Where is Kia Made?


Have you ever wondered, “where is Kia made?” Kia is headquartered in Seoul, but the automaker also has plants in Georgia and Slovakia. While most El Cajon drivers know Kia as the auto manufacturer that produces fun-designed, high-quality, and reliable automobiles, many aren’t aware of the origins of Kia. Read to learn more about Kia history with the team at Kearny Mesa Kia. 

Kia History: What Country is Kia From? 

Kia originated in South Korea and is headquartered in Seoul. More specifically, they’re made in Southwest Seoul in the Yeongdeungpo-gu district. In 1973, Kia opened its first integrated automotive assembly plant and produced automobiles mainly for the Korean market.

Kia History: The Beginnings 

What’s unique about the beginning of Kia is that the brand originally manufactured steel pipes and bicycle parts by hand. Once the company established itself in the steel industry, they began building complete bikes in 1951. A year later, the name “Kia” was born. Kia then began producing motorcycles and in 1962, the company moved to commercial vehicles, becoming the Kia Motors that La Mesa drivers know and love today! 

It wasn’t until about three decades later in 1992 that Kia dealerships started opening in the United States. By 1995, there were 30 dealerships in the nation. Kia has continued to prosper over the years, creating popular vehicles like Soul and Sportage

Where are Kia Vehicles Manufactured Now? 

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

Learn More About Kia with Kearny Mesa Kia

Kia has come a long way from its roots as a bike parts manufacturer to a brand that produces some of the world’s most popular vehicles. You can become a part of Kia history by financing one of the many models in our new vehicle inventory. If you have any questions, contact our dealership near Chula Vista our team will help you find the perfect Kia for your San Diego drives.

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