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Why Does My A/c Fuse Blow
Just recently I noticed my A/C fuse blows and my power windows, A/C and sunroof doesn't work. I live in Florida and I did notice when its real hot and I go to start my car the fuse blows and I have to...
The Speed Sensor Affect On Working Of Transmission Or No
the speed rpm not working and computer code said it need transmission sensor
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...
I Have A 2008 Spectra Ex And The Transmission Looses Fluid
I have been checking the fluid in the transmission for about two months now and have added almost two quarts of fluid, but there aren't any visible leaks. Chevy used to have a vacuum modulator that th...
Getting High Voltage Code
have a 2000 kia sportage in driveway! starts (sometimes) then dies and gives a high voltage code! unsure what to check to fix this issue?
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.