History

70 years of progress and innovation

History of Kia

Milestones

2010

March
  • Kia's new midsize sedan Optima is unveiled along with several key new technologies.
  • The Venga receives the red dot Design Award.
  • The Sportage R, a progressive urban CUV, is launched.
February
  • Kia's Georgia Plant opens.

2009

December
  • The Venga, a strategic model for Europe, receives the iF Design Award.
November
  • The sub full-size luxury Cadenza sedan is launched.
October
  • Kia Tigers become champions of the Korea Baseball League.
April
  • The Sorento R, a premium sub full size SUV, is launched.
March
  • The Soul becomes Korea's first car to receive a red dot Design Award.
  • Kia Soul and Kia Borrego make Kelly Blue Book's weekly '5 Great Deals' list at KBB.com in the U.S.

2008

November
  • Kia Motors is named Car Company of the Year by Autocar.
  • Kia receives the Presidential Award for exceptional design management.
September
  • The Soul, a new concept CUV, is launched.
August
  • The Forte, a luxury midsize sedan, is launched.
June
  • Kia Motors America opens its new corporate HQ and design center.
  • The Lotze Innovation is launched.
April
  • The cee'd becomes Korea's first car to receive international environmental validation.
March
  • Car Book recommends Kia cars as Best Bets.
January
  • The premium SUV Borrego is launched.

2007

December
  • Kia's second China Plant opens.
April
  • Kia's Slovakia Plant opens.

2006

November
  • Kia is named the winner of Environmental Management Award.
October
  • Construction commences at Kia's Georgia Plant.
September
  • The cee'd, Kia's strategic model for Europe, is unveiled at Paris Motor Show.
  • Design-led management is declared.
June
  • The Rio takes first place in J.D. Power's quality ranking in the sub-compact category.
January
  • The New Sedona is launched.

2005

July
  • The Grand Sedona is launched.
April
  • The New Rio is launched.
March
  • Kia's cumulative exports exceed 5 million units.

2004

December
  • The Sportage receives the Korea Color Design Award.
November
  • Kia receives the 7 Billion Export Tower Award.
October
  • The Hwaseong Plant becomes the first local plant producing passenger cars to receive OHSMS certification.
August
  • Kia ranks first in the Korea Service Quality Index.
  • The New Sportage is launched.
May
  • Kia signs investment agreement for its second plant in China.
April
  • Construction on Kia's Slovakia Plant commences.

2003

December
  • Annual exports of assembled cars exceed 500,000 units.
November
  • The Cerato is launched.
June
  • An initiative to pursue environment-friendly operations globally is declared.
May
  • Kia's globally competitive automotive R&D institute (Namyang R&D Center) opens.
March
  • Cumulative U.S. sales exceed 1 million units.
  • The full size Amanti sedan is launched.

2002

April
  • Total Cumulative production exceeds 10 million units.
March
  • The Sorento is launched.

2001

November
  • Kia receives the Korea Quality Award.
August
  • Kia Tigers professional baseball team is founded.
May
  • The Sedona sets foot in the U.S. market for the first time.

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