Kia Motors is a South Korean multinational automotive manufacturer headquartered in Seoul. The company was founded in 1944 as Kyungsung Precision Industry, a manufacturer of steel tubing and bicycle parts. In 1952, the company changed its name to Kia Industries and began producing motorcycles. In the 1960s, Kia began producing cars, starting with the Kia Brisa, a small, rear-wheel-drive car.

In the 1970s and 1980s, Kia expanded its product line to include trucks and buses, and by the 1990s, the company had established itself as a major player in the global automotive market. In 1992, Kia Motors America was established in the United States, and the company began exporting cars to the American market.

In the 2000s, Kia continued to expand its operations, establishing manufacturing plants in a number of countries around the world. The company also introduced a number of new models, including the Kia Optima and Kia Soul. In addition, Kia established partnerships with a number of other major automakers, including Ford, Toyota, and Hyundai.

Today, Kia is a major global automotive manufacturer with a presence in countries around the world. The company produces a wide range of vehicles, including cars, SUVs, vans, and trucks, and is known for its focus on quality, value, and innovation.