Kia Make Overview
Stereo Scans Endlessly
My 2004 Kia amanti has the Infiniti 6 disc stereo. It worked awesome but over winter it would scan until the car got warmed up. Now it's summer and it scans non stop. If I continue to hold the pow...
Car Won't Start. Just Clicks, Doesn't Turn Over, Dash Lights Are On But Doe...
Having transmission problems in my 99 kia sophia. It shifts funny and at 42 mph it shifts right to overdrive and has no power and sometimes it doesn't go into drive first thing in the morning. The ...
My car shakes at a red light only when it's in drive. It drives fine I just changed spark plugs it just had an oil change. Air filter looks fine ,I've replaced starter altinator so I'm not sure wh...
I Have A 2001 Kia Sephia. First The Heater Quit Blowing, And Now When Im Dr...
not shifting right, heater, ignition/shifting problems
Older Kia Models
|Kia Cee'd||Kia Cerato||Kia Magentis|
|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.