When the Kia Corporation was founded under the name “Kyungsung Precision Industry” in 1944 to manufacture steel tubing and bicycle parts, we feel quite confident in saying they never envisioned the Kia of today. But what a journey it’s been!
In 1951 they began producing complete bicycles. By the following year they became Kia … and the fun began. Under the Kia name, they built motorcycles starting in 1957; trucks in 1962; and cars in 1974.
In 1992, Kia was incorporated in the United States. The first Kia-branded vehicles were sold from four dealerships in the Portland, Oregon area in February 1994. At that time, the only Kia offering was the Sephia (pictured above); two years later, the Sportage was added. By 1995, there were more than 100 Kia dealerships in 30 states, with sales of nearly 25,000 automobiles.
Today, Kia offers more than a dozen exciting cars, SUVs and minivans, combined with the industry’s best new-car warranty. Kia of North Grand Rapids is proud to bring these products to you every day.