Since its beginning as an automaker in South Korea in 1944, Kia Motors has emphasized value and performance above all else. Today, a new Kia is a top pick for car buyers that seek value, technology, and driving excitement. If you are wondering how Kia Motors began and how it evolved, the following article will satisfy your curiosity.
When it was first founded in the 1940s, Kia started out by making bicycle parts. By the 1950s and 60s, Kia had expanded its scope of production to include motorcycles and motor scooters. After Kia produced several successful three-wheeled vehicles for carrying cargo in the 1960s, the company began to seriously consider making automobiles.
The First Kia Automobile
Kia built its first plant for future car production in 1973. Not only was it the first integrated automobile production facility for Kia, but it was also the first for Korea. Kia’s first automobile, the Kia Brisa, also claimed the title of first Korean passenger car. The technology in this car was so effective that automakers like Fiat and Peugeot adopted the same technologies for their vehicles.
Kia in the United States
Kia’s lineup in the 1980s included the Potentia, Capital, Pride and Concord. The Kia Pride was so successful that Ford sold the Pride in the United States as the Ford Festiva for seven years. By the early 1990s, Kia decided to sell cars under its own name, beginning with the Kia Sephia compact. When SUVs boomed in the mid-1990s, Kia came out with the Sportage.
In the last ten years Kia has made extraordinary improvements to its lineup. Now, Kia vehicles offer more value, style, and quality than ever before. New Kia vehicles also come with a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty. Call Brown’s Manassas Kia at (571) 383-2039 for more information, and visit our dealership today to take a test drive in a new or used Kia.