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Kia Motors Nigeria Assembly Plant Facility Tour

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There was a palpable air of excitement throughout the facility tour of the multi billion naira state of the art assembly plant of Kia Motors Nigeria, in Lagos where over 20 journalists of leading media houses in the country visited the plant to peruse the equipment and the brand’s assembly process. There is no gainsaying the fact that, Kia has remained one of the major brands in country with its year-on-year phenomenal rise that has galvanised the brand into a monumental feat in the Nigerian auto industry following the unveiling of the plant in the first quarter of the year

Reinforcing the company’s unwavering commitment to the industrialisation of Nigerian economy and its indelible contributions to the success of the auto policy, it has invested heavily in the assembly plant. Its state of the art technologies are arguably at par with any renowned and international plant in the world. The plant now prides itself on the production of 9 models and their respective trims in the country with over 2500 units rolled out since its launch in April, 2014.

The sprawling complex has been built to the high standard of Kia Motors Corporation. Culminating in several months of construction, installation of technologically advanced equipment and the training of its staff have snowballed into its first assembly lines that assembles Kia models, such as its best-selling Kia Rio, Cerato, Optima, Sportage and the all-new 2015 Kia Sorento recently unveiled globally amongst others are all products from the plant.

In tandem with all automobile assembling/manufacturing plants in new market practice globally, the plant kicked off with semi knocked down where painted and trimmed bodies are shipped from an established plant in one box, mechanicals in another, join the two, add some locally sourced transmission fluids, air conditioner gas and the host of others.

With no prejudice and utmost transparency to help in alleviating the rate of unemployment in the country, over 85% of the employees are sourced locally from top Nigerian universities, speaking at the tour, the Chief Operation officer, Gitesh Yagnik pointed out that the plant house over 100 engineers drawn from Nigerian universities and had undergone a top notch intensive training program and capacity development before been employed into the plant. In his words “we now have 150 trained and qualified engineers that can be compared to international standard and over 50 support staff running the operational and assembly process cycle of the plant”. In a testament to his words, the tour was conducted by Yemisi, the supply chain manager, and she gave a holistic and professional insight of the plant’s facility and assembling process to the journalists, evidently her expertise it’s unquestionable.

Apparently, the plant is people-focused. “We believe our strength is in our employees rather than machines” the Chief Commercial Officer, Sandeep Malhotra said. He further alluded to the fact that the success of the plant is premised on Nigeria’s auto policy. According to him, for the industry to be revolutionised and to contribute immensely to the country’s IGR, the government needs to stay true to the policy and clamp down on the unchecked influx of imported used cars, popularly known as “Tokunbo” vehicles.

Speaking to journalists in a media chat after the tour, Sandeep pointed out that “the company is yet to break even with the investment as the demand for new cars in Nigeria is relatively low compared to pre-owned vehicles, hence, if the policy holds sway wherein 70% increased duty is implemented and the prices of used cars soar higher, there will an attendant shift in the demand and customer preference which will directly impact on the supply of locally assembled new cars in the country.” He however sated that, Kia Motors Nigeria remained resolute and committed to the long term investment in the auto industry despite the short term challenges currently faced. The plant has the capacity to produce 27,000 vehicles in a year and there is a provision to increase the production lines which is dependent on the demand. In view of this, auto companies will only break even if there is an increased demand which reduces the total cost of production.

Against all odds and to make owning its vehicles affordable to all without compromising on the brand’s renowned quality standard across the globe, the company currently sells its best-in-class and widely accepted Kia Rio for N1.98M. It’s indeed a quantum leap by the auto company to present a new car for less than N2M.

At the end of the tour, it’s apparently lucid that there was no compromise on the quality and the high standard of the plant and it remains one of the best in the country. It’s highly ventilated facility and its environmental worthiness bring the auto company to the fore of the Nigerian auto industry. The excitement emanating from the plant cannot be overemphasised as the employees are passionate about their work and are committed to producing made-in-Nigeria Kia vehicles the preferred choice in the country.

KIA MOTORS NIGERIA CEO PROPOSES AN ECONOMIC BLUEPRINT OF THE AUTOMOBILE INDUSTRY FOR PRESIDENT BUHARI

KIA now made in Nigeria Banner (1280 X 524px)

There is no gainsaying the fact that the automobile industry in Nigeria has a potential to contribute immensely to the growth and development of the country’s economy. Many a country across the globe has harnessed the great imports of the industry to enhance the growth and sustainability of their economy. Notable amongst these countries include South Africa where automobile sector held a special place in their industrialization strategy. At the current state of the nation’s economy with numerous challenges, it is paramount for the new government to focus on the overall sectoral rejuvenation, economic strategy and trade policy.

In view of the growing concern by stakeholder on the sustainability and possible review of the auto policy, the CEO of Kia Motors Nigeria, Jacky Hathiramani has charted a new course for the government and called on president Muhammad Buhari to address the key issues and lingering challenges in the development of Nigerian automobile industry. In his proposal, he posited on the germane significance of the industry and how pertinent it is for the new administration under the stewardship of President Buhari to bring to bear the progressive change it had instituted in its campaigns and programmes to the automobile industry.

According to Jacky, one of the major challenges bedeviling the development of automobile industry is the staggering amount and alarming rate of used vehicles importations. He espoused that “for the industry to grow, the importation of used vehicles need to be addressed. Despite the business challenges it pose to the local manufacturers, the level of the economic menace it constitute cannot be overemphasized. The government needs to be steadfast in its pursuit of economy growth by tackling importation of used vehicles and also strengthening the border to drastically reduce the spate of smuggling into the country. When the administration addresses the influx of the used vehicles, there will be a corresponding demand for the new locally made cars which will create a mass production and in turn drastically reduce the prices owing to a resultant effect on the cost of production.

He opined that, the thrust of the Nigeria auto policy needs to be restructured to further create an enabling environment for the local assembling companies. Taking a cue from developed countries where local manufacturers are given government aids and tax exemptions for Semi Knocked Down (SKD) parts and components from import tariffs, the current administration can further reduce or exempt local companies from import tariff which will go a long way in reducing the cost of producing the vehicle thereby reducing the prices and giving them a competitive edge.

While lamenting on the current state of the nation’s power supply, he enjoined the government to revamp the power sector for adequate provision of energy to support local plants. The operational cost of an assembly plant in Nigeria today is high based on the epileptic power supply and the high cost of running power generators has continued to have effect on the pricing of Nigerian made vehicles.

Jacky stated that adequate power supply is the fulcrum for sustainable economic growth. To make the locally assembled vehicles competes favourably and produce affordable vehicles to the teeming publics, the business environment needs to be conducive. The key initiative of the government should be centred on reducing the cost of doing business in the country. He stressed that the current administration needs to focus on pragmatic automobile policies – to drive growth and economic diversification.

He stated further that the foreign automakers who are not partnering with local companies to establish assembly plant needs to be barred from operating in the country to help strengthen the local assembling plants. Most importantly, the government needs to encourage the local assembly plant owners by enlisting them in its fleet requirements and solely use vehicles that are assembled in Nigeria.

As a developing country with a potential for economic growth, it’s of utmost significance to address the key issues in the automobile industry. Jacky stressed that the new political dispensation which rides on the goodwill of President Buhari offers a great opportunity to bring about the desired change in the economy and it’s important to immediately formulate investment friendly policies and embark on a trajectory growth of the economy through structural development of the automobile industry. There is the need therefore for the administration to establish a constructive and transparent policy to promote the development of local businesses. If the policies are well implemented, Nigeria will in no time supply the made-in-Nigeria vehicles to neighbouring countries and the country can move from consuming economy to a producing nation thereby ushering in trade surplus in the country’s balance of trade.

Made-in-Nigeria Kia Rio, the People’s Car Unbeatable Offers

The People's Car
2015 Kia Rio – The People’s Car

With an unwavering commitment to bring to the fore an affordable made-in-Nigeria vehicle, Kia Motors Nigeria has featured highly competitive special offers on the most sought after B-Segment sedan in Nigeria with both the Big Deal of N1.98m on Kia Rio manual transmission and Mega Deal of N2.97m on the automatic transmission powered Kia Rio. The people’s car as it’s dubbed at the unveiling of the made-in-Nigeria Kia vehicles by the former Minister of State, Federal Capital Territory, Mrs. Olajumoke Akinjide, is built with remarkable features that exceeds customer expectations and has over the years remained the preferred option for teeming customers.

In line with its promise to provide affordable best in class cars to the Nigeria publics, Kia Motors Nigeria has presented an unprecedented great customer savings on its made in Nigeria Kia Rio. The offers are to reassure the customers that their interest is always edged at the core values of the company. To ensure that all lovers of the People’s Car benefits from this offers, the offer is valid while stock lasts.

The Kia Rio is an extremely well-built car with innovative engineering, is low cost and fun to drive, and its interior is suitably comforting. Emanating flair from every angle, the Rio’s low, wide stance and short overhangs give it a strong, youthful identity all of its own. Kia’s designers have engineered a car with features that are cutting-edge yet at the same time effortlessly simple to use. A highly visible supervision cluster incorporates an on-board trip computer, while the steering wheel itself is tilt and telescopically adjustable so that you can find your perfect driving position. Switches are positioned for ultimate convenience – such as steering wheel-mounted controls for the audio system and auto cruise control. With minimal hand movement you can operate numerous controls without having to take your hands off the wheel.

From a structural framework that absorbs impact forces in both frontal and side-on collisions to a range of active and passive safety measures, the Rio is built to protect those that matter. The Kia Rio and comes with high efficiency and performance, low emissions and reduced fuel consumption, not to mention safety specifications of the highest order.

The ultimate expression of confidence in the Kia Rio body style is sure to impress with its dynamic stance and low-slung profile. Belying its invigorating looks, it offers the same fuel efficient powertrains, silhouette and clean, and distinct design touches that will make you stand out from the crowd. There’s no longer a need to compromise on style when searching for that perfect combination of comfort, economy and functionality.

More than just a promise, Kia Motors Nigeria is committed to making driving a true pleasure for customers across the country with youthful and dynamic styling and the latest in advanced technology, Kia cars are turning heads the world over with the power to surprise. From the Picanto to the Mohave, Kia offers a full lineup of sedans, SUVs and MPVs that are not only practical and stylish but downright exhilarating to drive. Kia remains the most exciting force of change in the automotive world and is ready to change the way you feel and think about driving with affordable cutting edge vehicles.

Kia partners Bi-Courtney on the #MMA2KiaRace Instagram Competition

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L-R: Assistant Marketing Manager, Jimoh Olawale; Managing Director/CEO, Bi-Courtney Aviation Services Limited, Christophe Pennick; Winner of the Kia Rio, MMA2KiaRace Competition, Scarlet Shotade;
Chief Operations Officer, Adebisi Awoniyi and Bright Okpocha (aka Basketmouth), during the Kia Rio presentation ceremony for the competition.

Kia Motors Nigeria, the leading Korean brand in the country has over the years been at the fore of urban culture with innovative and youthful designs of its best in class models. The company recently collaborated with Bi-Courtney Aviation Limited, owners of MMA 2 Airport to organise the first ever Instagram competition tagged MMA2KiaRace in Nigeria.

The competition recorded a remarkable feat as over 2000 contestants participated for the grand prize, the Kia Rio dubbed the people’s car. The final competition was held on Saturday, 6 June, 2015 at the Murtala Muhammed Airport Two (MMA2), Lagos. It was both an exciting and intriguing ceremony where 20 finalists are to compete for the Kia Rio in the grand finale of the competition. The contest was anchored by one of Nigeria’s finest comedians and the brand ambassador of Kia in Nigeria, Mr Bright Okpocha (aka Basketmouth) who cracked the ribs of all the contestants and the audience with hilariously rich jokes.

After a keenly contested game of intelligence, smartness and luck, a 23 year old Business Admin Student of University of Lagos, Ms Scarlet Gbemisola Shotade emerged as the lucky winner of the People’s Car, Kia Rio from the five finalists of the competition.

The social interaction of both individuals and brands in the world has moved beyond the face-to-face communication to easier and digitalised platforms like the social media where people can interact with brands at the comfort of their homes. Flowing from this dynamics, Kia Motors Nigeria as a brand that is committed to connecting with its teeming customers has deepened its social media campaign with the partnership with Bi-Courtney to organise the Instagram competition.

It will be recalled that Kia Motors Nigeria is the first automobile company to embrace the digital media particularly the ecommerce for all its transactions and interactions in Nigeria by listing all its models from Kia Picanto to Kia Mohave on the Konga.com platform amongst others. As a technology-driven company, that is undoubtedly at the vanguard of mobile and digital marketing, Kia Motors Nigeria has continuously key into the digital communication to save a lot of time and resources currently being expended doing businesses that can easily be conducted within the confines of its customers’ homes and offices.

It is in view of this new age communication and the growing urban culture that Kia Motors Nigeria collaborated with Bi-Courtney Aviation Services Limited to organise the highly rewarding competition, the MMA2KiaRace. The competition recorded an outstanding success as other prizes like an Executive Suite and an Executive Double Room at the Le Meridien Ibom Hotel, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, with free return tickets on Dana Air were won by the runners up. It was a win-win game for all participants as some other contestant won giveaways like fridges, Nokia Lumia phones, T.M. Lewin shirts, Levi’s sneakers, Swatch wristwatches and KFC’s meal vouchers.

KIA Partners Access Bank on Auto Finance Scheme for EMI as low as N45,000

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L-R: The Executive Director, Personal Banking Division, Access Bank, Victor Etuokwu; The C.E.O.,
Kia Motors Nigeria, Jacky Hathiramani; and the Zonal Head, Lagos Mainland, Commercial Banking Division, Access Bank, Ralph Opara at the signing ceremony of Access Kia promo launch.

Kia Motors Nigeria, an innovative and leading auto company excel not only in ground-breaking automotive technology, but in innovative financial solutions that helps its customers own the car of their dreams which carry the same ethos and pursuit of advancement defined by the vehicles they create. The company takes keen interest in providing affordable and flexible auto finance options to customers. In the light of this, Kia Motors Nigeria has teamed up with Access bank to offer a flexible, hassle-free car finance scheme with attractive interest rates and loan tenure to make owning brand new Kia vehicles easy and convenient.

More often than not, customers are presented with wide range of options for financing a car or securing an auto loan which makes it difficult to choose a tailor made scheme that perfectly fit their aspirations. This auto finance scheme is tailored to suit customers’ needs with manageable monthly repayments and is best suited for individuals, organizations, corporate bodies and institutions to avail a convenient and easy access to finance options making it easy to drive away their brand new Kia.

At the launching of the joint promotion held at Kia Showroom, Victoria Island, Lagos, Kia Motors Nigeria partners Access Bank to offer competitive auto financing to Kia range of vehicles. Speaking at the launching of the finance scheme, Jacky Hathiramani, C.E.O., Kia Motors Nigeria said “our core competitive edge in the auto industry is the offering of best in class vehicles at an affordable price and we are delighted to partner with Access Bank to make owning the Kia range of vehicles affordable with flexible payment options”.

The Executive Director, Personal Banking Division, Access Bank, Victor Etuokwu stressed that “the finance scheme is aimed at making all customers own a brand new car with ease and tailor made payment options. He further stated that “the joint promotion offers a subsidized insurance and registration fee, with improved access to auto loan to enable customers drive their dream car.”

“This partnership represents another step forward in our strategy to ensure our customers have consistently available, transparent and competitive financing. Kia’s vehicles offer modern design and reliability at an affordable cost. And with our special auto finance scheme with Access Bank, it’s never been easier to take home your very own brand new Kia. ” said, Jacky Hathiramani.

The partnership provides the opportunity for customers to walk into any Kia showroom across the country and get an on spot finance solution. “Our on-site financing service means that you have access to both the cars and the financing solution under same roof to make owning your KIA hassle-free” said Sandeep Malhotra, Chief Commercial Officer, KIA Motors Nigeria.

Access Bank vision is to satisfy all its customers’ financial needs and help them succeed financially. Whether you take advantage of on-the-spot vehicle financing at Kia’s showroom, or apply for a loan at a branch, an Access Bank car loan is a convenient and flexible way to finance your dream car. “We understand that your individual lifestyle demands a certain standard of convenience, Kia and Access Bank partnership is designed to suit your individual needs” said, Victor Etuokwu.

Kia Motors Nigeria promotes a customer-driven corporate culture by providing the best quality and exceptional service with all values cantered on the customers. For over a decade it has embraced every opportunity to exceed customers’ expectations with steadfast passion and creative thinking.

The finance scheme has a flexible payment option for up to 4 year repayment tenure and a competitive equated monthly installments (EMI) as low as N44,423. From its entry level cars like the Kia Picanto and the People’s Car, Kia Rio to its luxury sedan Kia Quoris, all KIA range of vehicles are covered in the finance scheme. Customers can have access to this scheme at over 20 Kia sales and service outlets in Nigeria and all Access Bank branches nationwide.

KIA Motors Nigeria unveils its Multi Billion Naira Assembly Plant in Lagos, Nigeria

Aganga at Kia Plant

In the middle is Dr Olusegun Aganga, the Minister, Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, inspecting the assembly plant flanked by the member of Staff of United Vehicle Assembly Limited during the minister’s working visit to the plant in Lagos.

Kia Motors Nigeria, the leading Korean brand in Nigeria, has continuously embarked on promising growth trajectory with a positive growth for over a decade, making it one of the fastest growing automobile in Nigeria. In a bid to further strengthen its leadership role in the industry, it has unveiled a new assembly plant, United Vehicle Assembly Limited (UVAL) in Lagos commissioned to produce 25,000 vehicles per annum.

In a working visit to the assembly plant by the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Dr Olusegun Aganga expressed his delight and appreciation on the successful completion of the new plant. According to Dr Aganga at the media chat with journalists after the inspection, he stated “I am pleasantly surprised at the level of success and the advance technology of this plant. I have visited different auto assembly plants across the globe and I can tell you that with the level of the quality assurance control and the sophistication of the equipment of this assembly plant, it can compete with international standard.”

The CEO of UVAL, Mr Jacky Hathiramani, stated at the event that, “the move to establish an assembly plant stems the tide of investment aimed at Nigeria and also keying into the country’s automotive policy. We are committed to making Nigeria a leading auto manufacturing country in Africa and also to contribute immensely to the development of the nation through this multi-billion Naira investment.” He further stressed that the plant has employed engineering graduates from Nigerian universities and will continue to provide employment for Nigerians.

“With today’s opening of our plant in Lagos, we have taken our growth commitment to a greater height in Nigeria and reposition our brand to the teeming publics by supporting the proudly Nigeria dream” further stated by Mr Jacky.

In a statement by the Chief Commercial officer, Kia Motors Nigeria, Mr Sandeep Malhotra, “the unprecedented stride of Kia brand in the automobile industry in Nigeria has continued to outpace competitions in offering best in class automotive technology to its customers. Premised on our increased acceptability among our valued customers in the last decade, we are now looking at further strengthening our foothold and expanding our reach in the Nigerian market with the new assembly plant”.

Delivering on its promise made by Kia Motors Nigeria last year to locally produce Kia vehicles in the country, the company recently launched its made in Nigeria vehicles which include Kia Rio, Cerato, Optima, Sorento, Soul and before the end of the year will be producing all its models ranging from the Sedans, Sport Utility Vehicles to the Pick Ups.

KIA MOTORS NIGERIA APPOINTS CLASS MOTORS AS ITS DEALER IN WARRI, DELTA

Class Motors

Class Motors, Warri, Delta State

Kia Motors Nigeria, the fastest growing automobile company in Nigeria, offering the public the very best in cutting edge automotive technology, has announced a new partnership with Class Motors Limited. To further expand its market reach and ease of access to teeming customers in the country, this dealership agreement will facilitate bringing KIA closer to the people in Warri and its environs.

In addition to bringing to the foray, vehicles that deliver best-in-class features and affordable price for value, the vision of KIA is to bring its world class facilities closer to its customers and manufacture vehicles that meet their dreams and aspirations.

KIA has continued to keep pace with consumers’ evolving wants and needs in order to remain competitive. The shifting consumer interests and the need to meet their expectations with exceptional service delivery has propelled Kia Motors Nigeria to extend its reach by signing a new dealership agreement with Class Motors Limited to continue to offer cutting edge automobile technology in the country.

Speaking on the partnership, Mr. Sanjay Tatpati, Assistant Vice President, Kia Motors Nigeria, said, “This joint venture with Class Motors is an important step in our expansion plans for the Nigerian market. Finding the right partners to work with in satisfying our customers is very vital to us. We are delighted to work with the experienced team of Class Motors and are confident that our customers and automobile enthusiasts will be the ultimate beneficiaries of this relationship.”

Commenting on the partnership, Mr. Ben Edoja, MD, Class Motors Limited, said, “Our relationship with Kia Motors Nigeria is in furtherance of our corporate mission to provide customers with quality vehicles and services. We constantly seek ways to exceed our customers’ expectations and we believe this partnership will give us the opportunity to do just that.” He further quoted that the new Kia franchisee will offer full range of Kia vehicles, from the Kia Picanto to the Kia Quoris, wherein the customers will have ease of access and buy their preferred Kia cars.

It is indeed a significant step forward for KIA who has seen substantial growth over the years, making KIA vehicles available to a wider marketplace. The new dealership with Class Motors will facilitate Kia Motors Nigeria meet the objective of providing world class service that is second to none in the Nigerian auto industry.