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Kia Motors Corp Template:Kse is a South Korean automobile manufacturer.

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History

Kia was founded in 1944, and later produced Mazda models under licence, including the Pride (based on the 121) and Avella, which were sold in North America and Australasia as the Ford Festiva and Ford Aspire. The name "Kia" (起亞) roughly translates as "Rising from Asia" in Chinese characters.

In 1993, it began operating in the United States, which first began sales in California. The dealers in 1994 sold the Sephia, then a few years later the United States sales line expanded with the addition of the Sportage. Kia automobiles are generally considerably less expensive than those of their competitors, and all come with ten-year powertrain warranties to further cater to value-conscious buyers. (Also see Hyundai)

Kia's troubles in 1997 helped to push South Korea into the Asian financial crisis, and it was acquired in 1998 by the Hyundai Motor Company.

Affiliations and subsidiaries

Kia is one of the companies of the Hyundai Motor Group and has two subsidiaries:

Models

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2003 Kia Sedona in the UK

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