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Kia Questions

James Moseley
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What Would Cause It Too Sound Like It Not Getting Gas.

it'sjerking and stops running and hour later it starts ,runs like nothing happened

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Wanda Wills
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My Check Engine Light Came On And I Was Told He Could Be The Gas Cap I Boug...

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Auto_Putz
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2002 Kia Spectra Died And Won't Start

I was driving down the road and had just let off the clutch in 4th gear and the car just died on me. It made no loud noises it just quietly died, in fact I didn't notice until I had put my foot down t...

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KCkiasportage
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I Had The Break Switch Fixed For The Recall For The 2010 Kia Sportage Cruis...

I had the recall work done for my 2010 Kia Sportage. After that the cruise control stopped working which was working before. I would like to know if that is something that could happen. I know befor...

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Janet Thompson
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What Happened To My "welcome Home Sound?"

I somehow no longer have a "doorbell" audible sound when I arrive home. It was a feature I loved & no one at dealership has a clue ... it is the whole shebang package I have!

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Kia History

"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.