The Kia Motor company was founded in June of 1944, but did not start off as an automotive business. The company started off as a bicycle and steel tubing company in Seoul, South Korea. A few years later, the company began producing motorcycles in 1957, in 1962 they started with trucks, and in 1974 cars were introduced. In 1973, the Sohari Plant opened which was the first automotive assembly plant for Kia. Although a few years later, the military dictator made Kia give up passenger cars and only focus on trucks.
At In 1986, Kia created a partnership with Ford. Kia produced Mazda-derived vehicles for South Korea and in America the cars were sold under the name Ford Festiva and Ford Aspire. Years later in 1992, Kia Motors America was incorporated in the United States and cars were sold in Portland, Oregon. Four dealerships sold these models in 1994. One year later, there were 100 Kia dealerships in 30 states.
Kia hit a financial crisis and in 1997 declared bankruptcy. At this time, Hyundai Motor Company acquired 51% of the company. Kia did not back down though after this set back, in 2006 Kia Motors introduced their Manufacturing plant in West Point, Georgia which opened in 2010. Kia showed 15 consecutive years of increased U.S. market share right before the plant opened. Kia is continuously increasing their sales with newer cars and greater technology such as the Kia Soul. We have all the best stock of Kia models here at Cumberland Kia, stop by today to find what model suits you!