From its very humble beginnings as a manufacturer of bicycle parts by hand on the outskirts of Seoul, Korea, Kia Motors has emerged as the driving force behind the Korean motor vehicle for the last six decades, laying claim to the production of the country’s first automobile as well as Korea’s first automobile export.
The word “Kia” is derived from the Chinese characters Ki, meaning to “arise or come up out of” and A, referring to Asia. So when put together, Kia means to “arise or come up out of Asia”. Today, Kia has truly risen as a major global player and boasts an ever-expanding product line-up that is sold through a network of distributors and dealers covering 172 countries around the world. Kia Motors employs more than 40,000 individuals spanning the globe from an expansive personnel network that each aspire for excellence on behalf of our valued customers.
Kia in North America
Kia’s corporate presence in North America includes its Canadian headquarters and Ontario regional office in Mississauga, Ontario and a brand new state-of-the art facility in Montreal. Additionally, the company has research and design centres in Ann Arbor, Michigan, California City and Irvine, California, as well as Kia’s North American production facility in West Point, Georgia, which opened its doors in 2010 producing a total of 360,000 units, including the Sorento SUV and award-winning Optima mid-size sedan.
Kia’s full line of vehicles offers world-class quality and customer satisfaction. Starting with two of Kia’s most fuel efficient vehicles, the sporty and fun-to-drive Rio subcompact sedan and 5-Door hatchback have skyrocketed in popularity in the segment with their ability to stretch the distance between fill-ups and offer an unheard of amount of equipment in a subcompact vehicle. The Forte family welcomes an all-new generation of vehicles, such as the sedan, 5-Door hatchback and 2-Door Koup offering more space and a sleek new European-inspired design that compliments all aspects of the compact vehicle. The award-winning Optima mid-size sedan brings more room, style and performance to the table. For even further improved efficiency, the Optima Hybrid combines style and substance with an Atkinson cycle hybrid technology. For those looking for a unique vehicle that expresses their personality, Kia’s all-new Soul urban hatchback provides an iconic road presence with cutting-edge technology and a refined interior. A new addition to the Kia family, the Cadenza premium sedan has been engineered with the aim of creating the perfect blend of dynamic styling, blissful luxury and high-tech features. The all-new Kia Rondo Urban Utility Vehicle (UUV) offers a unique European-inspired design and an impressive available equipment list making a comfortable drive for the whole family. The Sportage Compact Utility Vehicle (CUV) and Sorento Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) provide utility and versatility in all situations. Kia’s product portfolio is rounded out with a versatile and functional family hauler, the Sedona.
Within our line-up of award winning vehicles, Kia is committed to environmental sustainability and protecting our future of both you and your family. Through extensive research and development, we are actively researching alternative fuels and expanding the use of eco-friendly technology with the development of more efficient engines, exhaust systems and transmissions.
Kia Motors Corporation's brand slogan -- "The Power to Surprise" -- represents the company's global commitment to surpassing customer expectations through continuous automotive innovation.