Where is Kia Made?

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Have you ever wondered “Where is Kia made?” Columbus drivers know Kia as an auto manufacturer that consistently makes sleek, high-quality, and affordable vehicles, but do not know about Kia’s rich history. Read the guide below to learn what country Kia is from and its storied history with Celebration Kia Dublin!

What Country is Kia From?

The auto company had its humble origins in South Korea and is headquartered in Seoul. Kia is made in the Yeongdeungpo-gu district, which is located in southwest Seoul. In 1973, Kia opened its first integrated automotive assembly plant and created automobiles largely for the Korean market.

Where is Kia From?: Backstory

Did you know that Kia’s start wasn’t actually in the auto industry? The brand first began by manufacturing steel pipes and bicycle parts by hand. Once the company established substantial leverage in the steel industry, they began manufacturing complete bikes in 1951. A year later, the name “Kia” was born. Kia then began to produce motorcycles as well, and later moved to commercial vehicles in 1962. That was the beginning of the Kia Motors we know and love today!

It wasn’t until 1994 that Kia dealerships began to open in the United States. By 1995, there were 30 Kia dealerships stateside. Kia only continued to grow over time, and began producing popular cars that you know and love like the Soul and the Sportage!

Where are Kia Vehicles Made Now? 

In 1994, Kia was introduced to the North American market, and ever since then, the company has been spreading throughout the North American and European markets. Today, in addition to its headquarters in Seoul, Kia has an assembly plant in the cities of West Point, Georgia and Zilina, Slovakia

Become a Part of Kia History at Celebration Kia Dublin

From the company’s early beginnings producing bikes and motorcycles to now being one of the world’s largest modern automakers, Kia’s history is remarkable. When you finance new Kia vehicles, you become a part of Kia’s history and can experience that with every commute. Contact us to schedule a test drive today or visit our dealership near Hilliard and Worthington!

 

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