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Vibration In Clutch Pedal Movement In Clutch Pedel When Turning Corner
brought 2012 kia rio hatch new and it has 38,000 on the clock and clutch needs replacing then im told its not covered by warrenty by dealership and kia australia. I get vibration in clutch pedel fro...
Sudden Acceleration Of A 2012 Kia Sportage
Sudden, involuntary acceleration has happened on our 2012 Kia Sportage, I was unable to control it and crashed into a concrete wall and parked car while parking and applying the BRAKE. FORTUNATELY n...
Fuel Pump Still Coming On But Still Not Starting?
How Do You Remove A Brake Rotor On A 2001 Kia Optima?
I've tooling off the brakes, caliber, and brake bracket and now I'm stuck with this rotor???:-(
09 Kia Optima Ignition Lock Cylinder/switch Problem
I got a 09 kia optima lx 2.4 the other day I bent the key bent it back in place it worked on one side of the key for 2 days then stopped recognizing the key the steering wheel and ignition lock cyl...
Older Kia Models
|Kia Cee'd||Kia Cerato||Kia Mentor|
|Kia Picanto||Kia Potentia||Kia Pride|
|Kia Pro Cee'd||Kia Sephia|
"Arise from Asia," the translation of Kia's name, is exactly what Kia did in the early 1990s, seemingly out of nowhere. But the South Korean automaker has been in existence since 1994, as a bicycle and later truck manufacturer. In the 1970s, it was the first Korean automaker to produce the internal combustion engine, and the first to produce a passenger car.
Second only to Korean rival Hyundai, Kia's motto was quality cars, with a strong emphasis on safety and low-cost affordability. Its first appearance in the U.S. was as the Ford Festiva in 1987, essentially a rebadged Kia Pride. With a growing Korean economy, Kia decided to launch its first car in the U.S., the Sephia sedan. Its marketing strategy was to introduce the car gradually, starting in the West Coast and moving across the country. Word of mouth about the economy cars quickly enhanced Kia's reputation and the carmaker soon introduced its compact Sportage SUV, which went on to win several awards and a spot on many top ten lists.
Kia was looking to take over Japan's slot in the compact economy car segment, and in some markets the Sephia even outsold the Protege. However, labor problems, Korea's new openness to foreign imports, and the Asian financial crisis in the 1990s led to Kia declaring bankruptcy. It was acquired by Hyundai in 1998, with a renewed emphasis on quality and reliability.
With Hyundai's guidance, Kia introduced more sedans, including the mid-sized Optima and subcompact Rio. The Spectra was a small, but sporty little hatchback and sedan. The Sportage continues to be a popular SUV choice, especially now that it's moved into the crossover segment, and the Sedona minivan was rated as one of the safest minivans by the Insurance Institute. In 2003, Kia had sold over one million vehicles in the U.S., and it is continuing to expand its lineup today, with the recent Sorento SUV and the new 2007 Rondo, a small crossover with three rows of seating.