Kia Used to Manufacture Bikes
Kia is one of the most popular automotive brands in the United States and for good reason. Partnering with Hyundai, Kia has a bolstered reputation for reliability, fuel efficiency, and power that few automakers can match. The brand wasn’t always focused on making vehicles though. In the early years, Kia created simpler machines.
Founded as the Kyungsung Precision Industry, Kia originally manufactured steel pipes and bicycle parts by hand. After gaining a reputation for its quality steel business, the company made the move to manufacturing complete bicycles in 1951. It only took a year for the company to officially change its name to “Kia” amid incredible popularity as a bike manufacturer.
Continuing to innovate and evolve, Kia moved to manufacturing motorcycles shortly after changing its name. Come 1962, the company made a splash in the automotive market with its commercial vehicles. That motorization launched Kia Motors, the company we see today.
While Kia used to manufacturer bikes, it no longer does so today. In modern times, the company focuses on continuing to innovate to make roadways safer and driving an enjoyable experience. The end result is a full line of high-quality vehicles that few automakers can match.
Here at Carriage Kia, we think moving to manufacturing automobiles was the right choice!