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 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 Full Size Cars
Kia Cadenza (2009-present) Executive full
2019 Kia Cadenza
The Kia Cadenza, marketed in South Korea as the Kia K7, is an executive sedan manufactured and marketed by Kia Motors. It was launched in 2010 to replace the Kia Opirus/Amanti.
Kia K9/K900/Quoris (2012-present) Full
"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 is 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 Cee'd (2006-present) Compact
2019 Kia Cadenza
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
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 Stinger (2017-present) Compact
2019 Kia Stinger GT Atlantica
The Kia Stinger is a compact executive 5-door fastback manufactured by Kia Motors.
Kia Picanto/Morning (2004-present) City
2019 Kia Picanto
The Kia Picanto 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 Ray (2011-present) City
2018 Kia Ray
The Kia Ray is a city car manufactured by Kia Motors exclusively for the Korean domestic market.
Kia Rio/Rio5/Pride (2000-present) Sub compact)
2015 Kia Rio
The Kia Rio 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 Mid Size
Kia Optima/Magentis/K5 (2000-present) Mid
2011 Kia Optima Sedan
The Kia Optima 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 going to be used for all markets except China, where they will also use the South Korean market name.
Kia Optima PHEV
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 (PEV)
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 Sportage (1993-present)
2009 Kia Sportage
2018 Kia Sportage
The Kia Sportage is a compact crossover SUV (compact SUV until 2005) built by the South Korean manufacturer Kia since 1993
Kia Carnival/Sedona (1998-present)
2019 Kia Sedona
The Kia Carnival 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.
Kia Carens/Rondo (1999-present) MPV
2019 Kia Rondo
The Kia Carens 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.
Kia Sorento (2009-present) SUV
2019 Kia Sorento
The Kia Sorento is a mid-size crossover SUV (compact SUV until 2009) produced since 2002 by South Korean manufacturer Kia Motors.
Kia Soul (2009-present) MVP
2019 Kia Soul
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
2019 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 Mohave/Borrego (2018-present)
2019 Kia Borrego
The Kia Mohave, 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.
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 Pregio (1995-present)
2006 Kia Pregio
The Kia Pregio was 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).
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).
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Kia Soul Scale Model Shown
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Die-cast metal body with plastic details
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