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  • 2017
    • 9 Sep

      New design and in-car technologies for new Kia Sorento

      Turbocharged engine and crossover-inspired design for all-new Kia Picanto X-Line

      Kia Proceed Concept revealed ahead of Frankfurt world debut

      Kia unveils Proceed Concept at Frankfurt Motor Show alongside new Stonic, Picanto X-Line and Sorento

      Kia Motors Constantly Increases Global Brand Value

    • 8 Aug

      Kia hands over secondary school and healthcare center to local communities in Tanzania and Malawi

      Kia Sportage Wins Autopacific’s 2017 Ideal Vehicle Award

      Kia signs new UEFA Europa League sponsorship deal

    • 7 Jul

      Best-ever value for the price, ‘STONIC’ is now available

      'The New Sorento’ now in the market

      Call for Ball Kids Volunteers for 2018 Australian Open

      Kia Niro, Soul, and Cadenza Named Segment Winners in J.D. Power 2017 Automotive Performance, Execution, and Layout (APEAL) Study

      Kia Optima and Kia Sportage Ranked Top 10 Most Awarded Vehicles of 2017 by Kelley Blue Book

      2017 KIA Forte earns Top Safety Pick Plus rating from Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

    • 6 Jun

      Kia to transport players and officials at FIFA Confederations Cup 2017

      Kona World Premiere of an Urban SUV for Active Lifestyles

      Kia opens community auto mechanic training center in Ethiopia

      Kia Stonic, an eye-catching and confident compact crossover

      Kia Tops J.D. Power’s Initial Quality Nameplate Ranking for Second Straight Year

      Design prize for futuristic Kia Telluride concept

    • 5 May

      Participated in New York Motor Show 2017 to present the ‘New Pride’ in the US market for the first time

      Customized recommendation marketing for the customers won the Grand Prize in the Mobile Award Korea

      Participated in 2017 Shanghai Motor Show

      Disclosed the exterior of Beat 360 for the first time

      Hosted the 31 Korea Lady’s Open

    • 4 Apr

      Kia Motors to build manufacturing plant in India

      Kia unveils new Pegas and K2 Cross at the Shanghai International Automobile Industry Exhibition

      2017 Red Dot Awards, triple victory for Kia design

    • 3 Mar

      Kia Motors reveals all-new Stinger, Picanto and two plug-in hybrids in Geneva

      Kia Stinger makes Asian debut at Seoul Motor Show

      Kia Motors posts global sales of 238,222 vehicles in March

    • 2 Feb

      Triple triumph for Kia at iF Design Awards 2017

      All-new Kia Picanto city car majors on quality, technology and versatility

      Kia Motors reports global sales of 190,002 vehicles in January

    • 1 Jan

      ALL NEW morning Launched

      Participated in 2017 North American International Auto Show

  • 2016
    • 12 Dec

      Kia to unveil all-new Picanto

      2017 Kia Niro Sets Guinness World Records™ Title for Lowest Fuel Consumption By A Hybrid Vehicle

      Kia Telluride Concept and new Cadenza sedan receive design prizes in 2016 GOOD DESIGN

      KIA SOUL EARNS CAR AND DRIVER 10BEST TRUCKS AND SUVs AWARD

    • 11 Nov

      All-new Kia Cadenza Wins Large Sedan of the Year Award from the Hispanic Motor Press Association

      Kia Soul Receives 2017 Consumer Guide Automotive Best Buy Award

      2017 Kia Sportage Wins Kelley Blue Book's KBB.com Best Buy Award for Small SUV/Crossover

      2017 Kia Soul Turbo Makes North American Debut at Los Angeles Auto Show

      Kia Brings Four Hand-Built Concepts to SEMA to Give a Glimpse into the Future of 'The Autonomous Life'

    • 10 Oct

      Kia Soul and Cadenza Named Active Lifestyle Vehicle of the Year Award Winners

      Kia Motors America and B.R.A.K.E.S. Kick Off National Teen Driver Safety Week

      Kia Motors Rises to 69th in Interbrand’s 2016 Best Global Brands Report

      2017 Kia Sedona Earns 2016 Top Safety Pick+ From the IIHS

    • 9 Sep

      Kia at the 2016 Paris Motor Show

      Kia Unveils its Biggest European Dealership – in London

      Kia Officially Opens Mexico Production Facility

    • 8 Aug

      Kia Expands Green Space Around Production Sites

      Mobile App for Optima – Awarded at Red Dot Design

    • 7 Jul

      Kia Optima And Sedona Earn Autopacific's 2016 Ideal Vehicle Awards

      Kia reduces environmental impact of vehicle production

      Kia Motors returns as Official Sponsor of Telemundo's web series "El Maestro" Featuring Latin Grammy Winner Luis Enrique

      2017 Kia Sorento Achieves Top Safety Pick Plus Rating From The Insurance Institute For Highway Safety

      Kia Motors Mexico celebrates first year anniversary and announces hybrid model for local market

    • 6 Jun

      Kia Motors Ranked Number One in the Auto Industry for Initial Quality by J.D. Power

      Kia Motors recognized as one of the highest quality brands in the US auto industry by Strategic Vision

      Kia brings fans closer to UEFA EURO 2016™ with five-a-side tournament and new social media campaign

      Kia Motors ranks highest among all popular brands in 2016 AutoPacific Vehicle Satisfaction Awards

      Kia Optima And Soul Named Among The Best Family Cars Of 2016 By Parents Magazine And Edmunds.com

    • 5 May

      Kia Motors backs creation of community auto mechanic training centers in Ethiopia and Kenya

      Kia hands over vehicle fleet for UEFA EURO 2016

    • 4 Apr

      Kia Motors and Total renew partnership

      2017 Kia Sportage Receives Top Safety Pick Plus Rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

      Kia Motors returns to Mom 2.0 Summit for second straight year

    • 3 Mar

      Kia Motors reveals three new models for Europe at the 2016 Geneva International Motor Show

      Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™ for latest Kia models

      All-new 2017 Kia Cadenza takes the stage at the New York International Auto Show

      Kia Motors produces two millionth vehicle in the U.S.

    • 2 Feb

      The NEW Mohave Launched

      Kia Motors America Announces Pricing For The All New 2017 Sportage

      Kia Optima Sportswagon world debut

      Kia to Unveil Optima Plug-in Hybrid, The Next Step in its 'green' Car Revolution

      All new Kia Optima Hybrid unveiled at 2016 Chicago Auto Show

      All new 2017 Niro Hybrid Utility Vehicle arrives in the Windy City for global debut at Chicago Auto Show

    • 1 Jan

      ALL NEW K7 Launched

      Participated in 2016 Consumer Electronics Show(CES)

      Participated in 2016 North American International Auto Show

      Official Support for 2016 Australian Open

      Coveted Design Awards for All-New Kia Sportage and Optima

  • 2015
    • 12 Dec

      Five-star safety ratings for all-new Kia Optima and Sportage

      Kia takes first place in Auto Bild magazine’s Quality Report

      Kia Motors granted Nevada autonomous driving license

      Three brands (Sorento and K5, etc) – Received 2015 Good Design Award

      2nd Release of X-Car Series – Mystique

      Official Website of Kia Motors Corporation – Received 2015 Web Award Korea Grand Prize

      The New K3 Launched

      K5 Hybrid Launched

    • 11 Nov

      Kia Sorento wins coveted Public Car of the Year title at Middle East Car of the Year Awards

      Kia celebrates the spirit of the American road trip at 2015 SEMA Show

      Kia Motors previews next-generation Cadenza

      2016 Kia Optima earns Kelley Blue Book’s kbb.com Best Buy Award

    • 10 Oct

      Kia Announces Fifth Consecutive Monthly Sales Record

      Kia Motors continues Sorento marketing campaign with expanded ‘NBC Sunday Night Football’ partnership

      Kia Motors America Expands Soul EV Availability to Four Additional States

      Kia Motors America Announces Pricing Of All-New 2016 Optima

      Kia Soul Wins Active Lifestyle Vehicle of the Year Award

    • 9 Sep

      Russian Branch - Hit accumulated sales records of 1 million units

      Super Racer Enzy, a racing animation, premiered at cinemas nationwide

      Released Sportage, The SUV

      Joined 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show

      Sportage ranked 4th for Frankfurt Motor Show’s Best Cars

      Kia unveils all-new Sportage and Optima at 2015 Frankfurt International Motor Show

      Global debut for all-new Kia Sportage at Frankfurt Motor Show (with video)

      Kia launches stylish new ‘Rhythm in Basic’ brand collection

    • 8 Aug

      Launched 2016 Sorento

      Launched morning sports

      Mobile Web for All New Sorento & Soul EV – Awarded at Red Dot Design

      Official Sponsor of the 20th PIFF Pusan International Film Festival

      Kia Cadenza earns AutoPacific’s 2015 Ideal Vehicle Award in Large Car category

    • 7 Jul

      Launched New K5

      Kia K900 (Quoris) sets record-high score in AutoPacific Vehicle Satisfaction Awards

      2015 Kia Sedona (Grand Carnival) receives J.D. Power APEAL award

      Kia Motors posts global sales of 230,227 vehicles in July

    • 6 Jun

      Transfer Fund 'k7 doneisyeon'

      RV Camping Zone operations inside the exhibition

      Kia Motors vehicle exports from Korea to surpass 15 million units in June

      Kia Motors earns best-ever ranking in 2015 J.D. Power Initial Quality Study

      Kia Motors holds official brand launch ceremony in Mexico

    • 5 May

      Hosted Brand experience event 'Surprise Weekend'

      Hosted Korea Ladies Professional Glof Association 29th

      Hosted KIAREDMEMBERS 'Palpitating Driving class'

    • 4 Apr

      Launched The new 2015 Sportage.

      All-new 2016 Optima makes debut at the SEOUL MOTOR SHOW 2015

      2016 Sedona(Grand Carnival) receives NHTSA 5 Star rating

      Sedona(Grand Carnival) named to Ward’s 10 Best Interiors list

      All-new Optima(K5) makes debut and launched the new Quoris(K9) at the Shanghai International Automobile Industry Exhibition 2015

      2016 all-new Sorento CUV receives NHTSA 5 Star rating

    • 3 Mar

      'Morning' small car brand power No.1 in the Korea Brand Power Index, KMAC

      Second consecutive sponsorship of Copa America Chile 2015

      Became the official sponsor of the KBO league in automotive sector

      Launched '2016 all-new Sedona'

      Soul EV and all-new Sorento, Double win for Kia in the 2015 Red Dot design awards

    • 2 Feb

      Received 2015 iF Award for Sorento.

    • 1 Jan

      Became the official sponsor of the Australia Open Tennis Championships 2015.

      Reported production of over 1 million units of the Kia Soul at the Gwangju Plant.

      Launched The New Morning.

      Launched Kia Red Members, Kia's membership brand.

  • 2014
    • 12 Dec

      Launched the Forte 2015

      Launched The New Rio

      Recertified as a Customer Focused Company

    • 11 Nov

      Launched The New K9.

      Received 2014 Korea Color Award for the all new Sedona and all new Sorento.

      Opened Kia's corporate culture communication website.

      Assisted the 10,000th person in need of transportation.

    • 10 Oct

      Ranked 74th in Interbrand's Best Global Brands rankings.

      Launched a smartphone app for roadside assistance.

      Ran Carnation, an online donation campaign.

      Unveiled the Taste of Kia.

    • 9 Sep

      Ranked 74th in Interbrand's Best Global Brands rankings.

      Launched a smartphone app for roadside assistance.

      Ran Carnation, an online donation campaign.

      Unveiled the Taste of Kia.

    • 8 Aug

      Launched the All New Sorento.

      Opened a middle school in Malawi, Africa.

      Received two awards for its sustainability report for 2014.

      Officially sponsored the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup.

    • 7 Jul

      Received the Vision Award in the U.S. for 2014 MOVE, Kia's sustainability report.

      Ranked highest in APEAL study.

    • 6 Jun

      The All New Sedona is launched.

    • 4 Apr

      The Soul EV is launched.

    • 2 Feb

      The Soul EV becomes the first in the industry to be given Underwriters Laboratory's environmental validation.

  • 2013
    • 12 Dec

      Kia's social contribution website opens.

    • 10 Oct

      The All New Soul with a two tone roof and customized red zone is unveiled.

      Kia Fragrance is launched.

      The All New Soul is launched.

    • 6 Jun

      The face-lifted New Optima is launched.

      Kia Motors is named 37th in Interbrand's list of 50 Best Global Green Brands 2013.

    • 4 Apr

      Kia's accumulated overseas sales exceed 50 million units.

    • 3 Mar

      Four Kia cars receive red dot Design Awards.

  • 2012
    • 10 Oct

      Kia Motors ranks 87th in Interbrand's list of 100 Best Global Brands