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Kia was founded in 1944, which makes it the oldest automaker to come from South Korea. But even though Kia may have started business in 1944, it didn't actually manufacture vehicles until 1962, when it introduced trucks to a lineup that previously consisted of bicycles and motorcycles. Cars came along in 1974, but they were quickly discontinued. Kia reentered the auto fray in 1986, and started to build momentum after teaming up with Mazda. Even so, the company wasn't able to have enough success to save them from Asia's financial crash, and they went bankrupt in 1997.
A year later, the automaker was purchased by Hyundai, and the revival of a company that had never had much success was officially on. While Kia has slowly built success in America, their primary market is Europe; but even in America they have established themselves as a company that makes affordable luxury vehicles with a fair amount of style and substance.
Their current lineup is pretty substantial, considering that they were dead in the water 20 years ago. There's the Rio, a subcompact sedan/hatchback; the Forte, a compact coupe/sedan/hatchback; the flagship Optima, a mid-size sedan; the Cadenza, a luxurious mid-size sedan; the K900, a full-size high-end luxury sedan; the Soul, a subcompact crossover; the Sportage, a compact SUV; the Sorento, a mid-size crossover, and the Sedona, a minivan. They have hybrid and electric offerings of some of their vehicles, which show just how much Kia has been able to adapt to find success.
When it comes to glass arrangements, Kia has opted for a cavalcade of different setups. The Forte sedan, Forte 5-door, and Rio sedan have front and rear windshields, front and rear side glass, and front and rear quarter glass, while the Rio 5-door eschews the rear quarter glass. The Forte two-door option has rear quarter glass, but no front quarter glass. The Optima, Cadenza, and K900, and all of Kia's crossover and minivan offerings opt for front and rear windshields, front and rear side glass, and rear quarter glass.
Many of the cars in Kia's stable share physical specifications with Hyundai models, which increases the availability of replacement glass. For the most part, having windows, windshields, and quarter glass replaced by an aftermarket glass specialist is a fine option, considering the substantial cost difference between a specialist and a dealership. Many newer Kia models, however, have rain sensors on the front windshield; people with these models should either have a dealership replace the windshield, or they should consult the dealer for reputable specialists that they can recommend.
For older Kia models, a specialist is definitely the way to go, presuming you can find a trustworthy replacement shop with solid reviews. Chances are that they'll be able to procure and replace the glass in your Kia for a fraction of the cost of the dealership, and with the same expertise.