70 Years of Progress and Innovation in Chamblee, GA

November 19th, 2021 by

Kia has been a brand that many drivers have come to rely on for high-quality vehicles at affordable prices. But, have you ever stopped to wonder about how Kia came to be the automotive champion that it is today? Take a step back in time and examine the history of Kia with Ed Voyles Kia of Chamblee to see just where it all began. Then, visit our dealership to get behind the wheel of one of our available models today. 

The History of Kia

Kia first began in 1944 by a different name, Kyungsung Precision Industry, and in 1945, its first plant opened in Yeongdeungpo, Seoul. In 1952, Kia released its first bike, the Samchully, and the name of the company was changed to Kia. Over the decades, Kia began to grow and expand, releasing newer models like the T-600, the Brisa pickup, and the diesel Bongo. 


In 1993, the Sportage was not only launched but completed the 1993 Paris-Dakar Rally. Over the next few years, Kia launched familiar models like the Elan and Sedona, and in 1998, Hyundai and Kia merged. The first model to be released after the merger was the fan-favorite Kia Optima, and Kia received the Korea Quality Award in 2001. In 2008, Kia was named Car Company of the Year by Autocar, and Kia asserted itself in the U.S. in 2010 by opening a plant in Georgia. 


Ever since, Kia has continued to surprise and surpass expectations by always creating something newer, better, and bolder than the previous year. Kia’s innovation is what’s made the brand become the legend that it is today. 

The Future of Kia

2022 Kia Sorento

What does the future of Kia look like for drivers? Kia has plenty of familiar faces making a return for the upcoming years, but one of the future models on the roster to soon be released is the Kia EV6. This electric model doesn’t sacrifice performance for efficiency as you’ll be able to hit 0-60 mph in 5.2 seconds, and you’ll have an EPA-estimated drive range of 300 miles. Experience the past, present, and future of Kia when you visit Ed Voyles Kia of Chamblee, GA for a test drive of any of our available models. 

Why Choose Ed Voyles Kia of Chamblee, GA?

How long have we been doing what we do? Our family, serving your family since 1952, has been around long enough to know what customers need when looking for a car that they want. That’s why we’re always offering plenty of specials and deals to help you save on a model that you love. We’re proud servers of the local community, and we can’t wait to help you get behind the wheel of a new Kia that you’ll love for years to come. 

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Experience the Kia Legacy at Ed Voyles Kia of Chamblee, GA

Contact us to experience the thrilling history of Kia innovation by taking a test drive in one of our available models. 

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