2016

May

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

Kia hands over vehicle fleet for UEFA EURO 2016

April

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

March

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.

February

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

January

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

December

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

November

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

October

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

September

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

August

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

July

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

June

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

May

Hosted Brand experience event 'Surprise Weekend'

Hosted Korea Ladies Professional Glof Association 29th

Hosted KIAREDMEMBERS 'Palpitating Driving class'

April

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

March

'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

February

Received 2015 iF Award for Sorento.

January

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

December

Launched the Forte 2015

Launched The New Rio

Recertified as a Customer Focused Company

November

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

October

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.

September

Officially sponsored the 2014 Busan International Film Festival.

Ran RE:Design, a global brand campaign.

Hosted an amateur tennis tournament in celebration of Kia Korea Open.

August

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.

July

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

Ranked highest in APEAL study.

June

The All New Sedona is launched.

April

The Soul EV is launched.

February

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

2013

July

Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia reaches one million US built vehicles milestone

Kia sales up 2.6 percent halfway through 2013

June

Kia receives top-ten ranking for Initial Quality in 2013 J.D. Power and Associates study

Kia Motors enters Interbrand’s list of 50 Best Global Green Brands 2013

Kia Motors sponsors the Kia World Extreme Games 2013

May

Kia Motors ensures smooth transportation with fleet for FIFA Confederations Cup 2013

April

Concept car heralds new local brand for Kia's Chinese joint venture operations

March

Kia introduces refreshed Optima at New York International Auto Show

Kia unveils all-new Soul at New York Auto Show

Kia unveils all-new turbocharged Forte (Cerato) Koup at New York Auto Show

Kia CUB springs a surprise at Seoul Motor Show

Wonder Woman-inspired Kia Sportage lassos

DreamWorks Animation’s The Croods Hit the Road in Kia Motors’ Stylishly New Kia Carens

Kia wins four ‘Red Dot Design Award Best of Best’ awards for its compact models

Kia pro_cee’d GT and cee’d GT make world debuts at Geneva

Kia looks to set the streets alight with radical provo concept at Geneva

February

Kia unveils New Cross GT Concept CUV and Superman-Inspired Kia Optima at Chicago Auto Show

Kia Motors America unveils all-new Forte (Cerato) 5-Door at 2013 Chicago Auto Show

January

Kia concept to provoke at Geneva

Kia pro_cee’d GT and cee’d GT set for Geneva reveal

Kia Motors extends major sponsorship of Australian Open through to 2018

2013 Kia Optima named ‘International Car of the Year’

2012

November

Kia doubles up at Australia’s Best Cars awards

October

Kia Motors enters the ranks of the ‘Top 100 Best Global Brands’

September

All new cee’d & GT concept receive exterior and interior design award by ABC

All-new Kia Carens & pro_cee’d is revealed at the 2012 Paris Motor Show

The all-new Kia cee’d receives the maximum 5-Star accident safety rating by EuroNCAP.

August

Kia launches global Green Light Project

July

All-new Cerato revealed (to be called ‘K3’ in South Korea)

June

Kia breaks ground on third China plant

Kia Rio mobile application bestowed “best of the best” distinction by red dot

May

Kia official vehicle handover ceremony

March

Kia Rio and Picanto honored by reddot design award

All-new cee’d revealed

February

Kia’s Flagship sedan “Kia Quoris” ( ‘K9’ in Korean Market) revealed

All-new cee’d five-door hatchback debuts at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show

2011

November

Kia Picanto and Peter Schreyer win Top Gear magazine awards

September

A new concept car Kia GT revealed

July

Kia wins four design awards in Automotive Brand Contest

April

All-new Rio 4-door & 2012 Soul revealed

March

K5 (known as Optima) hybrid revealed

All-new Picanto and all-new Rio revealed

2010

April

Optima launched

March

All-new Sportage launched

February

Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia completed

2009

November

Cadenza launched

July

Forte(Cerato) LPI Hybrid launched

June

Forte(Cerato) Koup launched

May

Opirus (Amanti) Premium launched

April

All-new Sorento launched

2008

November

Kia Motors wins the presidential award for design management

September

Soul launched

August

All-new Cerato (Forte) launched

Kia kicks-off exclusive ERO 2008 activities

June

Kia Motors opens new U.S. corporate headquarters & design center

January

Borrego (Mohave) launched

magentis (Optima)launched

2007

December

Kia Motors opens second production plant in China

September

pro_cee’d Frankfurt motor show debut

April

Grand Opening Ceremony for Kia’s Slovakia plant

unveiling of the Optima Advance

New Sorento launched

March

cee’d Sporty Wagon Geneva motor show debut

January

cee’d lunched (Europe market only)

2006

October

Groundbreaking ceremony for manufacturing plant in Georgia

April

Carens

March

Carnival Limousine

January

Cerato1.6VGT

2005

November

Optima/Magentis launched

July

New Carnival

April

Rio

March

Accumulated exports reached 5 million units

2004

August

Sportage

March

"Kia’s current CI was developed in conjunction with the rollout of its new global brand strategy and its introduction was timed with the release of the New Sportage. Because of the high recognition level of Kia’s prior brandmark, a visual touch-up rather than a full redesign of the corporate identity was chosen. The three dimensional oval adds a young and lively feel while the deeper red expresses a more dynamic, sophisticated image "

Construction of Slovakia Factory began

February

Picanto

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Cerato 5-door

2003

November

Cerato (Spectra)

June

Global environmental management campaign launched

April

Xtreck

March

Opirus

2002

May

Regal

April

Accumulated production breaks the 10 million unit mark

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New Optima

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Sorento

2001

August

Kia Tigers baseball team established

February

Carnival II

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New Rio

2000

July

Optima

May

Spectra

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Sportage finished Paris-Dakar Rally

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Retona Cruiser

1999

November

Rio

June

Carens

April

Visto

Carstar

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Hyundai-Kia Automotive Group formed

1998

January

Carnival

1997

December

Shuma

February

Enterprise

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Retona

1996

July

Elan

1995

October

Pregio

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Credos

1994

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"1994This brandmark was developed to commemorate Kia’s 50-year anniversary and the full-fledged commencement of exports of the independently developed Sephia and Sportage models. The soft and sophisticated oval shape of the brandmark is representative of the earth – or, the global marketplace, thereby visualizing Kia’s global business operations. Inside the brandmark, the word ‘Kia’ appears in English, and he seep red color, which is associated with the sun and passion, conveys Kia’s apparitional, dynamic and uplifting spirit "

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Avella

1993

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Sportage

1992

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Potentia

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Sephia

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Towner Coach

1990

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Rocsta

1989

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Capital

1987

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Capital

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Concord

1986

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"This brandmark design was based on the English corporate name ‘Kia’. The extended arm of the uppercase ‘K’ symbolizes the ‘kia flag’ in three rolling waves, which signify the following: First, Kia is a responsible corporate citizen that contributes to social development based on trust and friendship as well as cooperation and technology. Second, Kia is spearheading the future of the automotive industry though creativity and diligence in research and development. Third, Kia is making a leap into the world marketplace as a global car manufacturer with a bright and prosperous future. "

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Besta

1983

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Seres

1980

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Bongo

1975

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Korea's first automobile export

1974

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Brisa 1.0

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Brisa Pick-Up B-1000

1973

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Production of gasoline engines started

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Sohari Factory completed

1971

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Kia Service Co., Ltd. Established

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Titan E-2000 Truck

1969

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T-600 Truck

1967

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T-2000 Truck

1964

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"This brandmark was created to commemorate Kia’s 20-year anniversary. The gold colored ‘ㄱ’ and ‘ㅇ’of Kia’s Korean name(기아) over a dark background are combined to symbolize a wheel. The ‘ㄱ’is the first character of the Korean word for the machine industry(기), while the ‘ㅇ’ signifies a wheel and is the first character of the second syllable of the Korean corporate name (아). The combined ‘ㄱ’ and ‘ㅇ’ symbolize the front wheel and spoke of an auto tricycle of motocycle."" "

1963

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T-1500 Truck

1962

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K-360 Truck

1957

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The first domestic bicycle produced

1953

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"The first Kia brandmark was designed by overlapping a triangular draft ruler with a gear wheel symbolizing the machine industry and a benzene ring symbolizing the chemical industry. This brandmark was first applied in the mid-1950s to the front head of the ‘3000’ series bicycle. "

1952

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Shihung Factory completed

1944

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Founding of the Company