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How Do I Replace The Boot Catch On My 2004 Kia Rio Hatchback
The boot catch on my 2004 Kia Rio Hatchback has broken. How can I replace it. Parts are available on EBAY. Fitting instruction would help.
My 2006 Sorrento Occasionally Shifts Into 4 Wheel Drive On Its Own, Can Any...
My 2006 sorrento xe occasionally shifts into 4 wheel drive on its own. What is causing this to happen?. Tyres are good all round but fronts have more tread than rears, could this be the problem?
No Sound On Navigation And Voice Recognition
I have no sound from the navigation or voice command but sound to radio
What Is The Voltage Output Of The Aux Socket In The New Soul
The new soul has only one usb socket. I use that to play music from a memory stick and need to know if I can use the AUX socket to charge my phone i.e. is it 5 volt output?
My Kia Rio Beeps Loudly 3 Times When I Turn It Off And On
A few days ago I tried to turn on my 2007 Kia Rio but the keys wouldn't turn in the ignition. The steering wheel was also stuck. After pressing the break and jiggling the keys, I got them to turn an...
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"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.