Rio: This subcompact model was called both the Pride and Avella (which were rebadged Ford Festivas) up until the year 2000, when replaced by the name Rio. To confuse things, it was also called the New Pride in Korea. They are currently made in Korea, China and Russia.
K3: Also known as the Forte and Cerato (and Shuma in China), it is in the compact car class. It has also gone under the names Spectra, Sephia as well as Shuma.
|The 'valuable' Kia K3|
K5: The mid-sized range has also been known as the Optima, Lotze and Magentis. When based on the Mazda 6 (Capella) the names Credos, Clarus, Concord and Capital were used. Plants that make them are in Korea, China and the US.
Picanto: Kia's city car is known as the Morning in Korea. It is currently related to the Hyundai i10 and previous to that the Atos. It has also used the Visto name, which used up to 2003.
C'eed: This compact car with the weird name is only made in Slovakia for the European market.
K7/9: I've combined two models here. First the K7 or Cadenza is Kia's full sized executive car, which replaced the Amanti/Opirus, before that the Enterprise and Potentia. It was initially modeled on the Mazda Sentia. The K9 sits above the K7 but sales are modest so I included them here.
|The Kia K7 looks classy|
TianLiMa: No, not a typo but a real name. It was a compact car I assume much the same as the K3 above but made especially for the Chinese market.
The only car missing is the Elan, which Kia bought the license from Lotus to make. Sales were from 1996 300, 400, 125 and 70. They have been added to the total figure.
Data source: Thanks to Hyundai Group. (Modified 2.09.14)
From less than 400,000 cars in 1994, Kia has come a long way since then. They sell mainly on value, but the quality is good too.