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This article brought to you courtesy of Dan Schofield of Weston Kia, Gresham Outlook Automotive Services Expert

Dan Schofield

The Kia Company started in 1944 in South Korea, manufacturing steel tubing, bicycle frames and hand made parts. This led to scooters and then motorcycles and finally trucks. In the 1970's Kia was making internal combustion engines and building cars for other companies like Peugeot and Fiat in their Sohari plant.

Ford, which at the time owned Mazda, and Kia began working together in 1986 to produce the Pride and export it to North America.

In 1991 Kia announces it will enter the U.S market, starting in Portland and moving east selling Sephia and Sportage models.

The Asian financial crisis caused Kia to file for bankruptcy in 1997. Hyundai and Ford fought for control of the company with Hyundai coming out on top.

Today Kia is a subsidiary of the Hyundai-Kia Automotive group, is the 5th largest import brand and sells in 172 countries. Kia employs 43,000 people worldwide at 13 plants and produces 1.5 million vehicles annually.

Weston Kia is one of 640 dealerships in the U.S selling 7 different models, from full sized SUVs like the Sorento to subcompacts like the Rio. Kia is working to utilize new engine designs, lighter weights and the development of electric and hybrid vehicles for the future.

At Weston Kia, we are proud to be part of this progressive and fast growing automotive ompany. Stop in today to Weston Kia and see why Kia is one of America's

top selling cars.

WESTON KIA

22555 SE STARK STREET,

PORTLAND, OR 97030

WESTON KIA • GMC • BUICK

503-665-2166

www.buyweston.com

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