Chronicle of an exciting "success story"
During the past 60 years, KIA successfully met many challenges. The Korean brand has grown from a local supplier to a leading global automotive manufacturers.
1944 Company founded as "Kyungsung Precision Industry"
1951 "Kyungsung Precision Industries" officially becomes "KIA Industries"
Production of the first bike Korea
1957 The first Korean moped, the C-100, was born
1962Production of the first Korean truck, the K-360
1971 Titan 4x4 truck goes into production
1973 Inauguration of the first fully integrated automobile production plant
1974 KIA Brisa, the first car built in Korea
1981 KIA Bongo: 1st minivan produced in Korea
1986 KIA produced his first Best Seller with KIA Pride with nearly 2 million units sold
1991 KIA Sephia and the compact 4x4 Sportage KIA presented at the Tokyo Motor World
1992 KIA Motors moved to the US market.
1993 KIA Sportage compact SUV launched
1995 KIA Motors Europe installs a regional headquarters in Europe
KIA Sportage SUV 1997 is quoted by US media among the "Best Product of the Year" and "Best 4x4 choice"
1998 Creation of Hyundai Automotive Group - KIA
2000 KIA Sportage compact SUV finished the Paris-Dakar rally
2003 Opening of the European Centre for Research and Development in Rüsselsheim, Germany.
KIA becomes official sponsor of the Australian Open until 2008
Launch of the first tournament of amateur Tennis International KAAO in parallel with the Australian Open
The ISO 14401 certification is granted to all production centers KIA
2005 Launch of the new KIA Rio
KIA is selected as an Official FIFA Partner from 2007 to 2014
A fleet of vehicles with fuel cells is presented in California
The Hyundai-Kia Automotive Group opens central research and development in environmental technology in Korea
The technical center Hyundai-KIA America opens the doors of its new headquarters for research and development
2006 Opening of the European production KIA factory in Zilina in Slovakia
The all new KIA Carnival is unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show
2007 KIA cee'd is the first Korean brand car to get five stars in Euro NCAP crash test.
Opening of the new headquarters and the European Centre for Design KIA in Germany.
Launch sports sponsorships X-Games and UEFA EURO 2008 ™
Presentation of the new design of the brand with the concept car Kee Peter Schreyer.
Completion of construction of two factories in China
Presentation of the concept car KIA SOUL
2010 KIA guaranteed all its models for 7 years throughout Europe
KIA cee'd elected for the second time, "the most reliable car" category by L'Automobile Magazine.
The new KIA Venga minispace born
Launch of the new KIA Sorento
KIA official sponsor of the FIFA World Cup 2010
2012 KIA renews its range
Marketing of the new cee'd range: cee'd hatchback, cee'd SW and pro_cee'd
Kia models won numerous design awards, including the red dot design award
As Official Partner of the FIFA Kia is actively involved in UEFA EURO 2012 ™
2013 KIA continues to grow in Europe
Kia passes the 33,000 registrations in France
New models are launched, including the new Kia Carens MPV and the first high-performance brand model: Kia pro_cee'd GT Coupe
In addition to the 7-year warranty, Kia now offers 7-year update of the mapping of GPS on all models in the range, and 7 years of service on the new Kia Carens MPV.