, Kia forced to stop building passenger automobiles and concentrate altogether on light trucks. Prior to the 1981 shutdown, Kia filled out it's passenger auto lineup with a pair of foreign models assembled under license: the Fiat 132 and the Peugeot 604.

Beginning in 1986 (when just 26 autos were produced, trailed by more than 95,000 the following year), Kia rejoined the car business in a partnership with Ford. Kia manufactured a few Mazda-based vehicles for both domestic purchases in South Korea and for export into different nations. These models incorporated the Kia Pride, based upon the Mazda 121, and the Avella, which were marketed in the U.S. and Australasia as the Ford Festiva and the Ford Aspire.

Kia Motors America was incorporated in the U.S. 1n 1992. The first vehicles carrying the Kia brand in the United States were sold in 1994 from just four dealerships in Portland, Oregon. Since then, Kia expanded from one region at a time. In 1994, dealers sold the Sephia; and a couple of years later U.S. Dealers were selling the Sportage. By 1995, More than one hundred Kia dealerships existed in thirty states, selling a record 24,740 automobiles.

Kia and Hyundai have the same parent company, but the Korean automakers offer completely different lineups. While Hyundai’s cars and SUVs focus on how much bang you can get for your buck, Kia’s diverse lineup has low-cost models that are sold alongside high-priced models that can cost nearly $50,000 in their highest grade.

Kia makes some products Hyundai does not, including a minivan (Sedona), a luxury small car (Stinger), a large car (Cadenza), and a luxury large car (K900). Likewise, Kia has no comparable vehicle to Hyundai’s Veloster, a sporty hatchback coupe.

Previous models
1974–1981 Kia Brisa - Small Family
1975–1981 Kia Brisa II/K303
1986–2000 Kia Pride - Subcompact
1987–1996 Kia Concord/Capital - Mid Size
1992–2003 Kia Sephia - Compact
1995–2001 Kia Credos/Clarus - Mid Size
1998–2003 Kia Retona - Mini SUV
2000–2002 Kia Combi - Mini Bus (originally by Asia Motors, since 1983)
2000–2009 Kia Spectra - Compact
2002–2011 Kia Opirus/Amanti - Full Size Executive
2008–2016 Kia Forte Koup/Kia Koup - Compact
2009–2017 Kia Venga - Mini MPV

Kia Full Size Cars

Kia Cadenza (2010-present) Executive full size

2016 Kia Cadenza
2016 Kia Cadenza
2017 Kia Cadenza
2017 Kia Cadenza
2018 Kia Cadenza
2018 Kia Cadenza
2019 Kia Cadenza
2019 Kia Cadenza
2020 Kia Cadenza K7
2020 Kia Cadenza K7
The Kia Cadenza, marketed in South Korea as the Kia K7, is an executive sedan manufactured and marketed by Kia Motors. The Cadenza uses the new front-wheel-drive Type-N platform with MacPherson front suspension and a multilink rear suspension. Cadenza will be offered with three gasoline engines ranging from 165 horsepower to 290 horsepower for the 3.5-liter Lambda, included the new 2.4-liter Theta II with gasoline direct injection (GDI) and 201 horsepower. A hybrid K7 700h is available in Korea, with a 159 hp four cylinder and a 35 kW electric motor. The Kia Cadenza was designed by Kia design chief Peter Schreyer, previously chief designer at Audi, and uses Kia's corporate Tiger Nose grille. It was launched in 2010 to replace the Kia Opirus/Amanti.

Kia K900 (2012-present) Full

2015 Kia K900
2015 Kia K900
2016 Kia K900
2016 Kia K900
2017 Kia K900
2017 Kia K900
2019 Kia K900
2019 Kia K900
The Kia K9, marketed as the Kia K900 in the United States and Canada and as the Kia Quoris in other export markets, is a full-size luxury sedan manufactured and marketed by Kia Motors, now in its second generation. The K9 was launched in South Korea in May 2012, with export sales beginning in late 2012. As of June 2013, the car became available in South Korea, the Middle East, Colombia, Guatemala, Peru, Russia, the United States, and Canada. There are plans to release it in China; though, Kia will not use the Quoris name after a lost legal battle.

Kia Compact

Kia Rio (2000-present) Sub compact)

2015 Kia Rio
2015 Kia Rio
2017 Kia Rio
2017 Kia Rio
2018 Kia Rio
2018 Kia Rio
2019 Kia Rio Sport
2019 Kia Rio Sport
2020 Kia Rio
2020 Kia Rio
The Kia Rio/Rio5/Pride is a subcompact car produced by the South Korean manufacturer Kia since August 2000 and now in its fourth generation. Body styles have included a three and five-door hatchback and four-door sedan, equipped with inline-four gasoline and diesel engines, and front-wheel drive. The Rio replaced the first-generation Pride—a rebadged version of the Ford Festiva—and the Avella, a subcompact sold as a Ford in some markets. A second generation was introduced in 2005 in Europe and 2006 in North America, sharing its platform with the Hyundai Accent, a subcompact manufactured by its sister Hyundai Motor Company in South Korea.

Kia Morning (2004-present) City

2019 Kia Picanto
2019 Kia Picanto
The Kia Picanto/Morning is a city car produced by the South Korean manufacturer Kia since 2004. It is also known as the Kia Morning in South Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Chile, Kia EuroStar in Taiwan (first generation), Kia New Morning in Vietnam and the Naza Suria or Naza Picanto in Malaysia (first generation). The Picanto is primarily manufactured at the Donghee joint-venture plant in Seosan, South Korea, though some countries locally assemble complete knock-down versions of the car.

Kia Cee'd (2006-present) Compact

The Kia Ceed (styled as CEED; known as the Kia Cee'd before 2018) is a compact car produced by the South Korean manufacturer Kia Motors since 2006, exclusively for the European market. It was released in December 2006, superseding the Kia Spectra and is available as a three-door hatchback (Pro Cee'd), a five-door hatchback and a five-door station wagon (Cee'd SW), with a choice of four engines (two gasoline and two diesel), five trim levels (1, 2, 3, 4 and 4 Tech – previously S, GS, LS and SR) and either manual or automatic transmission.

Kia Forte (2008-present) Compact

2019 Kia Forte
2019 Kia Forte
2020 Kia Forte
2020 Kia Forte
The Kia Forte, known as the K3 in South Korea, the Forte K3 or Shuma in China and Cerato Vivaro in Colombia, is a compact car produced by Kia Motors since mid-2008. It replaced the Kia Cerato/Spectra and is available in two-door coupe, four-door sedan, five-door hatchback variants. It is not available in Europe, where the similar sized Kia Ceed is offered (except for Russia and Ukraine, where the Cee'd and the Forte are both available).

Kia Ray (2011-present) City

2018 Kia Ray
2018 Kia Ray
The Kia Ray is a city car manufactured by Kia Motors exclusively for the Korean domestic market.

Kia Stinger (2017-present) Compact

2019 Kia Stinger GT Atlantica
2019 Kia Stinger GT Atlantica
2020 Kia Stinger GTS
2020 Kia Stinger GTS
The Kia Stinger is a compact executive 5-door fastback manufactured by Kia Motors. The Kia Stinger traces its roots to the Kia GT Concept from the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show and the Kia GT4 Stinger from the 2014 North American International Auto Show. Designed by Peter Schreyer and Gregory Guillaume (Kia's Chief Designer) at Kia's European studio in Frankfurt and engineered by former BMW M Vice President of Engineering Albert Biermann, the car was unveiled at the 2017 North American International Auto Show. Biermann is now the executive vice president of performance development and high performance vehicles of the Hyundai Motor Group.

Kia Mid Size

Kia Optima (2000-present) Mid

2011 Kia Optima Sedan
2011 Kia Optima Sedan
2016 Kia Optima 1.6T Sedan
2016 Kia Optima 1.6T Sedan
2017 Kia Optima LX Sedan
2017 Kia Optima LX Sedan
2018 Kia Optima Sedan
2018 Kia Optima Sedan
2019 Kia Optima Sedan
2019 Kia Optima Sedan
The Kia Optima/Magentis/K5 is a 4-door mid-size car manufactured by Kia Motors since 2000 and marketed globally through various nameplates. First generation cars were mostly marketed as the Optima, although the Kia Magentis name was used in Europe and Canada when sales began there in 2002. For the second generation models, Kia used the Kia Lotze & Kia K5 name for the South Korean market, and the Magentis name globally, except in the United States, Canada, and Malaysia where the Optima name was retained. The Optima name is now being used for all markets except China, where they are also using the South Korean market name.

Kia Electric

Kia Optima (2014-present) PHEV

Kia Optima PHEV 2017
Kia Optima PHEV 2017
A plug-in hybrid variant was unveiled at the 2016 Chicago Auto Show. The Kia Optima PHEV shares the powertrain of the Hyundai Sonata PHEV, and like its sibling, it has a 9.8 kWh battery pack that delivers an all-electric range of 27 miles, but the Optima plug-in hybrid has a lower drag coefficient, which at 0.24 Cd is on par with the all-electric Tesla Model S. The Optima PHEV has an active grille, which automatically opens and closes at high and low speeds, contributing to reduce the Cd. The plug-in hybrid features a 50 kW electric motor and 2.0-liter “Nu” four-cylinder GDI engine, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.

Kia Soul EV (2014-present) PEV

2020 Kia Soul EV
2020 Kia Soul EV
Deliveries began in South Korea in May 2014. European sales began in July 2014. Sales in the U.S. began in the last quarter of 2014, initially it was sold only in California and Oregon, and several Eastern states with the largest EV markets and infrastructure including New York, New Jersey and Maryland.

Kia SUVs

Kia Sportage (1993-present)

2009 Kia Sportage  - Kia Gallery
2009 Kia Sportage
2017 Kia Sportage
2017 Kia Sportage
2018 Kia Sportage
2018 Kia Sportage
2019 Kia Sportage
2019 Kia Sportage
2020 Kia Sportage
2020 Kia Sportage
The Kia Sportage is a compact crossover SUV (compact SUV until 2005) built by the South Korean manufacturer Kia since 1993. The first-generation Kia Sportage was developed with a Mazda Bongo engineering base platform. It shares many mechanical components such as the engine, transmissions (early versions), and differentials with the Mazda line of vehicles. This was during Kia's alliance with Ford and Mazda, which involved Ford/Mazda providing technology and Kia providing inexpensive manufacturing facilities for Ford.

Kia Rondo (1999-present) MPV

2019 Kia Rondo
2019 Kia Rondo
The Kia Carens/Rondo is a compact MPV launched in 1999 by the Korean manufacturer Kia, now in its third generation, and marketed worldwide under various nameplates — prominently as the Kia Rondo. In 2006, Kia presented a second generation Carens for model year 2007. The Carens/Rondo followed Kia's introduction at the 2005 Frankfurt Motor Show of the Multi-S, essentially the Carens/Rondo in concept form — the S standing for Sporty, Spacious and Smart. The Multi-S differed significantly from the production model, only its inclusion of a dual panel sunroof running the length of the roof. The name Rondo derives from the musical term Rondo.

Kia Sorento (2002-present) SUV

2016 Kia Sorento SX
2016 Kia Sorento SX
2017 Kia Sorento
2017 Kia Sorento
2018 Kia Sorento
2018 Kia Sorento
2019 Kia Sorento
2019 Kia Sorento
2020 Kia Sorento
2020 Kia Sorento
The Kia Sorento is a mid-size crossover SUV (compact SUV until 2009) produced since 2002 by South Korean manufacturer Kia Motors. Debuted in February 2002, the first generation Sorento was a traditional truck-based body-on-frame SUV. All American Sorentos also came with dual front airbags and dual side-curtain airbags in the front and rear. An optional four-wheel drive system with low range received praise for adding to the vehicle's off-road ability.

Kia Soul (2009-present) MVP

2016 Kia Soul
2016 Kia Soul
2017 Kia Soul
2017 Kia Soul
2018 Kia Soul
2018 Kia Soul
2019 Kia Soul
2019 Kia Soul
2020 Kia Soul GT-Line Turbo
2020 Kia Soul GT-Line Turbo
The Kia Soul is a front-engine, front-wheel-drive, five-door subcompact crossover SUV (Mini MPV) manufactured and marketed worldwide by Kia and now in its second generation. Designed at Kia's design center in California, the Soul debuted at the 2008 Paris Motor Show and is manufactured in South Korea. Since 2014, Kia has marketed an electric variant as the Soul EV in North and Central America as well as Europe.

Kia Stonic (2017-present) SUV

2017 Kia Stonic
2017 Kia Stonic
2018 Kia Stonic
2018 Kia Stonic
2019 Kia Stonic
2019 Kia Stonic
2020 Kia Stonic
2020 Kia Stonic
The Kia Stonic is a subcompact crossover SUV manufactured by Kia Motors. Its name is derived from the words "speedy" and "tonic". The Stonic debuted in Frankfurt on June 20, 2017 and in South Korea on July 13, 2017, and was released in the fourth quarter of 2017.

Kia Borrego (2018-present)

2018 Kia Mohave Borrego
2018 Kia Mohave Borrego
2019 Kia Borrego
2019 Kia Borrego
The Kia Mohave/Borrego, marketed in North America and China as the Kia Borrego, is a sport-utility vehicle (SUV) manufactured by the South Korean-based Kia Motors. The vehicle debuted in 2008 in the Korean and US markets. The Kia Borrego is named after the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park in California; Borrego means "bighorned sheep" which can be found in the state park.

Kia Telluride (2020)

2020 Kia Telluride
2020 Kia Telluride
The Kia Telluride is an 8-seat mid size SUV, built by Kia Motors. Introduced as a concept car in 2016, the vehicle debuted in the spring of 2019 as a 2020 model. The production version of the Kia Telluride was launched at the 2019 North American International Auto Show. The first public debut was a customized version inspired by fashion designer Brandon Maxwell's Texas-inspired collection, at New York Fashion Week in September 2018. The overall design is similar to the 2016 concept except for the front end which was completely redesigned. The production model utilizes a larger 3.8L V6 and eschews the hybrid powertrain. Its width, height and wheelbase have been noticeably decreased when compared to the concept model.

Kia Vans / MPVs

Kia Sedona (1998-present)

2016 Kia Sedona SX
2016 Kia Sedona SX
2017 Kia Sedona
2017 Kia Sedona
2018 Kia Sedona
2018 Kia Sedona
2019 Kia Sedona
2019 Kia Sedona
2020 Kia Sedona
2020 Kia Sedona
The Kia Carnival/Sedona is a minivan manufactured by Kia Motors, introduced in September 1998, now in its third generation and marketed globally under various nameplates — prominently as the Kia Sedona. In North America, Hyundai marketed a rebadged variant, the Hyundai Entourage, from 2006 to 2009. In North America, the Sedona came equipped with a 3.5 L V6 engine making 195 hp and a 4-speed automatic (later a 5-speed automatic transmission). The first generation Sedona lacked features that other minivans had such as power sliding doors and power liftgate, a fold flat third row seat, navigation system, rear-view camera, and backup sensors. Early Sedonas were rated at 15.1 mpg (city) and 21.6 mpg (highway), but the numbers improved slightly to 15.9 mpg (city) and 24.5 mpg (highway) for 2005 models. In North America, the EX was the highest-level body style with amenities such as interior and exterior chrome accents, interior wood grain, leather wrapped steering wheel and gear shift knob and alloy wheels, with optional leather appointed seating, sunroof and DVD player.

Kia Pregio (1995-present)

2006 Kia Pregio
2006 Kia Pregio
The Kia Pregio is a rear-wheel drive cabover van and minibus based on the Kia Bongo and manufactured by Kia Motors from November 1995. It replaced the previous Bongo-based van, sold as the "Besta" in most markets. At one point, it slotted between the Kia Carens and the larger, front-wheel drive Kia Carnival/Sedona. The long-wheelbase version was known as the Kia Pregio Grand. The Kia Pregio Grand is a best selling van in Latin American countries such as Colombia and Ecuador because of its capacity for carrying a large number of passengers in its segment (16-19 passengers).

Kia Concept

Kia Telluride Concept

2019 Kia Telluride
2019 Kia Telluride
The Kia Telluride is a concept car, and upcoming production SUV, built by Kia Motors. Named after the town in Colorado, It was first introduced at the 2016 North American International Auto Show. A mid-size, three-row, seven-passenger SUV, the Telluride is based on a modified Sorento chassis, and powered by a transversely-mounted 3.5-liter gasoline direct injected V6 producing 270 hp combined with an electric motor making 130 hp, for an overall output of 400 hp. Fuel consumption is claimed to be 30 miles per US gallon (7.8 L/100 km).[4]

Get Your Very Own Kia Scale Models
Kia Soul Scale Model Shown
Kia Soul Scale Model Shown
  • Approx. 7-1/2" Long
  • Scaled replicas of cars and trucks
  • Die-cast metal body with plastic details
  • Opening doors on all - some with opening hoods and trunks
  • Detailed chassis
  • Choose scale model Kia Vehicles at Amazon

  • Help Me Help You!

    I support my family through this website, as odd as it might seem. If you find the information on these pages as helpful as a book you might have bought, feel free to help me continue helping everyone. If you've gotten anything through one of my links or helped otherwise, It's great people like you who allow me to maintain this site full-time.
    Thanks!
    The biggest help is when you use any link on any of my pages when you buy anything, regardless of the country in which you live. It costs you nothing, and is this site and my family's, biggest source of support and they have the best prices and service, which is why I recommend them all personally.

    Keep Your Car Looking New

    This site claims no credit for any images posted on this site unless otherwise noted. Images on this site are copyright to its respectful owners. If there is an image appearing on this site that belongs to you and do not wish for it appear on this site, please E-mail with a link to said image and it will be promptly removed.

    Kia Vehicles Through the Years Reviewed by Gene Wright on . Rating: 5