KIA Motors Corporation (www.kiamotors.com) - a maker of quality vehicles for the young-at-heart- was founded in 1944 and is Korea's oldest manufacturer of motor vehicles. Over 2,7 million KIA vehicles are produced a year in 10 manufacturing and assembly operations in five countries which are then sold and serviced through a network of distributors and dealers covering around 150 countries. Kia today has around 48,000 employees worldwide and annual revenues of over US$43 billion. It is the major sponsor of the Australian Open and an official automotive partner of FIFA the governing body of the FIFA World Cup. Driving cars is all about travelling and the KIA Motors journey has been an extraordinary one. KIA Motors is South Korea’s oldest car manufacturer and today the second largest automobile manufacturer in Asia, as well as being a major international manufacturer of motor vehicles around the world.
The name KIA is derived from the Sino-Korean words “ki”, to come out and “a”, which stands for Asia, jointly expressing “rising out of Asia”, a motoring name well recognised throughout Asia, America, Europe and Southern Africa. As part of the Hyundai-KIA Automotive Group, KIA Motors strives to become one of the world’s best and largest vehicle manufacturers, driving spirited competition in the motoring arena.
KIA Motors expanse reaches across ten (10) countries, which house fifteen (15) KIA vehicle manufacturing plants, with over forty eight thousand (48 000) employees contributing to the assembly, manufacturing, sales and marketing of KIA vehicle models. China's third plant included as pilot production has also begun. Each of these motoring houses are responsible for the sale of 2.1 million KIA vehicles per annum throughout one hundred and seventy two (172) countries worldwide, each guaranteeing the KIA quality responsible for the fuelled growth that this automotive brand has encountered. KIA Automobile Manufacturers are further steered by six (6) Research and Development centres based in Germany, Japan and the USA ensuring that style, design and leading automotive technologies are incorporated into the assembly of our vehicle models. Coupled with automotive technological advancements the KIA Motors global design operation is now under design directorship of Peter Schreyer. Schreyer joins KIA Motors after having achieved respect and groundbreaking success with his hand in the design of the original Audi TT, VW Beetle, VW Golf V, Audi A4 and Audi A6. Peter Schreyer has also had a weighted influence in the design of the Audi R8, Lamborghini Murcielago and Lamborghini Gallardo and notably offering much anticipation to the production of upcoming KIA vehicle designs and styling. Schreyer is now the mastermind behind the KIA brands design line up and vehicle style activities at the Namyang Design Centre in Korea as well as other KIA design centres in LA, Frankfurt and Tokyo.
KIA South Africa offers confidence and assurance to South African customers, by presenting unsurpassed vehicle warranties on KIA models that the South African motorists have not ever received before. The 2010 JD Powers Owner Loyalty Survey shows that KIA has the biggest increase in owner loyalty, improving 21% points to 58% in 2010. KIA is currently ranked 7th internationally on the JD Powers 2010 Customer Retention Study.
The ambitions of KIA Motors are sizable but within reach of achieving. Along with our sister company, Hyundai, KIA Motors is reported as being the fifth (5th) largest car manufacturer in the world, leading vehicle innovation and motoring satisfaction onto international showroom floors.
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