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  • 70 years of progress and innovation


    70 years of progress and innovation

History of Kia

  • 2016


    Kia at the 2016 Paris Motor Show

    Kia Unveils its Biggest European Dealership – in London

    Kia Officially Opens Mexico Production Facility


    Kia Expands Green Space Around Production Sites

    Mobile App for Optima – Awarded at Red Dot Design


    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


    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


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

    Kia hands over vehicle fleet for UEFA EURO 2016


    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


    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.


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    Hosted Brand experience event 'Surprise Weekend'

    Hosted Korea Ladies Professional Glof Association 29th

    Hosted KIAREDMEMBERS 'Palpitating Driving class'


    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


    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


    Received 2015 iF Award for Sorento.


    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


    Launched the Forte 2015

    Launched The New Rio

    Recertified as a Customer Focused Company


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


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

    Ranked highest in APEAL study.


    The All New Sedona is launched.


    The Soul EV is launched.


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

  • 2013


    Kia's social contribution website opens.


    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.


    The face-lifted New Optima is launched.

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


    Kia's accumulated overseas sales exceed 50 million units.


    Four Kia cars receive red dot Design Awards.

  • 2012


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