When many people think of car companies, those hailing from America and Japan are often the first to come to mind. However, since the 1940s, the Kia motor company, operating out of South Korea, has steadily risen in popularity thanks to its reliable, economical, and trendy vehicles. Though initially largely operating in Asia, by the mid-1980s Kia vehicles were becoming more common on the streets of the U.S. Today, names such as the Rio, Sportage, Optima, and Forte are easy to spot on any highway. Though always viewed as affordable, family-oriented cars, most early Kia models were quite neutral in terms of features and appearance. They offered standard features for their class that, though competitive, were not memorable. However, since 2006, Kia has focused its efforts on making their brand more recognizable, focusing particularly on creating a look that is distinctly Korean rather than American or Japanese. Newer Kia models feature what the company calls a "Tiger Nose" on its front end, which is essentially a redesigned three-dimensional signature grille that makes Kias distinct from other cars on the road. By browsing the many listings for these cars on eBay, you are sure to find one you will be proud to own.