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Theory of Man evolution image with 2019 Kia Cadenza

Family Tree: Kia Cadenza

Kia Cadenza Model History and Generations 

There has been quite a buzz around the Kia Cadenza lately thanks to its 2020 model that is set to join the automotive market sometime this year. While the Cadenza has only been a part of the U.S. Kia lineup since 2014, this luxury Kia model has brought quite a few changes over the years. This edition of Friendly Kia’s Family Tree is going to look at the evolution of the U.S. Kia Cadenza from when it first made its way over here to its latest refresh.  

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Evolution of Man graphic with 2020 Kia Optima

Family Tree: The Kia Optima

Kia Optima Model History and Generations 

The mid-size Kia Optima has been on the scene since 2000 and has been a part of marketplaces across the globe. Known by many names, the Kia Optima has been a staple member of the Kia lineup for 20 years and four generations. The Optima is set to enter its fifth generation in 2021 under a different nameplate, so we thought there’s no better time than now to take a trip through the Kia Optima model history and generation lineups.  

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Evolution of Man graphic with 2020 Kia Forte

Family Tree: The Kia Forte

Kia Forte Model History and Generations  

The 2020 Kia Forte is a sight to behold, with styling cues from the fast-paced Kia Stinger and a refined overall feel that gives drivers a sense of luxury. The Forte has been around for three generations now, originating in 2010 with three different model variations. The history of this Kia model has been nothing but impressive and we wanted to take you through that history in this edition of Friendly Kia’s Family Tree.  

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Theory of Evolution diagram with 2020 Kia Rio over red background

Family Tree: The Kia Rio

Kia Rio Model History and Generations 

What once replaced the Kia Pride has now become one of the most recognizable names from the Kia brand. The Kia Rio subcompact car first made its way into the market in 1999 to take on competitors like the Dodge Neon and the Ford Fiesta. Since its debut, the Rio has evolved through four generations into the Rio we recognize today.  

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Rear view of blue 2021 Kia Sedona

Family Tree: Kia Sedona

Kia Sedona Model History and Generations 

The Kia Sedona has gone from just another option in the minivan market to a top contender among the competition. The evolution of the Sedona shows us just how much a vehicle can change and gives us hope that the next-generation Sedona will be even better than the current knock-out model.  

Get a look at how the Sedona model has changed through its history and generations below. 

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kia sorento on evolutionary chart

Family Tree: The Kia Sorento

Kia Sorento Model History and Generations

Some of the most interesting vehicles on Kia’s lineup are the ones that have ridden the waves of various automotive trends, market shifts and economic eras. Better than any model we’ve featured in our Throwback featurette, these vehicles show Kia’s evolution from humble value brand to the design and engineering powerhouse they are today.

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evolution chart with 2020 kia soul on the end

Family Tree: The Kia Soul

Kia Soul Models and Generation History

Our Family Tree series works to highlight some of the most exciting vehicles on the road and show how they’ve progressed from their most humble roots. In a way, it’s the story of Kia – entering the market with a very simple value proposition and then working to refine and iterate until you’re one of the strongest contenders in the arena. Read the rest of this entry >>