Owning company: Hyundai
Kia Motors Corporation headquartered in Seoul, is South Korea's second-largest automobile manufacturer, following the Hyundai Motor Company, with sales of over 2.7 million vehicles in 2012 and almost 2.75 million vehicles in 2013.
According to Kia Motors, the name "Kia" derives from the Sino-Korean words ki ("to come out") and a (which stands for Asia), it is roughly translated as "arise or come up out of Asia" or "rising out of Asia". South Korea's oldest car companyKia was founded on June 9, 1944 as a manufacturer of steel tubing and bicycle parts by hand. The company opened its first integrated automotive assembly plant in 1973, the Sohari Plant.
Kia built the small Brisa range of cars until 1981. Kia rejoined the automobile industry in partnership with Ford, producing several Mazda-derived vehicles for both domestic sales in South Korea and for export into other countries.