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Kia Motors Corporation was founded in 1944 and is the oldest car manufacturer in Korea. From a humble origin, producing bicycles and motorcycles, Kia now produces more than three million cars a year from 14 manufacturing and assembly operations in five countries. These cars are sold and serviced through a network of distributors and dealers, covering about 180 countries around the world. Globally, Kia has more than 50,000 employees, and the annual income is almost US$44 billion.

The name Kia comes from the Sino-Korean word ki, which means to comes out, and the word a means “Asia.” Translated it means to arise or rising out of Asia or come out of Asia.

Since 1986, Kia has partnered with Ford to produce several Mazda cars for sale in South Korea and for export to other countries.

Kia officially arrived in the US in 1992; it would be 1994, before the first Kia would be sold in the US. The first was available from four dealers in Portland, Oregon. The first models of Kia, which were sold on the United States, were the Sephia, to be followed by Sportage.

Kia also enjoyed great success in the European market. It began to import cars to Europe in 1991. Pride would be the first model to be offered there and proved to be quite popular among buyers.

Kia Motors has been on the European market for more than 16 years. Kia is definitely far from offering only one model for the first time. Today Kia has expanded to medium and full sedans for larger SUVs. The Sportage, Kia’s SUV has been popular all over Europe since its launch and with the introduction of Sedona, the cheapest full-size carrier in the UK, it’s hard to notice the delay of Kia anytime in the near future.

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Headquarters: Seoul, South Korea
Parent organization: Hyundai Motor Company
Production output: 2,827,321 units (2013)
Revenue: 46.9 billion USD (2013)
Subsidiaries: Dongfeng Yueda Kia, Kia Motors America, MORE
CEO: Han Wu Park (11 Nov 2014–), Hyoung-Keun Lee (18 Mar 2011–)

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