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".
According to the increase of the large military equipment, KM100 Series of 8x8 Vehicles -[KM1001 Wrecker, KM1002 Trctor] have been developed. KM1001 Wrecker for wrecking of large & modernized equipment exceeding operating capacity of the KM502 Wrecker, KM1002 Tractor for transportation of large-heavy equipment such as tank, armored vehicle, large construction equipment has been developed respectively.
KM100 Series Vehicles are powered by a modern 450 horse power turbo intercooler engine. The components of power train such as transmission, transfer case, axle, propeller shaft and wheel & tire newly have been recomposed and reinforced. Also this Series Vehicles feature cab-over type cabin (KM1002 Tractor has double cab), reinforced bumper, waterproof electric system, etc. This Series Vehicles was in mass production at the end of 2001.
Since being appointed as a defense industry firm in 1973, KIA Motors has operated the only research institute for development of military vehicle in Korea, as well as production equipment and systems, The company continues to create systems guaranteeing combat power sustained by developing various vehicle types satisfying the requirements of military authorities, strategic experience, and perfect logistics support.
Moreover, as a manufacturer of finished vehicles of Hyundai Motors Group, Kia Motors actively utilizes basic infrastructure such as standardization of edge-cut technologies applied to commercial passenger cars and parts including engine and transmission, and production facilities and contractors for improving the capabilities of military vehicles, supplying vehicles at reasonable prices to contribute to national defense and cost-effective operation of military forces.
Based on its capability and the quality of its military vehicles as tried and tested by the military forces of Korea, Kia supplies vehicles to 20 foreign countries including the Philippines, Sudan, Indonesia, and Chile. The company also executes local production in foreign countries to support their industrialization and to enhance cooperation with their governments. These situations also help promote beneficial conditions in military and diplomatic relationships with the countries.
KIA Motors will continue to commit its best efforts to advance the development of military vehicles for the military forces of Korea, thereby improving mobilization of the military forces. The company will also become one of the world's leading manufacturers by leading the markets of global military mobilization systems by 2020 developing innovative new products armed with high mobility and capabilities, as well as the creation of new markets. We cordially invite your interest in the innovations and dramatic challenges of KIA Motors. The company seeks to lead the future of Korean military mobilization systems with its advanced technologies.
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