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Curiosities: The Kia brand was founded in 1944. It was born as a manufacturer of Honda motorcycles in South Korea, although with the passage of time it became an important engine of the Korean automobile industry, since it was the first company in this country that manufactured and exported a car.
In 1952 they began the manufacture of the first Korean bicycle, the so-called "Samchonriho". And it was in 1962 when Kia began the production of the trucks (all of them had two seats, three wheels and an open back). Manufactured was the K-360, which gave way, in later years, to the following: T-1500 (in 1963), T-2000 (in 1967) and T-600 (in 1969).
At the beginning of the 70s, the presentation of its first van, the Titan E-2000, took place. Exactly in 1973 they started the corresponding projects for the production of gasoline engines, and created the so-called Brisa Pick-Up B-1000, and a year later they launched the first Korean passenger car, the Brisa 1.0. (Subsequently, and under different agreements, Kia is responsible for the production of the Peugeot 604 and Fiat 132 models).
Already in the 80s, a nine-seater van (Kia Bongo) came on the market, later the Kia Besta, which was very similar to the Bongo, and a four-wheel drive truck (Kia Seres).
In 1984 the first R&D center was opened where in 1987, thanks to the agreement with Ford, Kia managed to manufacture the small Pride, followed by the development of the Concord and the manufacture of huge 2.5 and 5 ton trucks.
In 1989 the company adopts the name of Kia Motors Corporation. And as of this year, Kia opens its subsidiaries in the United States and Europe (Spain included) with the launch of the Sephia, followed by the development of vehicles such as: Kia Sportage, Kia Avela or Kia Elan.
The year 1998 is key for the brand as Hyundai Motor takes control of Kia Motor and exports reach a very high number of units. In addition, in that same year the Kia Carnival and the Kia Carens began to be manufactured, and a year later, the Kia Rio.
During these years, the president of the Hyundai company, created the Hyundai-Kia Automotive Group, formed by Kia Motors Corporation, Hyundai Motor Company and it is from this moment, when the two brands continue to work and develop independently, although they share R&D centers and component distribution networks.
In the 2000s, reaching a large number of manufactured units, Kia continues to launch new models such as the Kia Rio, the Kia Carnival, the Kia Sorento, the Kia Optima, the Kia Sportage, or the Kia Picanto.
After this boom, it continued its growth in a constant way, presenting new models, and exporting its vehicles in large quantities.
In 2006, the construction of one of its most important factories began in Georgia, United States. In addition to launching the well-known Kia Carens and the Kia Cerato. A year later the plant in Slovakia and the second factory in China were inaugurated and that same year the Kia Ceed was launched and the Kia Ceed Sport Wagon and the Kia Pro Ceed were presented. Followed, in 2008, by the manufacture of the Kia Soul, the new Kia Cerato and the Kia Magnentis and, also, that same year it opened its headquarters and design center in the United States.
The Kia Optima, which went on sale in 2012, succeeded in replacing the Kia Magentis and the following year, in 2013, it launched a new generation of Kia Ceed (with 9 different models in its catalog).
In 2015 the company has had so much expansion that it managed to start operations in Mexico, having exceptional growth, it was placed among the 10 best-selling brands in the country
To this day, Kia has continued to grow in its creations and development, in such a way that it is represented in 172 countries and has more than 60 distributors, scattered throughout the country.
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