History

70 years of progress and innovation

History of Kia

Milestones

2000

July
  • The Optima is launched.

1998

December
  • Hyundai and Kia merged.
January
  • The Sedona is launched.

1996

July
  • The Elan, Korea's first authentic sport car, is launched.

1993

November
  • The Sportage completes the 1993 Paris-Dakar Rally.
July
  • The Sportage is launched.

1992

September
  • The Sephia, Kia's first independently developed passenger car, starts production.

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