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Where is Kia Made?

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The Kia brand has been providing Leland and Carolina Beach customers with quality sedans, crossovers, SUVs, and more for many years, but how much do you know about this popular auto manufacturer? Where is Kia made? Where is Kia from? Get the answers to these questions and more with this feature on the history of the Kia brand from the experts at Coastal Kia.

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What Country is Kia From?

The first thing some drivers may wonder to themselves is, “Where is the Kia brand from?” Well, you may be surprised to find out that the company was established and opened its first integrated automotive assembly plant in Seoul, South Korea in 1973. The company produced vehicles for the Korean market, and neighboring countries caught on quickly. Since, Kia has expanded to 14 manufacturing facilities located in eight countries around the world.

Where are Kia Vehicles Made Now?

After having a very successful opening and production in South Korea and the surrounding Asian market, drivers in the West started to see Kia models hit the States by the 1990s. Several manufacturing plants in the North American market were opened by 1994. Additional Kia plants and research design centers have since opened in the United States, Germany, Japan, Eastern Europe, India, Mexico, China, and Vietnam, while the Kia headquarters remain in Seoul, South Korea.

Available Kia Models

When the Kia brand became available to western drivers, many customers were quickly impressed by Kia’s sleek design, dependable performance, advanced tech features, reliable safety features, and much more. No matter your driving needs, you’ll find compact sedans, roomy SUVs and crossovers, along with plenty of minivan, hatchback, and hybrid options in the Kia lineup. Check out the full list of Kia models for sale:


  • Kia Soul
  • Kia Niro
  • Kia Sportage
  • Kia Sorento
  • Kia Telluride
  • Kia Sedona


  • Kia Rio
  • Kia Forte
  • Kia Optima
  • Kia Stinger
  • Kia Cadenza
  • Kia K900

Hybrids and EV:

  • Kia Niro
  • Kia Optima Hybrid
  • Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid
  • Kia Soul EV
  • Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid
  • Kia Niro EV


  • Kia Rio 5-Door
  • Kia Forte5

Interested in learning more about the exciting Kia lineup? Compare Kia vs. Hyundai to get a better sense of what these models have to offer.

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Find Your Favorite Kia Model for Sale at Coastal Kia

Now that you know the answers to where Kia is from and where they’re made, you can check out other Kia features that highlight the Kia maintenance schedule and Kia SUVs, as well as learn about a good mileage for a used car. Browse our inventory of new, used, and certified pre-owned Kia models for sale at Coastal Kia. Contact us to get the car buying or leasing process with a member of our finance team, or schedule a test drive and a visit to our showroom near Jacksonville and North Myrtle Beach!

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