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History of Kia

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2017

September
  • 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
August
  • 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
July
  • 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
June
  • 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
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
April
  • 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
March
  • 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
February
  • 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
January
  • ALL NEW morning Launched
  • Participated in 2017 North American International Auto Show

2016

December
  • 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
November
  • 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'
October
  • 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
September
  • Kia at the 2016 Paris Motor Show
  • Kia Unveils its Biggest European Dealership – in London
  • Kia Officially Opens Mexico Production Facility
August
  • Kia Expands Green Space Around Production Sites
  • Mobile App for Optima – Awarded at Red Dot Design
July
  • 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
June
  • 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
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

December
  • Kia's social contribution website opens.
October
  • 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.
June
  • The face-lifted New Optima is launched.
  • Kia Motors is named 37th in Interbrand's list of 50 Best Global Green Brands 2013.
April
  • Kia's accumulated overseas sales exceed 50 million units.
March
  • Four Kia cars receive red dot Design Awards.

2012

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

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