Used Kia Information
Kia Motors Corporation was founded in 1957 whose name derives from the Sino-Korean words ki and a, which translates to "rising out of Asia." As the oldest car company in South Korea, Kia moved from bicycle manufacture in the 1940s to automobiles in the 1950s. Its first motorcycles rolled off the line in 1957, trucks in 1962 and cars in 1974. In the 1980s, Kia joined with Ford to build vehicles from the Ford-Mazda partnership for sale in Korea and other countries. The company entered the United States in 1994 with the Sephia followed by the Sportage.
Vehicles from Kia gained a reputation for being high value for the money spent to purchase and the company soon enjoyed a brisk sales growth in North America. It's new style, emphasizing a more graceful look for Kia's vehicles, is thanks to the hiring of Peter Schreyer in 2006 followed by the building of a manufacturing plant in Georgia for U.S. manufacture.
Kia is a complete automaker, offering vehicles in every passenger segment from compacts to crossovers. Popular models include the Optima, Forte, Cadenza, Sportage, Soul, and Sorento.
Sedans and hatchbacks from Kia include the Optima, Forte and Cadenza which are brisk used car market sellers thanks to their reputation for efficiency, reliability, and value. The Optima and Forte have moved from being their segment's "entry level" choices to becoming a more premium choice despite not growing in price point versus the competition.
Crossovers are one of Kia's best-selling vehicle types and the small Sportage and stylish Sorento are favorite choices with a long history of value and versatility. These are some of the best-selling vehicles in their segments and are often found on used dealer lots and in the back of newspapers where they're usually considered a good value for the used buyer.
Finally, the younger buyer has embraced the Soul as a favorite. This MPV, or people-mover, is a low-cost, yet value-oriented option that sells well both new and used.