The history of KIA MOTORS began exactly on June 9, 1944 with the foundation in the South Korean city of Seoul of the Kyongseong Precision Industry, whose purpose was to manufacture bicycle wheels. During the Korean War, between 1950 and 1953, the company moved its facilities to the port city of Pusan, in the south of the country, officially adopting the name of KIA Industries. The first syllable ‘KI’ means to leave or to wake up to the world, since the letter ‘A’ means Asia, thus KIA means: to wake up or to leave Asia for the world. The choice of this new name demonstrated the ambitious expansion plans of the company, which went far beyond the Asian continent. It was during this period, in 1952, that the company produced its first bicycle, called Samchonriho. After the end of the war, KIA decided to set up another factory in Shiheung, in order to give vent to orders for bicycles.In the following years the company did not stop growing, and, in 1961, began the production of motors for scooters. Its natural evolution as a means of transportation company was confirmed the following year with the creation of a small commercial three-wheeled vehicle. In 1965 it became the first Korean company to export bicycles to the United States. In the early 1970s, KIA established itself as a manufacturer of commercial vehicles, especially with the Titan models, which eventually became synonymous with truck in the country, and Boxer.At this time, due to the enormous growth of the company, in 1973 a new plant was built in Sohari, that quickly began to produce gasoline engines. Finally in 1974, KIA presented the Korean public with its first passenger model, a compact called Brisa. The following year, KIA was responsible for South Korea’s first export car, when it shipped its first units to Greece and the Middle East. Soon after, confirming more and more its accelerated growth, the company bought the rav4 car cover, a traditional commercial vehicle assembler.By the end of that decade, KIA, which had started production of diesel engines in 1978, had already gained a good international reputation, which allowed it to be chosen in 1979 to manufacture the Peugeot 604 and Fiat 132 models for the South- Korean. Despite its success, in the early 1980s KIA went into decline and underwent a restructuring process. Thus, during the first half of the decade, it focused mainly on the production of commercial vehicles, among which were the Bongo truck models, which had a cargo capacity of 1 tonne, in addition to the Bongo Coach, a kind of mini-bus, and the Ceres truck, one of the automaker’s most successful vehicles introduced in 1983.With their recovery, the Japanese from Mazda and C. Itoh invested in the KIA in 1983, as well as the North American Ford in 1986, allowing the Korean brand to focus on research and technological development. Thus, at the end of the decade, more modern and advanced car models, such as Conord and Capital, emerged. At this time the automaker reached the historic mark of 1 million vehicles produced since its foundation.In 1990 the automaker adopted its current name, KIA MOTORS, and inaugurated a new factory that allowed it to double production and reach the mark of 700 thousand vehicles manufactured per year. The following year, KIA launched itself in the international market with the Sephia and Sportage models, the latter with the characteristics of a sport utility vehicle, entering the European market.In 1992, the automaker officially inaugurated its American subsidiary, thus entering the then largest automotive market in the world. The brand’s 50th anniversary, celebrated in 1994, was marked by the launch of the first Korean 16-valve gasoline engine. In July of that same year, its vehicles began to be commercialized in Portugal. The following year, KIA began production of the Sephia cars in Europe and two years later it launched three new models: the Carnival, the sports car Shuma and a new series of trucks. But the whole process of brand expansion and internationalization came at a high price, and between 1997 and 1998, KIA was very close to bankruptcy, but was eventually acquired by rival Hyundai. Thus, the HYUNDAI KIA AUTOMOTIVE GROUP emerged.At the turn of the new millennium KIA MOTORS presented its new visual identity with the traditional red oval logo. In 2005, KIA MOTORS introduced its new slogan ‘The Power to Surprise’ in order to strengthen its image and demonstrate the automaker’s goals of exceeding consumer expectations with the development of advanced and designer cars extremely bold.Noting that KIA’s ‘astonishing’ power has been assimilated around the world, its products and services have won numerous awards, thanks to its upgraded vehicle line and the agility of the company, which is one of the fastest growing automotive brands in the world. world. Since then, the KIA brand has been the fastest growing brand in the UK, becoming a real success also in other European markets, in the United States and especially in emerging countries.KIA globally launched the modern and daring SOUL, which in Brazil used as jargon the creation of a new category of vehicles in the country, the ‘car design’. By the way, design is the focus of KIA’s growth in the world. The automaker has already redesigned the front grille of its vehicles to allude to the prey of a tiger, which well illustrates the goal of snatching the world market
KIA FORTE GT 2020 – KIA FORTE GT
The KIA Forte line will be complete with GT trim level, which stands out for its turbocharged engine with more than 200 hp, in addition to a more radical exterior aesthetics. A new member of the ‘GT’ family of the Korean manufacturer, a car that will be offered in the United States for the moment, to face the Volkswagen Jetta GLI.The new KIA Forte GT, which has just debuted this SEMA Show 2018, will be recognized for its sports aesthetics, which includes a more aggressive design front bumper with large air intakes, a new black lacquered grille with details in red and the ‘GT’ logo, airbag on the trunk lid, diffuser with integrated dual exhaust pipes, external mirrors also in lacquered black, 18-inch alloy wheels, sport suspension, etc.In the interior the changes were discreet, but enough to convey a greater sports image. Its drawable seat covers include fabric and leather upholstery, as well as a multifunctional, flat-bottomed leather steering wheel with contrasting red stitching, aluminum pedals, specific trims and so on.The most relevant equipment includes an 8.0-inch touch screen infotainment system, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, two-zone automatic climate control, keyless access, button-down, heated seats, plus a variety of driver assistance, among which are the alert of objects in the blind spot, adaptive speed control, collision alert with autonomous braking, alert of involuntary change of track, etc.The new KIA Forte GT 2019 is equipped with a TGDI 1.6 gasoline engine that develops 204 hp of power and 264 Nm of maximum torque, which comes standard with the Stop & Start system in combination with a six-speed manual or automatic double DCT clutch and seven relations.For now the new ‘GT’ finish will be available in the North American market, completing the line formed by the levels of finish LX, S and EX.
2020 – KIA KX5
KIA continues its offensive SUV in China. The Korean manufacturer has presented its new model that will become part of the off-road family of the brand that is available in the Chinese market. The last member to come on the scene was the new KIA KX5. In fact, it is undeniable the relationship it holds with the KIA Sportage that can be found in Western dealers.The new KIA KX5 is ready for your presentation that is going around the corner. It will be present at the Shanghai Salon 2019. Aesthetically, the main differences between the KX5 and Sportage are in the front. It is the part in which this new SUV denotes a personality of its own. It features a new hood, LED technology, grille and front bumper.If we look especially at the rear, we will also find differences, such as the huge chrome frame that runs all over the top of the lanterns, a new bumper with the two exhaust exhaust well integrated and other small adjustments equally detachable.As for the interior of the KIA KX5, several new features emerge. There is a 10.25-inch touch screen that crowns the center console and the digital dashboard has a size of 7.0 inches. There is also a new panel for controlling climate control and other related adjustments.The KIA notes that the acoustic and thermal insulation of the passenger compartment has been significantly improved. And as it could not be otherwise, it will come equipped with different driving assistance systems such as the control and speed limiter and the 360 degree viewing camera. Other technological equipment to highlight is the wireless charger for compatible mobile devices.As for the mechanical part, everything will revolve around a selection of gasoline engines. The most basic option is a 2.0-liter naturally aspirated engine that develops 164 hp and 203 Nm of maximum torque, appearing coupled with a six-speed automatic transmission. A step up there will be a 2.0-liter T-GDi engine of 177 hp and 265 Nm combined with a dual-clutch automatic transmission and seven ratios.Production of the new KIA KX5 will take place in China thanks to the joint venture maintained by KIA with Dongfeng and Yueda.
2019 – KIA CEED GT-LINE
KIA Motors has come to the Paris Motor Show 2018 with a series of new features and one of the most relevant was the new GT-Line finish for the new generation of KIA Ceed, a dynamic-looking version of the Korean compact, which adds the GT- Line ‘, in addition to a series of aesthetic improvements.This new version inherits a series of exterior features that were already present in the Kia Ceed GT, giving the compact a sportier image, which will be available in both the five-door and turbo.The most relevant changes involve the front, which adds a new finish to the grille that combines shiny black color with chrome, new bumpers and alloy wheels up to 18 inches of new design.The interior was also subject to revision, featuring a sporty flat-cast steering wheel, black roofing, brushed steel door sills, sports seats, matching synthetic leather and fabric upholstery, aluminum pedals, etc.In terms of equipment, the Kia Ceed GT-Line features an 8.0-inch touch-screen infotainment system, integrated TomTom navigation, multiple connectivity options, JBL Premium sound, wireless charging for mobile devices, plus a series of assists on the road, among which are the speed control with limiter, automatic dipped headlights, frontal crash alert, pedestrian detection, etc.The engines that will be available in the GT-Line version of Ceed will be: in the gasoline line the 1.0 liter T-GDi with 120 hp and a maximum torque of 172 Nm, as well as the 1.4-liter T-GDi with 140 hp and 242 Nm of torque. In the diesel line the offer contemplates the CRDi in the versions of 115 and 136 hp of power, in combination with a manual transmission of six speeds or automatic of seven relations with double clutch.