Kia Facts You Might Not Know
Posted on 07 Nov 2016
Kia has been enjoy great success in the UK, thanks in part to the new Kia Sportage, but what do we actually know about the Kia manufacturer? Jennings Motor Group takes a look at facts about the leading car manufacturer.
With a car produced at a rate of almost 2 cars per minute, Kia’s Hwasung factory produces a million cars a year.
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In Sino-Korean, the word Kia roughly translates to ‘Rising out of Asia’.
From two wheels to four
Kia started as a manufacturer of bicycles. In 1957 they launched Korean motor scooter, before going into partnership with Honda to create a range of motor cycles.
It was not until 1974 that Kia produced their first car. Previously, they produced three wheel pick-up trucks before focusing solely on cars in the 1980s.
For a one-off partnership with Lotus, Kia helped produce the Lotus Elan.
At the 2011 Automotive Brand Contest, Kia won four awards for design. Additional awards have been won for being a global and green company.
Kia is nearly 70 years old after being found in 1947.
Kia Sportage sales growing
With over 3,000 000 sales throughout the world, the Sportage is Kia’s biggest selling model with sales making up 20% of total sales.
Kia Sportage – Paris Dakar rally
Completing the Paris-Dakar rally saw the Kia Sportage become the first Korean car to achieve the impressive feat.
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