Looking for quality Kia service and Kia repair in Monrovia or Covina, contact us at Ward Service. Our technicians are certified to perform Kia repair and Kia service on all Kia vehicles, including the Kia Sephia and Kia Sportage, just to name a few…especially since we enjoy knowing the history of Kia.
According to Kia Motors, the name “Kia” derives from the Sino-Korean words ki (“to come out”) and a (which stands for Asia), it is roughly translated as “arise or come up out of Asia” or “rising out of Asia”.
South Korea’s oldest car company, Kia was founded on June 9, 1944 as a manufacturer of steel tubing and bicycle parts by hand — and has operated as one of the country’s conglomerates since. In 1952, Kia changed its name from Kyungsung Precision Industry, and later built motorcycles (starting in 1957), trucks (1962) and cars (1974). The company opened its first integrated automotive assembly plant in 1973, the Sohari Plant. Starting in 1986, in partnership with Ford, Kia produced several Mazda derived vehicles for both domestic sales in South Korea into other countries. These models include the Pride (based on the Mazda 121) and Avella, which were sold in North America and Australasia as the Ford Festiva and Ford Aspire.
In 1992, Kia Motors America was incorporated in the United States. However, Kia’s bankruptcy in 1997, part of the Asian financial crisis, resulted in 51% of the company being acquired in 1998 by South Korean rival Hyundai Motor Company. Subsequently, however, Hyundai has divested some of its ownership of Kia Motors, and currently Hyundai Motor Company owns less than 40% of the company. Today, Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia opened in 2010, and Kia continues to grow its market share in the United States…and Ward Service can attest to this since we’re seeing Kias driven everywhere around Covina and Monrovia.
Conveniently located off the 210 and near Covina, Ward Service is located at 130 Railroad Avenue, Monrovia, CA 91016. Our phone number is (626) 357-8080, so call Ward Service today, or contact us for an appointment. Need shuttle service while you wait? We can pick you up and drop you off around the cities of Covina and Monrovia at no extra charge while we complete your Kia repair and Kia service.