Kia Trivia Questions and Answers

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1: What year was Kia Corporation founded?
A: 1944
B: 1951
C: 1960
D: 1973
Correct Answer: A
Explanation: Kia Corporation was founded on June 9, 1944, originally as Kyungsung Precision Industry.

2: In what city is Kia’s global headquarters located?
A: Tokyo
B: Seoul
C: Beijing
D: Taipei
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: Kia Corporation’s global headquarters is located in Seoul, South Korea.

3: Which company holds a 33.88% stake in Kia Corporation?
A: Ford Motor Company
B: General Motors
C: Hyundai Motor Company
D: Toyota
Correct Answer: C
Explanation: Hyundai Motor Company holds a 33.88% stake in Kia Corporation.

4: What was Kia’s original name when it was founded in 1944?
A: Seoul Automobiles
B: Kyungsung Precision Industry
C: Korean Heavy Industries
D: Hyundai Precision Industry
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: When founded in 1944, Kia was originally named Kyungsung Precision Industry.

5: What does the name “Kia” translate to from its Sino-Korean characters?
A: New Beginnings
B: Arise
C: Prosperity
D: Rising from Asia
Correct Answer: D
Explanation: The name “Kia” derives from the Sino-Korean characters 起 (ki, “to arise”) and 亞 (a, “Asia”), translating roughly to “Rising from (East) Asia”.

6: What type of vehicles did Kia initially manufacture in its early years?
A: Airplanes
B: Steel tubing and bicycle parts
C: Heavy machinery
D: Sports cars
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: In its early years, Kia manufactured steel tubing and bicycle parts.

7: What was the first domestic bicycle produced by Kia in 1951 called?
A: Brisa
B: Samchuly
C: Pride
D: Sephia
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: The first domestic bicycle produced by Kia in 1951 was called the Samchuly.

8: When did Kia Motors America get established in the United States?
A: 1985
B: 1992
C: 2000
D: 1974
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: Kia Motors America was established in the United States in 1992.

9: In which Asian financial crisis did Kia declare bankruptcy?
A: 1987
B: 1997
C: 2008
D: 1979
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: Kia declared bankruptcy during the Asian financial crisis in 1997.

10: What did Kia Motors initially focus on after being forced to give up passenger cars in 1981?
A: Heavy-duty trucks
B: Light trucks
C: Farm vehicles
D: Military vehicles
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: After 1981, Kia focused on producing light trucks.

11: In what year did Kia introduce its new logo, featuring an angular “KIA” wordmark?
A: 2015
B: 2018
C: 2021
D: 2005
Correct Answer: C
Explanation: Kia started using an angular “KIA” wordmark logo in early 2021.

12: What is the name of Kia’s new corporate grille design introduced by Peter Schreyer?
A: Dragon Mouth
B: Eagle Eye
C: Tiger Nose
D: Shark Fin
Correct Answer: C
Explanation: Kia’s new corporate grille design introduced by Peter Schreyer is called the “Tiger Nose.”

13: Which Kia vehicle received J.D. Power’s inaugural Engineering Award for Highest Rated All-New Vehicle?
A: Forte
B: Stinger
C: Sorento
D: Seltos
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: The Kia Stinger performance sedan received J.D. Power’s inaugural Engineering Award for Highest Rated All-New Vehicle.

14: What is the primary focus of Kia’s design as identified since 2005?
A: Cost efficiency
B: Environmental sustainability
C: Technological integration
D: Design
Correct Answer: D
Explanation: Since 2005, Kia has focused on design as its “core future growth engine.”

15: In which European city did Kia open its first own plant in 2006?
A: Hamburg
B: Frankfurt
C: Bremen
D: Žilina
Correct Answer: D
Explanation: Kia opened its first own plant in Europe in Žilina, Slovakia, in 2006.

16: Where is Kia’s North American manufacturing plant located?
A: Torrance, California
B: West Point, Georgia
C: Dallas, Texas
D: Portland, Oregon
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: Kia’s North American manufacturing plant is located in West Point, Georgia.

17: Who is the Chief Design Officer of Kia as of 2023?
A: Karim Habib
B: Peter Schreyer
C: Tom Kearns
D: Yun-Kyu Chung
Correct Answer: A
Explanation: As of 2023, Karim Habib is the Chief Design Officer of Kia Corporation.

18: Which Kia model was launched as a ‘Made for India’ SUV in 2019?
A: Seltos
B: Rio
C: Sportage
D: K900
Correct Answer: A
Explanation: The ‘Made for India’ SUV launched by Kia in 2019 is the Kia Seltos.

19: What was the total production capacity of Kia’s manufacturing plant in Anantpur district, Andhra Pradesh?
A: 100,000 units
B: 200,000 units
C: 300,000 units
D: 400,000 units
Correct Answer: C
Explanation: The production capacity of Kia’s manufacturing plant in Anantpur district, Andhra Pradesh is 300,000 units annually.

20: Which concept vehicle showcased the “Tiger Nose” grille at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2007?
A: Forte
B: Optima
C: Kee
D: Sorento
Correct Answer: C
Explanation: The “Tiger Nose” grille was showcased on the Kia Kee concept vehicle at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2007.

21: From which languages do the characters for the name “Kia” originate?
A: Japanese
B: Chinese
C: Korean
D: Vietnamese
Correct Answer: C
Explanation: The characters for the name “Kia” originate from Sino-Korean.

22: Which vehicle was the first to have the “Tiger Nose” grille?
A: Rio
B: Sportage
C: Optima
D: Soul
Correct Answer: C
Explanation: The first vehicle to feature the “Tiger Nose” grille was the Kia Optima.

23: What year did Hyundai Motor Company acquire a significant share in Kia, during the latter’s bankruptcy phase?
A: 1986
B: 1992
C: 1998
D: 2001
Correct Answer: C
Explanation: Hyundai Motor Company acquired a significant share in Kia in 1998 during Kia’s bankruptcy phase.

24: What is the total number of vehicles that Kia North America produced as of September 2019?
A: 1 million
B: 2 million
C: 3 million
D: 4 million
Correct Answer: C
Explanation: As of September 2019, Kia North America had successfully built over 3 million units of various models.

25: What was the provincial location of Kia’s first American plant?
A: Iowa
B: California
C: Georgia
D: Texas
Correct Answer: C
Explanation: The provincial location of Kia’s first American plant is in Georgia.

26: What major sports association does Kia sponsor?
A: MLB
B: NHL
C: FIA
D: NBA
Correct Answer: D
Explanation: Kia sponsors the National Basketball Association (NBA).

27: What year was Kia forced to reduce its fuel economy claims in the United States due to overstatement?
A: 2010
B: 2012
C: 2014
D: 2016
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: Kia was forced to reduce its fuel economy claims in the United States in 2012 due to overstated efficiency figures.

28: What does Kia stand for according to its etymology?
A: Strength of Asia
B: Eastern Growth
C: Rising from Asia
D: Innovation from Asia
Correct Answer: C
Explanation: Kia stands for “Rising from Asia” according to its etymology.

29: To which continent has Kia been heavily exporting since its re-industrialization in 1986?
A: Asia
B: North America
C: Europe
D: Australia
Correct Answer: C
Explanation: Since re-industrialization in 1986, Kia has focused heavily on exporting to Europe.

30: In what year did Kia Motors Canada get formed?
A: 1995
B: 1997
C: 1999
D: 2001
Correct Answer: C
Explanation: Kia Motors Canada was formed in 1999.

31: What major role did N. Chandrababu Naidu play regarding Kia in India?
A: Introduced the Tiger Nose design
B: Launched Kia’s first vehicle in India
C: Signed an MOU for a large FDI
D: Became Kia’s CEO
Correct Answer: C
Explanation: N. Chandrababu Naidu is lauded for signing an MOU for one of Kia’s biggest FDIs in India.

32: Which facility produces most of Kia’s engines?
A: Teplička nad Váhom
B: Seoul
C: Lisbon
D: Anantpur
Correct Answer: A
Explanation: The facility producing most of Kia’s engines is located in Teplička nad Váhom, Slovakia.

33: Who is Kia’s global brand ambassador as of the latest updates in 2023?
A: Blake Griffin
B: Rafael Nadal
C: Tiger Shroff
D: LeBron James
Correct Answer: D
Explanation: As of 2023, LeBron James serves as a global brand ambassador for Kia.

34: What type of vehicle does Kia specialize in producing for the South Korean military?
A: Fighter jets
B: Naval ships
C: Military vehicles
D: Submarines
Correct Answer: C
Explanation: Kia specializes in producing military vehicles for the South Korean military.

35: What is the annual capacity of Kia’s plant in Mexico’s Nuevo León state?
A: 100,000 cars
B: 200,000 cars
C: 300,000 cars
D: 400,000 cars
Correct Answer: C
Explanation: The annual production capacity of Kia’s plant in Mexico’s Nuevo León state is 300,000 cars.

36: Which Kia model has been consistently recognized for initial quality by J.D. Power for five years (2015-2019)?
A: Telluride
B: Forte
C: Optima
D: Sportage
Correct Answer: C
Explanation: The Kia Forte has been consistently recognized for its initial quality by J.D. Power for five years from 2015 to 2019.

37: What year saw the introduction of the Kia Sephia and Sportage 4×4 in the U.S. market?
A: 1990
B: 1993
C: 1996
D: 1999
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: The Kia Sephia and Sportage 4×4 were introduced to the U.S. market in 1993.

38: How many employees did Kia Corporation have as of 2021?
A: 51,975
B: 45,000
C: 67,200
D: 38,500
Correct Answer: A
Explanation: As of 2021, Kia Corporation had 51,975 employees.

39: Who was hired as Kia’s Chief Design Officer in 2006, leading the brand’s design transformation?
A: Tom Kearns
B: Karim Habib
C: Peter Schreyer
D: Jun-Young Choi
Correct Answer: C
Explanation: Kia hired Peter Schreyer as their Chief Design Officer in 2006, who led the brand’s design transformation.

40: What year did Kia enter the MPV market?
A: 2000
B: 1999
C: 2004
D: 1995
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: Kia entered the MPV market in 1999 with the launch of the Sedona.

41: What flagship SUV model launched in 2019 celebrated significant market success?
A: Sorento
B: Telluride
C: Sportage
D: Niro
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: The Kia Telluride, launched in 2019, celebrated significant market success.

42: Who did Kia collaborate with for their 1986 re-entry into the automobile industry?
A: General Motors
B: Volkswagen
C: Ford Motor Company
D: Mitsubishi
Correct Answer: C
Explanation: Kia collaborated with Ford Motor Company for their 1986 re-entry into the automobile industry.

43: Where are the headquarters of Kia America located?
A: New York
B: Atlanta
C: Irvine
D: Miami
Correct Answer: C
Explanation: The headquarters of Kia America are located in Irvine, California.

44: Which Kia model was acknowledged as Business Insider’s Car of the Year Award?
A: Sorento
B: Forte
C: Stinger
D: Optima
Correct Answer: C
Explanation: The Kia Stinger received Business Insider’s Car of the Year Award.

45: What position does Song Ho-sung hold at Kia Corporation as of 2023?
A: Chief Design Officer
B: Chairman
C: President and CEO
D: CFO
Correct Answer: C
Explanation: As of 2023, Song Ho-sung holds the position of President and CEO at Kia Corporation.

46: Which product was Kia forced to stop producing due to the 1981 industry consolidation?
A: Military vehicles
B: Heavy-duty trucks
C: Passenger cars
D: Industrial machinery
Correct Answer: C
Explanation: Due to industry consolidation in 1981, Kia was forced to stop producing passenger cars.

47: What was Kia previously known as before changing its name in 1952?
A: Kia Industries
B: Kyungsung Precision Industry
C: Dongseong Precision Industry
D: Korea Auto Corporation
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: Before changing its name in 1952, Kia was previously known as Kyungsung Precision Industry.

48: Which European country hosts Kia’s regional headquarters?
A: France
B: Germany
C: Italy
D: Spain
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: Kia’s European regional headquarters is located in Germany.

49: What significant feature did Kia introduce in their vehicles starting from the Kee concept vehicle?
A: Self-parking system
B: Advanced infotainment system
C: Tiger Nose grille
D: Hybrid engines
Correct Answer: C
Explanation: Starting from the Kee concept vehicle, Kia introduced the Tiger Nose grille in their vehicles.

50: What vehicle is Kia currently designing for the South Korean Army?
A: KM420
B: KM600
C: KM300
D: KM450
Correct Answer: D
Explanation: Kia is currently designing the KM450 vehicle for the South Korean Army.

51: Which marketing slogan did Kia adopt in 2021?
A: The Power To Surprise
B: Give It Everything
C: Innovation for Tomorrow
D: Movement that inspires
Correct Answer: D
Explanation: In 2021, Kia adopted the marketing slogan “Movement that inspires.”

52: What TikTok viral challenge in 2022 involved Kia vehicles, resulting in increased thefts?
A: Kia Hack
B: Kia Challenge
C: Kia Track
D: Kia Drift
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: The viral TikTok challenge in 2022 involving Kia vehicles, resulting in increased thefts, was called the Kia Challenge.

53: Which electric vehicle model is one of Kia’s best-selling models?
A: Niro
B: Rio
C: Forte
D: Optima
Correct Answer: A
Explanation: The Kia Niro is one of Kia’s best-selling models and is an electric vehicle.

54: Which organization did Kia collaborate with for their controversial plant in Mexico?
A: Mexican Government
B: South Korean Army
C: European Union
D: United Nations
Correct Answer: A
Explanation: Kia collaborated with the Mexican Government for the controversial plant in Nuevo León, Mexico.

55: How many regions does Kia Central & South America Corp. oversee?
A: 5
B: 12
C: 27
D: 43
Correct Answer: D
Explanation: Kia Central & South America Corp. oversees sales and marketing in 43 countries.

56: What year did Kia launch its first vehicle in Europe?
A: 1989
B: 1991
C: 1995
D: 2000
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: Kia launched its first vehicle in Europe in 1991.

57: Which cricket team is sponsored by Kia?
A: Bangladesh National Team
B: England Women’s Cricket Team
C: Australian National Cricket Team
D: Indian Domestic Team
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: Kia sponsors the England Women’s Cricket Team.

58: What is Kia’s slogan prior to 2021?
A: Innovation for Tomorrow
B: The Power To Surprise
C: Drive the Future
D: New Age of Driving
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: Kia’s slogan prior to 2021 was “The Power To Surprise.”

59: What percentage stake did Hyundai initially acquire in Kia during the 1997 financial crisis?
A: 25%
B: 35%
C: 51%
D: 10%
Correct Answer: C
Explanation: Hyundai initially acquired a 51% stake in Kia during the 1997 financial crisis.

60: Which car was Kia’s first integrated automotive assembly plant in 1973 dedicated to producing?
A: Brisa
B: Sephia
C: Rio
D: Sportage
Correct Answer: A
Explanation: Kia’s first integrated automotive assembly plant in 1973 was dedicated to producing the Brisa.

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