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Are Spare Tire And Jack Provided In A Kia Soul When You Purchase One?

I bought a 2013 Kia Soul at Gossett Kia in Memphis Tenn.and asked why the car does not have a spare or jack.They told me that Kia Motors stop providing spare tires and jacks to their cars in 2008 an...

What Part Is Under Driver Seat Undercarriage ( Black Box) And Supported ?

supporting box like broke when hit truck tire retread

2014 Kia Optima Won't Start. All Lights Come In But Car Won't Start.

My 2014 Kia Optima with a push bottom will not start. All of the lights come in inside the car, the radio works, and dash lights/indicators all work. Car itself will not start.

Tail And Brake Lights

I have a 2006 Kia Optima around 6.30 am my tail and brake lights come on for no reason I am not even in the car I have a brand new battery so I know that not the problem the other day around 6.30 ...

Tail Lights

have a 2011 Sorento EX V6. Both right rear tail lights don't work. brake light and turn signal do. why would this be? tried replacing bulbs. still doesn't work.

Older Kia Models

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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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