About Kia

Kia Canada Historical Timeline

Kia Motors is one of Korea’s leading automakers. Since its foundation in 1944, the company has grown into a global brand (74th leading brand worldwide), selling more than three million vehicles per year through its 19 sales offices and 4,821 dealerships in overseas markets. Closer to home, Kia Canada Inc. was established in 1999 and has achieved impressive growth including recent record years that exceeded over 70,000 annual vehicle sales through our 188 dealerships nationally. We invite you to scroll through our timeline to learn more about our history and important milestones and achievements.

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Kia Motors Ranked Highest Mass Market Brand for Fifth Consecutive Year in J.D. Power U.S. Initial Quality Study


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Kia Owners Reported Fewest Quality Issues Within the First 90 Days of Ownership Among All Non-Luxury Auto Brands in the U.S.

June 19, 2019
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2019 Kia Soul EV wins Vincentric Best Value in Canada award


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Kia Canada Inc. is proud to share that the 8th annual Vincentric Best Value in Canada award winner in the Electric/Plug-In Hybrid segment is the 2019 Kia Soul EV.

June 18, 2019
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Kia Celebrates 20 years in Canada and Welcomes new Chief Operating Officer & Vice President


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Kia Canada Inc. officially celebrated its twentieth year in Canada last week at an employee celebration that acknowledged the enormous team effort that has contributed to the rapid success of the brand across the country. The celebration was also the perfect opportunity for staff to meet Kia Canada’s new Chief Operating Officer, Elias El-Achhab.

June 13, 2019
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Kia Celebrates its Twentieth Anniversary in Canada with Limited Edition Models of its Award-Winning Stinger and Soul


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Unique feature and appearance combinations will give Canadians the chance to celebrate with Kia through two of its most popular models

April 18, 2019
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Kia Canada Announces Pricing for All-New 2020 Kia Telluride SUV


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Largest Kia ever is a versatile seven or eight seater SUV that provides all the comfort and technology needed for Canadian families looking to explore in style

March 20, 2019
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Kia Canada Inc. welcomes Mr. Michael Kopke as new Director of Marketing


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Kia Canada Inc. is pleased to welcome Michael Kopke as the organization’s new Director of Marketing.

August 10, 2018
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Kia wins J.D. Power “Highest Ranked Mass Market Brand, Midsize SUV and Small Car in Initial Quality in the U.S.”


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The Kia Brand, Sorento, and Rio received the lowest rate of reported problems among mass market brands, midsize SUVS and small cars, respectively, in the J.D. Power 2018 U.S. Initial Quality Studies of new vehicle owners’ experience with their own vehicle after 90 days of ownership. Visit jdpower.com/awards.

July 12, 2018
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All-new Kia Stinger wins AutoGuide.com "Car of the Year"


February 21, 2018
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All-new Kia Stinger wins iF Product Design Award


February 13, 2018
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All-new Kia Stinger wins Motoring TV "Car of the Year"


February 13, 2018
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All-new Kia Stinger named finalist for the 2018 North American Car of the Year


Our HistoryDecember 1, 2017
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All-new Kia Stinger sports sedan is launched in Canada


Our HistoryNovember 17, 2017
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All-new 2018 Kia Rio launches in Canada


Our HistoryJuly 14, 2017
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Kia ranked #1 in initial quality by JD Power, two years in a row


Our HistoryJune 22, 2017
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All-new Kia Rio wins 2017 Red Dot Design Award


April 1, 2017
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Kia becomes official automotive partner of Special Olympics Canada


March 28, 2017
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Optima Sportswagon, Niro and Rio receive iF Design Awards


February 7, 2017
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All-new Kia Niro launches in Canada


Our HistoryJanuary 15, 2017
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All-new Kia Niro sets Guinness World Records title for hybrid fuel consumption


Our HistoryDecember 15, 2016
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Kia ranked 69th best global brand by Interbrand


October 7, 2016
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All new Kia Rio makes world debut at the Paris Motor Show


Our HistorySeptember 19, 2016
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Kia Mexico production facility officially opens


Our HistorySeptember 8, 2016
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Milestone 750,000th Kia vehicle sold in Canada


Our HistorySeptember 2, 2016
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Kia becomes first non-premium brand to top JD Power’s Initial Quality Study


Our HistoryJune 22, 2016
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Kia Sportage and Kia Optima win 2016 Red Dot Design Awards


April 1, 2016
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Kia Telluride Concept revealed at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show


Our HistoryJanuary 12, 2016
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Kia Sorento, Optima and Trail’ster recognized with GOOD DESIGN awards


December 23, 2015
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2016 Kia Sorento earns title as AJAC’s “Best New SUV / CUV ($35,000 - $60,000)”


Our HistoryNovember 24, 2015
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Kia Motors earns best-ever ranking in 2015 J.D. Power Initial Quality Study


Our HistoryJune 17, 2015
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All-new Kia Sorento receives NHTSA 5-Star safety rating


Our HistoryApril 24, 2015
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2015 Kia Sedona named to Ward’s 10 Best Interiors list


Our HistoryApril 16, 2015
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2015 Kia Sedona earns NHTSA 5-Star safety rating


Our HistoryApril 15, 2015
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All-new 2016 Optima sedan makes global debut at the New York International Autoshow


Our HistoryApril 1, 2015
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Soul EV wins the 2015 Canadian Green Car Award at the 2015 Green Living Show


Our HistoryMarch 27, 2015
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Soul EV wins Automobile Journalists Association of Canada's (AJAC) Canadian Green Car of the Year Award


Our HistoryMarch 24, 2015
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The Kia SPORTSPACE Concept unveiled at the Salon International de l’Automobile in Geneva


Our HistoryMarch 03, 2015
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Kia Soul EV wins Motoring TV 2015 ‘Best Electric Car’


Our HistoryMarch 02, 2015
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Kia Canada reveals the rear-drive GT4 Stinger at the 2015 Toronto International Auto Show


Our HistoryFebruary 14, 2015
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Kia Motors storms into Chicago with electric all-wheel-drive Trail’ster concept


Our HistoryFebruary 12, 2015
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Kia Soul wins second consecutive Canadian Residual Value Award from ALG


Our HistoryFebruary 11, 2015
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All-new 2016 Sorento receives prestigious "iF Design Award"


Our HistoryFebruary 3, 2015
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All-new 2016 Sorento revealed at the 2015 Montreal International Auto Show


Our HistoryJanuary 15, 2015
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Trio of GOOD DESIGN awards awarded to latest Kia models


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Kia K900, Soul EV and GT4 Stinger honored in ‘Transportation’ category

January 07, 2015
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Kia Canada scores a win at Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) Canadian Car of the Year Awards


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2015 Kia Soul EV earns title as “Best New City Car”

December 02, 2014
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Kia Canada Inc. kicks off fourth annual Drive Change initiative


Our HistoryAugust 21, 2014
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Kia Motors kicks off FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Canada 2014 with national vehicle handover ceremony


Our HistoryJuly 31, 2014
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‘Grand Prix’ design award presented to Kia's Chief Designer Peter Schreyer


Our HistoryJanuary 29, 2014
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New Kia Soul wins iF Product Design Award


Our HistoryJanuary 28, 2014
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Kia Canada reveals the all-new 2014 Kia Forte5 and Forte Koup at the Montreal International Auto Show


Our HistoryExplore Forte5Explore Forte KoupJanuary 16, 2014
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Kia shocks the Motor City with rear-drive GT4 Stinger Concept at 2014 North American International Auto Show


Our HistoryJanuary 13, 2014
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Kia Canada scores two wins at Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) Canadian Car of the Year Awards


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2014 Soul "Best new Family Car under $30,000" & 2014 Sorento "Best New SUV/CUV $35,000-$60,000"

December 04, 2013
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Chief Design Officer of the Hyundai Motor Group, Peter Schreyer, honoured in the 2013 Golden Steering Wheel


Our HistoryNovember 08, 2013
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Kia Canada launches the refreshed 2014 Kia Optima


Our HistoryOctober 18, 2013
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Kia Motors brand value increases by 15% to USD 4.7 billion


Our HistorySeptember 30, 2013
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Hyundai Motor Group opens European Test Centre at the iconic Nürburgring


Our HistorySeptember 13, 2013
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Kia Niro concept is unveiled at Frankfurt Motor Show


Our HistorySeptember 10, 2013
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Kia Canada partners with Student Car Share to launch the first car-sharing service of its kind in Canada


Our HistoryAugust 29 2013
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Kia Canada’s 3rd annual Drive Change Day


Our HistoryAugust 21 2013
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Kia enters Interbrand’s 50 Best Global Green Brands


June 2013
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Kia Launches All-New Model


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2014 Cadenza

Explore CadenzaMay 2013
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Kia surpasses half of a million units sold in Canada


January 8, 2013
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Kia enters Interbrand’s Top 100 Global Brands


October 2012
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Kia Canada’s second annual Drive Change Day


Our HistoryAugust 21, 2012
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Optima named Motoring TV 2012 Car of the Year and Best New Family Car


February 2012
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Rio named Motoring TV 2012 Best Small Car under $21,000


February 2012
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2012 Kia Optima LX receives AJAC Award for 2012 Best New Family Car (under $30k)


October 2011
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2012 Kia Optima Hybrid receives AJAC Award for 2012 Best New Family Car (over $30k)


October 2011
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Kia Canada surpasses 400,000 sales


August 29, 2011
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Kia launches the Optima Hybrid


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Kia’s first hybrid in North America

Explore Optima HybridJuly 2011
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Kia Canada sells its 355,000th vehicle in Canada


December 15, 2010
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KCI surpasses 50,000 annual sales in Canada for the first time


December 2010
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Kia launches the all-new 2011 Sportage


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The all-new 2011 Sportage and its cutting-edge design launches in North America.

Explore SportageAugust 2010
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2011 Sportage receives Motoring TV 2011 Car of the Year award


January 19, 2010
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Kia sells its 300,000th vehicle in Canada


November 2009
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Kia Motors’ first North American manufacturing plant


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Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia (KMMG), opens for operation.

November 2009
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Kia Canada partners with MADD Canada


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Kia Canada partners with MADD Canada in the fight against impaired driving, and providing vehicles for national school assembly program.

November 2009
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Hyundai-Kia Automotive Group joins ranks of Global Top 5 Automakers


July 2008
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Kia debuts the Koup concept at the 2008 New York International Auto Show


Our HistoryApril 2008
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Kia Canada sells its 200,000th vehicle in Canada


June 2007
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Kia Canada establishes partnership with the Toronto Football Club


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Kia Canada establishes partnership with the Toronto Football Club as the official automotive sponsor.

2007
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Groundbreaking ceremony in Georgia for Kia Motors’ first North American manufacturing plant


Our HistoryOctober 20, 2006
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Kia hires Peter Schreyer as Chief Design Officer from Audi


Our HistoryJuly 2006
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Kia Canada Inc. opens its new state-of-the-art 160,000 sq. ft. national head office in Mississauga, Ontario


Our HistoryApril 29, 2005
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Kia Motors declared the Fastest Growing Automaker in the World by world-class research firm Global Insight


Our History2005
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Kia Canada sells its 100,000th vehicle


December 2004
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Hyundai-Kia Automotive Group is ranked #7 in worldwide sales


2004
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Kia Motors celebrates its 60th anniversary


2004
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Kia Canada introduces the all-new Amanti luxury sedan


Our HistoryNovember 2003
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Kia’s new flagship vehicle


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The Sorento SUV, is launched in Canada.

Explore SorentoNovember 2002
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Kia Canada sells 50,000th vehicle


May 1, 2002
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Kia Canada sells over 26,000 vehicles in second full year of operation


December 2001
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The Sedona is introduced and earns a quadruple 5-star Safety Rating from the NHTSA


The highest possible rating for a minivan.

April 2001
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New vehicles to Canada


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Rio, Spectra and Magentis are introduced in Canada.

2000
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Kia Canada sells over 13,000 vehicles in its first full year of operation


2000
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Kia Canada sells over 1,400 Sportage and Sephia vehicles in Canada


Our HistoryDecember 1999
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The first Kia arrives in Vancouver


May 1999
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Hyundai-Kia Automotive Group is formed


1999
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In December, Hyundai Motors and Kia Motors merge


Our History1998
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Kia cars exported in more than 170 countries


1996
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Annual production reaches 750,000 vehicles


1996
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Kia produces its four millionth vehicle and exports its one millionth


1995
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Sportage joins Sephia in U.S. dealerships


Our History1995
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Kia attains ISO9001 certifications


Kia attains ISO9001 certifications for production of passenger cars, commercial vehicles and electric vehicles.

1994
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Kia celebrates its 50th anniversary


Our History1994
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Kia begins manufacturing Korea’s first 16-valve DOHC gasoline engine


1993
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Production of the Avella begins


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Marketed as the Ford Aspire in North America.

1993
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Corporate name is changed to Kia Motors Inc.


1990
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Kia becomes an equity partner with Ford and Mazda in the USA


1986
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Pride hatchback is produced and becomes Kia’s most widely sold vehicle to date.


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It is also known as the Ford Festiva and Mazda 161.

1986
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Kia manufactures the Peugeot 604 and Fiat 132


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Evidence of increasingly sophisticated technology.

1979
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Kia begins to export the brisa B-1000 pickup


Our History1975
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Kia begins manufacturing the Brisa


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Korea’s first passenger car.

1974
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Korea’s first internal combustion engine is manufactured


1973
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The Sohari plant opens


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Korea’s first fully integrated automobile production.

1973
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Production of gasoline engines begins


Our History1973
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T-2000 Truck is produced


Our History1967
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K-360 3-wheeled cargo vehicle is introduced


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Korea’s first domestically produced truck.

1962
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Product line expands to include Korea’s first motorcycle - The C-180


1961
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Production of Korea’s first domestic bicycle begins


Our History1957
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Production of the C-100 motor scooter begins


1957
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Shihung Factory completed


Our History1957
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Company officially named Kia Industries


1951
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Company established as Kyungsung Precision Industries


Our History1944