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Made by Kia for Hyundai - surprised #4115319 06/04/16 06:32 PM
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I have owned hyundais for a quite a few years and really like them never any problems with them.i have a 2015 SantaFe sport and it is great I get 30mpg to the gallon most of the time.i did not like the tires that it came with so I was going to buy some new ones this summer.when I looked on the plate on the drivers door I was shocked.it said made by Kia for Hyundai.has any one else ever heard of this?

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Re: Made by Kia for Hyundai - surprised [Re: ernied] #4115326 06/04/16 06:37 PM
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Almost all korean cars come from the same manufacturer

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hyundai and kia are sister companies. aimed at different markets.


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Pretty much. And they love to come with Hankooks from the factory, which I get the impression are decent but not at a Michelin/Bridgestone level of performance.


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All OE tires suck, not just Hyundai Hankooks.

Is your tire size 235/65-17?

Re: Made by Kia for Hyundai - surprised [Re: ernied] #4115344 06/04/16 06:55 PM
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The ones that came on our Santa Fe were really nice Continental. These were 19 inch though. We've since replaced them with Firestone. Not to shabby either.


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Re: Made by Kia for Hyundai - surprised [Re: ernied] #4115349 06/04/16 07:00 PM
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Originally Posted By: ernied
I was shocked.it said made by kia for Hyundai.has any one else ever heard of this?

It's a surprise you haven't heard of this. smile


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The Santa Fe and Kia Sorento are probably built side by side in the same plant(Georgia?) and they're probably mechanically similar kinda like Ford building Lincolns.


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The oem hankook on my sorento were the worst in the rain. I have pirellii scorpio a/s and these tires grab well


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You own a Hyundai and had no idea that they're owned by Kia?

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Originally Posted By: Ethan1
You own a Hyundai and had no idea that they're owned by Kia?


reverse that. kinda. Hyundai is KIA's largest Stakeholder, currently owning around 33.88%, down from 51% in 1998.


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They integrated together around 2006 or 2007, before that they were a bit more divergent. They probably keep them still separate for several reasons, up to and including notorious korean local corruption and tax loopholes.

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Originally Posted By: Ethan1
You own a Hyundai and had no idea that they're owned by Kia?
LOL

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Originally Posted By: Ethan1
You own a Hyundai and had no idea that they're owned by Kia?

Hyundai became largest shareholder when KIA went almost bankrupt due to serious quality issues. Since then they completely merged.
Your Santa Fe is Made in LaGrange, GA where Hyundai moved production of Santa Fe from Montgomery, AL. Hyundai purposely located that KIA factory in LaGrange since it is approx. 90 miles from Montgomery. Since those cars share suspension engines etc. all suppliers that decided to open operations for Hyundai/KIA in the U.S. kind of located between those two cities. I think that allows Hyundai/KIA to run cheaper operations.

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When the Santa Fe was launched here in the USA, Hyundai didn't have capacity in HMMA (Hyundai Motors Manufacturing Alabama), so the Santa Fe is being built in KMMG (Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia). The popularity of the Santa Fe has been great enough that Hyundai is going to build it in both KMMG and HMMA. I'm not sure where the extra capacity at HMMA has since come from, but the volumes are going up significantly. Santa Fe production in HMMA starts this month.

Kia is very proud of KMMG and work hard to make it a world class operation. It is a very clean and organized operation. It doesn't surprise me that Kia would clearly state that your Hyundai was built in a Kia plant.


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