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Kia Amanti Overview
2009 - 2004 (used)
2017 Kia Optima Plug-in Hybrid Overview
2017 (announced)
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Kia Spectra Overview
2009 - 2000 (used)


Kia Borrego Overview
2011 - 2008 (used)
2017 Kia Niro Overview
2017 (announced)
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Kia Rondo Overview
2016 - 2007 (used)

Kia Questions


Oil Pressure Light Is On. Just Had The Oil Changed

I've got an appointment for Tuesday. Is the car safe to drive

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Oil Pressure Light Is On. Just Had The Oil Changed

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New Kio Rio 1.4 Hatchback Engine Ticking Noise

I just bought a new kio rio ex and ticking noise comes from engine until it heats up, is this normal .

6,022 views with 28 answers (last answer 14 hours ago)

My Rondo 2009 Is Having Starting Problems

Recently had experienced starting problems with vehicle. You turn ignition key but all you hear is one clic, car does not start. Then turn it a couple of more times and then car starts. Drive vehicl...

5 views with 2 answers (last answer 15 hours ago)

I Have Problems Starting My Car!

I have a 2010 Rio LX with 56000 miles. About 8 months ago it started to give me problems and not always starting. When I go to start the car I turn the key over and it attempts to start but does not...

20,004 views with 48 answers (last answer 16 hours ago)

Older Kia Models

Kia Cee'd Kia Cerato Kia Magentis
Kia Mentor Kia Picanto Kia Potentia
Kia Pride Kia Pro Cee'd Kia Sephia

Kia Overview

"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.

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