Kia

Kia Motors Corporation, or simply Kia or Kia Motors, is South-Korea's second-largest car manufacturer after Hyundai, which is also its sister company. Kia's roots trace back to 1944, when Kyungsung Precision Industry was founded. At that time, the company was making steel tubing and bicycle parts, which in 1951 led to the R&D of Korea's first domestic bicycle, named Samchully. One year later, Kyungsung Precision Industry changed its name to Kia Industries and started building Honda-licensed motorcycles and Mazda-licensed trucks and cars. Kia is also owner in 22 different Hyundai companies, while Hyundai owns a 33.88% stake in Kia Motors. Kia's central office is located in Gangnam District in Seoul. In 1992, Kia set foot on U.S. soil, with the first Kia-branded cars to be sold here reaching the customers through four dealerships in Portland, Oregon, beginning with February 1994. By 1995, Kia operated 100+ dealerships across the U.S., managing to sell 24,740 cars. From 2005 onwards, the company has been focusing on design as a future growth engine. In this regard, Kia hired Peter Schreyer, who coined the Tiger Nose front grille design.

What is the Cheapest Kia?

The cheapest Kia you can buy in the U.S. is the Rio. The small sedan starts at $15,390 and offers 130 hp channeled through a six-speed automatic gearbox. In Europe, however, the cheapest Kia you can get is the €10,290 Picanto, available with a 1-liter gasoline engine making 67 horsepower.

What is the Sportiest Kia?

The sportiest Kia is the Stinger. It its most performance-oriented iteration, the Kia Stinger adds the GT suffix and is fitted with a twin-turbo 3.3-liter V-6 engine that makes 365 horsepower and 376 pound-feet of torque. It also sits on 19-inch alloy wheels that hide Brembo brakes, with power reaching the asphalt courtesy of an eight-speed automatic transmission and the available AWD system. The V-6-powered Stinger is also fitted with a limited-slip differential.

What is the Most Popular Kia?

The most popular Kia in the U.S. is the Forte. In 2018, Kia sold 101,980 Forte units, after one year before, the carmaker managed to push 117,596 units. As of July 2019, the Kia Forte reached 57,585 customers. In Europe, however, the Sportage rules supreme when it comes to sales. For example, Kia sold 121,197 Sportage units in 2018 and 129,595 units in 2017. In July 2019, the Kia Sportage reached 10,139 new customers.

What is the Most Expensive Kia?

The most expensive Kia in the U.S. is the K900, thanks to a starting MSRP of $59,900. The K900 packs a 365-horsepower 3.3-liter V-6 married to an AWD setup (similarly to the Stinger) and represents Kia’s response to carmakers such as BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Audi. In Europe, however, the most expensive Kia is the Stinger, with a starting price tag of €44,490.

What is the Fastest Kia?

The fastest Kia is the Stinger GT. In its most powerful interpretation, powered by the 3.3-liter V-6 engine churning out 365 horsepower and 376 pound-feet of torque, the Stinger GT can reach 60 mph from a standstill in just 4.7 seconds and continue the sprint to a top speed of 167 mph.

Are Kia Cars Reliable?

Kia cars are very reliable. Especially more recent models, which have seen the company take extra measures to ensure their dependability. The Telegraph, for example, places Kia at number three out of 20 in a top that looks at the most reliable brands of 2017, with 80 problems per 100 vehicles. According to CNN, Kia is placed in sixth place in a top ten list, but that’s an older ranking from 2015, which is still average by all means. One year later, in 2016, J.D. Power ranked Kia as the most reliable brand in the market, making Kia the first non-luxury carmaker to occupy this privileged position sine 1989.

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