|Kia headquarters||Seoul, South Korea|
|Owner||Hyundai Motor Group (33.88%)|
|Slogan||The Power to Surprise|
|Kia official website||www.kia.com|
Who makes Kia?
The company manufacturing cars under the Kia brand is called Kia Motor Corporation. Based in Seoul, South Korean capital, it is the second-largest car maker within the country (Hyundai being the first). Kia’s annual sales volume exceeds 3.2 million vehicles. The company was established in 1944.
Kia has a strategic partnership with Hyundai. Both the companies own minority shares in each other: Hyundai holds a 33% share in Kia, while Kia owns 5%-45% shares in twenty Hyundai subsidiaries. Together the companies form Hyundai Motor Group, which is one of the world’s largest car manufacturers. One of the Group’s best years was 2012, when it occupied the fifth line in the list of the world’s largest carmakers.
Kia Sorento was the very first car manufactured at the KMMG (Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia) plant. Production started in 2009. Today the factory makes the third generation Sorento, as well as the fourth generation Optima. Kia Sorento is also constructed at Hwaseong Plant in South Korea. Kia Soul is made at the Gwangju Plant in South Korea, along with the Carens/Rondo and the Sportage.
Where is Kia made?
Taking into consideration that Kia Motors Corporation is based in Seoul, many people believe that it makes its cars in South Korea. In fact, this is not exactly true. The company has several manufacturing facilities around the world, and there’s every possibility that the car you’ll purchase was assembled outside the Korean peninsula.
Most of the Kia manufacturing plants are situated in South Korea. There are also a couple of them in China. Yet, the company has a lot of customers in the US, so it built an assembly plant here. Situated in West Point, Georgia, this plant started to work in 2006. There is also a plant in Europe. Kia’s only European factory is located in Zilina, Slovakia.