The South Korean car manufacturer, Kia is a second-largest automobile manufacturer, following the Hyundai Motor Company. Here, MusicSnake Magazine put together a list of eight interesting facts you probably didn’t know about Kia.

Kia – From Sprockets to Pistons

It started out as a bicycle manufacturer. They used to make bike parts in the 40’s and then went onto launch the first Korean motor scooter in ’57. After that, the company collaborated with Honda to create motorcycles.

Number Two: Old is Gold

This is the oldest Korean car company. Kia was founded in 1947.

Number Three: Kia is Winning Laurels Over and Over Again

The company won four design awards in 2011 in the Automotive Brand Contest along with many more laurels awards for being a global and green company. Impressive!

Number Four: Kia is The First Of Its Origin

Kia Sportage was the first Korean car to be featured and competing in the Paris-Dakar rally. The Korean car market is a competitive one, and to think Sportage made the debut is pretty awesome.

Number Five:  Excellent Output

The Hwaseong manufacturing plant produces a million cars annually which amounts to 114 cars per hour. That is almost two cars per minute.

Number Six: The Del Boy Mobile

It was after ’74 that the company manufactured their first car. Before that, Kia created many versions of a three-wheeler pick up truck which had a rather funky design. They made lorries in ’75 after they produced their first car and then focused only on cars in the 80’s.

Number Seven: Sportage is The Star

Since Sportage release, the car has sold 4,000,000 units all over the world. It has become the company’s biggest selling brand and makes up a fifth of its total sales.

Number Eight: The Lotus Collaboration

The company collaborated with the British Lotus for a one-off project. This was surprising since Lotus was a sporting car brand and Kia was making pick up trucks twenty five years ago. But, the brainchild of the companies, the Lotus Elan was a huge success in ’96. It was an offering for the masses under Kia branding.