Kia Motors (Kia) is a South Korean automobile brand established in 1944 as a producer of bicycle parts. The company expanded to bicycles in 1951, motor scooters in 1957 and motorcycles in 1961.
In 1962 Kia started building the K-360, a 3-wheel small two seat pickup truck built under license from Mazda; i.e. a Mazda K360. In 1971 Kia started producing the Titan under license from Mazda; i.e. a Mazda Titan, a 4-wheel mid size cargo truck.
The first Kia's arrived in the US in 1986 as a Ford Festiva, a Mazda 121 built by Kia, in 1993 the second generation model changed the name to Ford Aspire.
Kia started selling cars under its own brand in the US; the Sephia, a compact sedan, in 1994 and the Sportage, a compact SUV, in 1995. Kia started procuding the Sorento from it's manufacturing plant in the US state of Georgia in 2010.