23 Facts About Kia


Kia in turn is a minority owner of more than twenty Hyundai subsidiaries ranging from 4.

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Kia opened its first integrated automotive assembly plant in 1973, the Sohari Plant.

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Kia built the small Mazda-based Brisa range of cars until 1981, when production came to an end after the new military dictator Chun Doo-hwan enforced industry consolidation.

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Kia assembled a few hundred more cars in 1982 and 1983, after the ban had taken effect, but no passenger cars were built in 1984 and 1985.

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The import of these knock-down kits was permitted as long as Kia exported five cars for every single Fiat or Peugeot brought in .

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Kia produced several Mazda-derived vehicles for both domestic sales in South Korea and for export into other countries - where they were positioned at the budget end of the market.

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The first Kia-branded vehicles in the United States were sold from four dealerships in Portland, Oregon, in 1992.

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Kia declared bankruptcy in 1997, during the Asian financial crisis, and in 1998 reached an agreement with Hyundai Motor Company to diversify by exchanging ownership between the two companies.

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Since 2005, Kia has focused on the European market and has identified design as its "core future growth engine"—leading to the hiring of Peter Schreyer in 2006 as chief design officer and his subsequent creation of a new corporate grille known as the 'Tiger Nose'.

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Kia Europe is the European sales and marketing division of Kia Corporation.

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When Kia launched in Europe during 1991, it initially sold only the Pride supermini—a rebadged version of the late 1980s Mazda 121.

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From 1995 to 1999, Kia produced left- and right-hand drive versions of the first generation Sportage SUV at the Karmann factory in Osnabruck, Germany.

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Kia did not enter Europe's large family car market until the launch of its Clarus four-door sedan in 1999—a year behind schedule due to the financial difficulties that Kia was facing before it was taken over by Hyundai.

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In late 2006, Kia opened its first own plant in Europe at a cost of approximately EUR 1.

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Kia has built a production facility on a Greenfield land in Anantpur district, Andhra Pradesh near Penukonda.

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Kia oversaw the construction of Kia's first manufacturing facility in India, to help strengthen the company's position in the fifth largest global automotive market.

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Kia Lucky Motors is a joint venture in Pakistan between Kia Motors and Lucky Cement.

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Kia Motors has 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.

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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.

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Kia is the owner of the former ex-Asia Motors factory in Gwangju.

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Schreyer has since been central to a complete restyling of Kia's line-up, overseeing design activities at Kia's design centers in Frankfurt, Los Angeles, Tokyo, and the Namyang Design Center in South Korea.

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In late 2012, Kia Motors was forced to admit error in inflating its United States Environmental Protection Agency mileage claims and had to reduce its fuel economy claims in the U S by about 3 percent across the board and to offer compensation to previous vehicle buyers.

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Since 2014, Kia Motors has been involved in controversies in Mexico due to alleged irregularities in the construction of one of its manufacturing plants, located in the municipality of Pesqueria, Nuevo Leon.

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