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Kia Amanti Overview
2009 - 2004 (used)
2017 Kia Niro Overview
2017 (announced)
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2017 Kia Optima Plug-in Hybrid Overview
2017 (announced)
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Kia Rondo Overview
2016 - 2007 (used)
Kia Spectra Overview
2009 - 2000 (used)


Kia Borrego Overview
2011 - 2008 (used)

Kia Questions

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Car Inigition

I have a 2006 Kia Rio and today I try to start it and it wouldn't even turn either way the steering wheel was loose but it wouldn't go in park it won't go in neutral it wouldn't move I can't move ...

2 views with 1 answer (last answer 5 hours ago)

What Is The Best Way To Access My Bank 1 Sensor 1 O2 Sensor In My 2007 Kia ...

I'd like to replace it myself as I have done a few times for other vehicles but don't know the best way to get at it behind the engine. I want to remove as little as possible to get at it. Thanks!!

9 views with 3 answers (last answer 7 hours ago)

I Lost The Diagnostic Port Panel On The Left Side Of My Kia Sorento 2015 Mo...

I currently have an insurance right track plugged into my diagnotic port and I somehow lost the panel when I got an inspection done. I need to buy another one in black before my lease is up. Where ca...

3 views with 1 answer (last answer 10 hours ago)

What To Do If There Is No Sound Coming Out Of The Speakers Of My Car

Everything is working except that there is no sound out of the speakers

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I Came Here Because The Ad Said 96 Reviews Of The Kia Soul. I Can't Find E...

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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.