History Of KIA
Kia Motors Corporation grew from humble beginnings as a manufacturer of steel tubing and bicycles during the 1940s and '50s. In 1969, under the new banner of Kia (which translates roughly as "rising out of Asia") the company built its first automobile, the three-wheeled T-600 truck. In 1998, KIA became part of the Hyundai-Kia Automotive Group and began an aggressive expansion into new markets and new vehicle segments that led to the establishment of KIA Canada Inc. and the introduction of brand-defining vehicles like the Kia Sportage, Rondo, Sedona and all-new Soul.
Kia In North America
Kia's corporate presence in North America includes its Canadian headquarters in Mississauga, Ontario, with regional offices in Montreal, Halifax and Vancouver. In addition, the company has research and design centers in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and Irvine, California, and will open its first North American assembly plant later this year in West Point, Georgia. Kia's full line of vehicles offers world-class quality and customer satisfaction. Starting with two of Kia's most fuel-efficient vehicles, the sporty and fun-to-drive Rio have skyrocketed in popularity for their ability to stretch the distance between fill-ups. The Optima mid-size sedan brings more room, style and performance. Rondo is Canada's first Urban Utility Vehicle offering class-leading versatility and efficiency. The compact Sportage and intermediate-size Sorento SUV's provide utility and versatility in all situations. Awarded "Top Safety Pick" by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety for the third year in a row, the Sedona has become very popular for families all across Canada for its five-star safety rating and practicality. In 2008, we marked the arrival of the all new 2009 Borrego mid-size SUV, featuring Kia's first optional V-8 engine and 3,402 kg class leading towing capacity. Within our line-up of award winning vehicles, Kia is committed to environmental sustainability and protecting the future for both you and your family. Through extensive research and development, we are actively researching alternative fuels and expanding the use of eco-friendly technology with the development of more efficient engines, exhaust systems and transmissions. Kia has played a leading role in developing alternative-fuel vehicles to help significantly reduce fuel emissions. Our fuel Cell electric Vehicle (FCEV) program is developing and testing hydrogen fuel cell powered Kia Sportages as well as using more materials made from recyclable aluminum and magnesium ? that are 30% to 40% lighter than steel to boost fuel economy. The Kia Rio Hybrid, now in testing is expected to reduce air pollutants by 30% and increase fuel efficiency by 50%. We also continue to improve our recycling efforts with the establishment of an automotive recycling center with the goal of making vehicles that are 95% recyclable.