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Tomorrow, May 25, 2011, is the 67th anniversary of the foundation of Kia Motors. Kia Motors is living history of the automobile industry in Korea. After the company’s establishment in 1944, Kia Motors produced Korea’s first bicycle (’52), auto bike (’62), 3-wheel truck (’62) and passenger sedan (’74). This technical history serves as the background for Kia Motors continuing to challenge itself in the constant development of innovative technology, such as high-performance engines and independent platforms, and in becoming one of the best in the industry.

Today, Kia Motors is a global company that exports about 1.5 million cars every year and has a full line-up including passenger cars, commercial vehicles and buses. A wide range of Kia vehicles can be seen in various places throughout approximately 170 countries around the world. It is no longer strange to see police cars with the Kia emblem in Europe or an advertisement on a New York Times Square billboard for the latest Kia model. Additionally, Kia now has independent manufacturing facilities and research and design centers globally in countries like Korea, Slovakia, China and the U.S. Around 44,000 Kia Motors employees are working hard to meet the constantly changing and diverse needs of consumers.

Production of Korea’s first truck, the “K-360” (1962)

Production of a 4-wheel cargo truck, the “Titan” (1971)

Kia Motors made remarkable changes in the short time span of 67 years. However, the growth and expansion was too fast and the company suffered a bankruptcy crisis in 1997. Fortunately, Kia Motors was able to have a new start as part of the Hyundai-Kia Automotive Group two years later and the crisis became the foundation for a big leap forward for the company.
From 2000, Kia Motors set its sights not only for the domestic market but also overseas markets. Kia identified design as its “core future growth engine,” leading to the 2006 hiring of Peter Schreyer as Chief Design Officer (CDO). It was during the time that Kia’s signature look, the tiger nose grill, was born. Since then, Kia has been developing a design unique to Kia products and a strong brand identity for consumers around the globe.
At Kia Motors, design does not revolve around the car, but instead the people who drive the car. Design is not simply aimed at creating an attractive car, but rather offering features that will make the lives of our customers easier while taking the environment into consideration. In recognition of these efforts, Kia Motors has won various international competitions such as the Red Dot Design Awards and the iF Design Awards for two consecutive years.

Moreover, Kia vehicles were recognized as a “Top Safety Pick” by global experts and reputable media. In this regard, Kia has become known around the world for providing customer satisfaction with its advanced safety features and reliability. Earlier this year, Kia Motors surpassed the 10 million cumulative export mark and is increasingly being recognized as a brand loved by customers worldwide.

However, all of this is just the starting point of our transformation. We hope that you will join us in making even bigger and more amazing changes for Kia Motors.


  • JG

    Happy B-Day! Keep up the great work!

  • Mathew_mikey

    i like kia

  • Anonymous

    Great share and great news for Kia! Our audience will love this! i. As a communicator for project Advanced Technology and Design Korea, I shared this with our audience through twitter (www.twitter.com/advancedtechkr) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/advancedtechKOR).  For more Kia and auto related content come visit project’s blog (www.advancedtechnologykorea.com)   when you can. Have a good one!!

  • Carnival

    Happy Birthday Kia!
    We wish you  (and us) in future such so good Kia cars as now.

  • Marvin McKinley

    Marvin McKinley to Kia Motors
    We filled up the new Kia Optima EX  with about 1200 miles on it and left Fort Collins, Colorado up Poudre Canyon to Walden, Colorado at 8000 feet and then over to Laramie, Wyoming and on to Cheyenne, Wyoming and back to Fort Collins. Total trip was 257 miles and we averaged 34.6 miles per gallon. That was impressive for all of the mounain driving and elevation changes. Only thing I noticed was that the ECO system has a tough time in high elevations and climbing. I took it off and the car was like a dream, plus in the DarK Cherry color it got plenty of looks during the drive.  This is what dedication to perfection produces.  Thanks Kia.

  • Anonymous

    Marvin McKinley to Kia Motors
    We filled up the new 2011 Kia Optima EX with about 1200 miles on it and left Fort Collins, Colorado up Poudre Canyon to Walden, Colorado at 8000 feet and then over to Laramie, Wyoming and on to Cheyenne, Wyoming and back to Fort Collins.  We had  a little rain and a little snow but a beautiful drive in the mountains.   Total trip was 257 miles and we averaged 34.6 miles per gallon. That was impressive for all of the mounain driving and elevation changes. The only thing I noticed was that the ECO system has a tough time in high elevations and climbing. I took it off and the car was like a dream.  We had many admiring looks at the Dark Cherry beauty.  This car is the result of dedication to perfection and Kia should be proud of the fact their history has led to this.  Congratulations on your anniverary.

  • KiaFan

    Bravo! Kia is already 67 years old! Congratulations!!
    I’m glad and honoured to share this joyfulness with all Kia fans around the world! I just think this blog paves the success for Kia. Open-mindedness is indeed a key to success!
    It’s really true that Kias are getting more popular nowadays! To cope with the increasing demand for attractive cars with quality features from all over the world, it is advisable that more cost-effective manufacturing facilities are to be built in some labour-intensive countries. For instance, in Hong Kong, a famous Japanese brand recently managed to import some brand-new small cars from Thailand to relieve the shortage of Japanese vehicles due to the earthquake and tsunami. Opportunity knocks but once! It is definitely high time that Kia expanded its market share!!
    In view of the surging oil prices and booming eco-awareness, more attention to fuel consumption and environment has been on the right track. Hybrid and electric models are expected to be the next trend! Keep on and speed up your great work, Kia!!
    Being a loyal Kia fan, hope Kia will surpass another 10 million mark in the near future, probably before Kia’s 70th!

  • jtz

    So when is the Kia Cadenza coming to the US? 

  • Googlegoogle

    Awesome! 

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  • En_mostafa_mahmoud

    i like kia sephia ll model 1999
    it is one of the best of kia cars
    and i love racing with it

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mohd-Yadzli-Amn/100000320643739 Mohd Yadzli Amn

    NICE… My first Kia was OPTIMA 2004. I have been driving my Optima for the past 7 years and in term of satisfaction and durability is excellent. I just bought the New Kia Sportage. My wife and I had fallen in love at first sight when we saw the New Sportage. I am fully confident that the Sportage will surpass my Optima in term of satisfaction, durability and safety. Maybe the resale value is not as high as the Japanese brand, BUT with the affordable price that we paid, I don’t feel any grudges. Would really hope that Kia will ensure the SUPERIOR After Sale SERVICE especially in Malaysia as this is the most critical factor for the Kia survival in this automotive industries. Kudos to KIA ….

  • http://www.facebook.com/izheir Izheir Azam

    Hi guys…I love KIA Forte and I would like to buy MPV soon because my family is getting bigger. I would like to see KIA design new MPV like KIA Forte or KIA Sportage facelift.

  • http://kia-buzz.com KIA BUZZ

    Hi! The next model of the Rondo is under development and will be launched in the near future. At the moment, the specific launch date has not yet been decided.Stay tuned!

  • Denagotbeef

    I have a 2000 Sephia and i absolutely love it. I also race with mine