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  • Kia to start Smart Service Center in Singapore
  • Launches the ‘K8’
  • Sorento triumphs in ‘Red Dot and iF design award’ competitions
  • Kia and Total extend global partnership to expand collaborations until 2026
  • Starts pilot of last-mile delivery service in Singapore for future PBV business
  • Corporate name changed from ‘Kia Motors’ to ‘Kia’
  • Unveils new logo and global brand slogan
  • All-new Sorento wins ‘Large SUV of the year’ at 2021 What Car? Car Of The Year awards


  • Five-star ‘Euro NCAP’ safety rating for new Kia Sorento
  • K5 and Sorento win ’2020 GOOD DESIGN Awards’
  • Seltos and Telluride earn three top honors in ’2021 Kelley Blue Book Best Buy Awards’
  • Kia sponsors DAMWON Gaming, 2020 League of Legends world champions
  • Sorento wins ‘Golden Steering Wheel’
  • Telluride named to ‘Car and Driver’s 10Best list for 2021’
  • Accelerates development of combat vehicles with new military standard platform
  • Reveals ‘new K5’ and ‘Carnival’ at Auto China 2020
  • Wins Four Prizes at the annual ‘Russian Car of the Year awards’
  • Launches ‘KiaMobility’ to diversify mobility services
  • Launch of ‘The all-new Carnival’
  • Launch of ‘Stinger Meister’
  • Seltos named to ‘Wards 10 Best user experience(UX)’ list
  • Establishes ‘Purple M’ start-up to accelerate EV mobility services
  • Telluride and Stinger named segment winners in ‘J.D. Power Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout(APEAL) award’
  • Ranked No.1 brand in industry in J.D. Power’s 2020 U.S. Initial Quality Study
  • Sorento is named ‘All-Wheel Drive Car of the Year 2020’
  • Telluride is New England Motor Press Association Winter SUV of the Year
  • Kia Motors partners with Google Cloud to develop AI-based Owner’s Manual app
  • Reveals details of the cutting-edge Blind-Spot View Monitor (BVM) technology included with the new Kia Sorento
  • Announced a significant upgrade to the ‘fourth-generation Kia Rio’
  • Kia Soul EV and Telluride win ‘2020 World Car Awards’
  • ‘Kia Promise’ extends vehicle warranties worldwide
  • Launch of ‘The new Kia Sorento’
  • Telluride named a Top pick for families by U.S. News & World Report
  • ‘2020 Red Dot Product Design award’ for Kia XCeed
  • ‘All-new Kia Sorento’ to debut in Geneva
  • Telluride Wins ‘2020 MAMA Family Vehicle of the Year’
  • XCeed and Imagine by Kia concept acclaimed in latest ‘iF Design Awards’
  • Refreshed ‘2020 Kia Cadenza’ debuts at Chicago Auto Show
  • Kia Motors India launches ‘Carnival premium MPV’, unveils ‘Sonet compact SUV concept’
  • Kia Motors announces ‘Plan S’ strategy to spearhead transition to EV, mobility solutions by 2025
  • Kia Telluride wins Triple Crown of ‘prestigious automotive awards’
  • Telluride is ‘2020 ALG Design Innovation winner’
  • Kia Teases Super Bowl Spot For The All-New Seltos SUV
  • Kia wins multiple ‘2020 Best Car for the Money Awards’ from U.S. News & World Report


  • Kia Motors officially opens new India production facility
  • Kia Telluride named finalist for ‘2020 North American Utility Vehicle of the Year Award’
  • Reveals ‘all-new KX3’ at the Guangzhou Motor Show
  • Telluride is ‘Car and Driver 10Best’ for 2019
  • Telluride Earns two top Honors in ‘Kelley Blue Book’s Best Buy Awards’
  • ‘2020 Best SUV Brand’ by U.S. News & World Report
  • XCeed wins prestigious ‘Golden Steering Wheel award’
  • Celebrates decade of manufacturing in Georgia
  • Develops World’s First Machine Learning based Smart Cruise Control (SCC-ML) Technology
  • ‘BEAT360 Delhi’ brand experience center in India
  • Kia Soul named segment winner in ‘J.D. Power 2019 Multimedia Quality and Satisfaction Study’
  • Kia Forte and Cadenza win ‘Autopacific Vehicle Satisfaction Awards’
  • Kia Forte and Soul named ‘Top Pick for Teens by U.S. News & World Report’
  • Kia introduces ‘The All-New Kia Seltos’
  • Kia Motors Ranked Highest Mass Market Brand for Fifth Consecutive Year in ‘J.D. Power U.S. Initial Quality Study’
  • Kia Telluride picks up award at annual Northwest Automotive Press Association’s “Mudfest”
  • Kia reveals ‘China-exclusive K3’ and ‘K3 Plug-in Hybrid’ at Auto Shanghai 2019
  • ‘HabaNiro concept’ heats up Manhattan
  • Niro EV named car of the year by ‘Popular Mechnics’
  • Kia reveals ‘new SUV concepts’ at the 2019 Seoul Motor Show
  • 2019 Red Dot Awards: another triple triumph for Kia design
  • Kia to launch stylish ‘new Ceed crossover’
  • ‘Imagine by Kia’ a new all-electric concept car revealed
  • 2019 Forte named Best small car by ‘MOTORWEEK’
  • 2019 Kia Soul earns 5-year cost to own award by ‘Kelley Blue Book’
  • ‘2020 Kia Sportage’ Debuts at Chicago Auto Show
  • Stinger is Canada’s ‘2019 Car of the Year’, according to the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada
  • All-electric Kia ‘e-Soul’ to make European debut in Geneva
  • Kia launches global CSR program, ‘Green Light Project’ in India
  • Kia enters esports arena as ‘League of Legends European Championship’ sponsor
  • Kia hands over vehicle fleet for ‘Australian Open 2019’
  • Kia looks to post-autonomous driving era at CES 2019
  • Kia Motors teams up with K-Pop phenomenon BLACKPINK


  • Unveil new in-car tech for the future ‘emotive driving’ era at CES 2019
  • 2019 Kia Forte wins ‘Southwest lifestyle vehicle of the year award’
  • Los Angeles debut for ‘new Kia Soul’
  • Revealed the ‘New Kia ProCeed’, ‘Ceed GT’ and ‘ProCeed GT’ at the 2018 Paris Motor Show
  • Hybrid and electric cars push Kia to best-ever European sales performance
  • Kia’s BEAT 360 wins ‘International Design Excellence Award’
  • Kia Motors kicks off ‘UEFA Europa League’ as Official Partner for 2018-21
  • Kia Rio and Stinger named segment winners in ‘J.D. Power 2018 Automotive Performance’, Execution, and Layout (APEAL) Study
  • Kia hands over ‘Green Light Project’ schools to local communities in Malawi and Mozambique
  • Kia previews design of new ProCeed
  • All-electric ‘Kia Niro EV crossover’ on sale in Korea
  • Reveals upgraded ‘Sportage’
  • Kia gears up for 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ with vehicle handover, brings the tournament to more football fans
  • Kia reveals ‘all-electric Niro EV’ at Busan Motor Show
  • ‘Boundless for all’: Kia presents vision for future mobility at ‘CES Asia 2018’
  • 2018 Kia Noiro earns top safety pick plus rating from ’insurance institute for highway safety’
  • Kia Motors is the highest ranked mass market brand in ‘J.D. Power’s Initial Quality Study’ for the fourth consecutive year
  • Kia’s new global ad campaign takes flight with Peter Pan
  • Launch ‘new diesel 48V mild-hybrid powertrain’ in 2018
  • Unveils upgraded ‘Sportage’
  • Kia Motors runs ‘Green Light Volunteer Week’ to celebrate founding anniversary
  • 2018 Kia Soul named to ‘Kelley blue book's 10 coolest cars under $20,000 list’
  • 2018 Red Dot Awards: another triple triumph for Kia design
  • Wireless charging system developed on ‘Kia Soul EV’
  • Reveals ‘YI PAO’ urban SUV and ‘K5 Plug-in Hybrid’ for China at 2018 Beijing Motor Show
  • Geneva debut for ‘new Kia Ceed’, ‘Optima’ and ‘Rio GT Line’
  • Kia previews design of ‘new K900’ ahead of world debut
  • Kia celebrates new ‘UEFA Europa League’ sponsorship agreement
  • Cadenza named best large car for families by ‘U.S. News & world report for second consecutive year’
  • Reveals first glimpse of ‘all-new K900’ luxury sedan
  • Kia opens ‘Green Light Project’ vocational training center in Rwanda
  • ‘2019 Sedona, 2019 K900, 2019 OPTIMA’ makes appearance at ‘New York International Auto Show’
  • Unveils ‘SP Concept’ and showcases 16 global models at ‘AutoExpo 2018’
  • Three trophies for Kia at the ‘2018 iF design Awards’
  • Rio ranks highest among small cars in ‘2019 J.D. power vehicle dependability study’
  • Previews ‘second-generation K900’
  • Reveal ‘all-electric concept car’ at CES 2018
  • Boundless for all: Kia presents vision for future mobility at CES 2018
  • Kia’s ‘Stinger’ and SUVs delivered for Australian Open 2018
  • ‘All-new 2019 Forte’ makes world debut at North American International Auto Show
  • Kia extends ‘Australian Open’ partnership to 2023
  • Kia makes its Indian debut at Auto Expo 2018


  • Kia renovates healthcare center in Uganda
  • Kia Motors Appoints Oleg Son as New Head of Kia Design China
  • New design and in-car technologies for new Kia Sorento
  • Turbocharged engine and crossover-inspired design for all-new Kia Picanto X-Line
  • Unveils ‘Proceed Concept, new Stonic, Picanto X-Line and Sorento’ at Frankfurt Motor Show
  • Kia Motors Constantly Increases Global Brand Value
  • 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
  • ‘STONIC’ is now available
  • ‘The New Sorento’ now in the market
  • 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’
  • Kia to transport players and officials at FIFA Confederations Cup 2017
  • 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
  • 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’
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Launch of ‘All New Morning’ in Korea
  • Participated in ‘2017 North American International Auto Show’


  • 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’
  • Soul earns ‘car and driver 10best trucks and SUVs award’
  • 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'
  • 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’
  • 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 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.
  • Launch of ‘The NEW Mohave’
  • Kia Motors America Announces Pricing For ‘The All New 2017 Sportage’
  • Kia ‘Optima Sportswagon’ world debut
  • Kia to Unveil ‘Optima Plug-in Hybrid’
  • ‘All new 2017 Niro Hybrid Utility Vehicle’ arrives in the Windy City for global debut at Chicago Auto Show
  • Launch of ‘ALL NEW K7’
  • 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


  • 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
  • Launch of ‘The New K3’
  • Launch of ‘K5 Hybrid’
  • 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
  • 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 Golf 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 SUV 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.


  • 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
  • Launch of ‘The Soul EV’
  • ‘The Soul EV’ becomes the first in the industry to be given Underwriters Laboratory's environmental validation


  • Kia's social contribution website opens
  • ‘Kia Fragrance’ is launched
  • ‘The All New Soul’ is launched
  • ‘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’


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

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