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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

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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

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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.

Kia Motors Nigeria Sponsors St Saviours School 2015 ‘Funday’, Donates KIA Rio for the Grand Raffle

Group photo at the car presentation ceremony with the winner Miss Araoluwa Edun flanked by her family and the Kia team.

Group photo at the car presentation ceremony with the winner Miss Araoluwa Edun flanked by her family and the Kia team.

Kia Motors Nigeria’s collaborative stride to boost primary educational development weaved into its organisational social responsibility has continued to wax stronger in recent times. The company’s sponsorship of the 2015 St Saviours School Funday was hinged on its relentless efforts to partner with educational institutions to further strengthen the foundational learning of the future leaders in a peacefully unified society.

For over a decade now, Kia Motors Nigeria has not only been in the vanguard of revolutionizing the automobile industry in Nigeria with affordable and best in class cars, but also keyed into human capacity development programmes aimed at enhancing the country’s future in realising her objectives.

The 2015 Funday theme was tagged ‘Embracing Differences’, the event sought to bring together all differing divides either along religious belief or cultural affinity. In a welcome address by the Head teacher, St Saviours School, at the event, he espoused on the need to create a peaceful coexistence among differing beliefs. In his speech, laying emphasis on the great importance of a conducive environment for learning, he stated that “this year’s theme of ‘Embracing Differences’ is an integral element of education in the 21st century. Increasing globalization is an essential reason we all need to develop our understanding of diversity and embrace differences.

The Chief Commercial Officer, Kia Motors Nigeria, Mr Sandeep Malhotra, stated that “our partnership with the school will bring in required awareness among communities we live in and positively impact the lives of targeted group, the kids on the need to live in harmony despite their ethnic or religious differences”. According to him, Kia will continue to provide necessary support for faster and impactful implementation of our program centred on capacity development of the younger generation in the country. “We will continue to identify and spread our projects in the area of education and development of children across the country,” he noted.

The kids at the event had a fun filled day with interesting games, entertainments, and stage performances that sure raised the tempo. The whole place went agog when the biggest moment for the grand finale raffle draw was announced. There was excitement in the air as the kids are keenly interested in who wins the Kia Rio.

After much anticipation and best wishes among the kids, the ticket belonging to a 3 year old, Miss Araoluwa Edun was picked. The parents were awed and remained astonished when they were called to come for the prize. It was a moment of joy and fulfillment for the Edun Family and Kia staying true to its slogan of ‘The Power to Surprise’ sure did surprise them with a brand new Kia Rio.

Kia’s new seven-speed dual-clutch transmission cuts emissions, improves performance

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  • Kia launches its first seven-speed DCT in new cee’d GT Line models
  • Developed in-house at Kia’s Namyang R&D centre
  • Innovative hollow double-gear input shaft minimises loss of torque
  • Improved fuel economy and more decisive acceleration
  • New DCT will appear on other Kia models in the future

Kia has announced application of the all-new seven-speed dual-clutch transmission (DCT) to a production model for the first time, the new Kia cee’d GT Line – which makes its global debut at the 85th Salon International de l’Automobile in Geneva on 3 March 2015.

Production debut – the new Kia cee’d GT Line

The new DCT will be paired with the cee’d GT Line’s 133 ps 1.6-litre CRDi diesel engine. Capable of handling larger torque outputs than Kia’s existing six-speed torque converter automatic (up to 300 Nm), the DCT’s fast-shifting nature is ideally suited to the new cee’d GT Line’s sporty image.

Drivers will benefit from faster gear changes than a traditional torque converter automatic transmission, as well as lower running costs. It is anticipated that the new DCT will offer lower emissions and higher fuel economy, pending European homologation tests later in 2015. It will be made available on a wider range of Kia models in the future.

Developed in-house for greater fuel economy and acceleration

The new transmission is the first of its type from the brand, and has been developed in-house by Kia’s research and development teams at its Namyang, Korea R&D centre. More fuel efficient than Kia’s existing six-speed automatic transmission, the new DCT has been engineered with low fuel consumption and a sporty driving feel when in manual mode, and with comfort and smoothness when left in automatic mode.

Throughout its development, Kia’s R&D teams targeted a three to five per cent improvement in acceleration (0 to 100 kph) and five to seven per cent improvement to fuel efficiency, depending on model.

Innovative hollow double-gear input shaft allows quick shifts

The DCT is made up of two dry clutches, each fitted with electric motor-driven clutch actuator to improve responsiveness, and an innovative hollow double-gear input shaft. The hollow shaft itself allows the system to quickly engage even gears, while a solid shaft that runs through the middle operates odd gears. This crossed gear shifting enables continuous power delivery and more efficient packaging, two development cornerstones for the engineering teams behind the project.

The hollow shaft mechanism lets the DCT operate sequentially, the car anticipating the next gear that the driver is likely to need next under acceleration or braking, or jump immediately to any of its seven forward gears (and reverse). This is particularly useful under kickdown or heavy braking, allowing the driver to remain in control of the vehicle at all times.

The continuous power delivery of the DCT minimises the loss of torque and forward motion by the powertrain during gear shifts, resulting in more decisive acceleration and a smoother drive. This contributes towards the transmission’s boost to performance in all road conditions in its first application in the cee’d GT Line.

Combined with an increase in power from 128 to 133 ps, the DCT’s seven gears allow the GT Line’s diesel engine to operate at its most efficient speeds at all times. With the engine’s torque increased from 265 to 285 Nm, the new DCT is engineered to effectively manage outputs of up to 300 Nm, achieving a better balance between the engine’s improved, more effortless performance and potential for greater fuel economy.

Reduction of noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) has also been a focus for the team behind the DCT’s development, with an external damper ensuring a higher level of refinement for the new transmission.

After the cee’d GT Line, which will go on sale across Europe in Q4 2015, the new seven-speed DCT will be made available on a range of other Kia models.

KIA Rio Wins the Budget Car of the Year Award

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Kia Motors Nigeria has been recognized for its zest to make new cars in Nigeria affordable to all and in recognition of this effort, its Kia Rio won the ‘Budget Car of the Year’ in the 2014 Nigeria Auto Journalist (NAJA) Award. The company received the prestigious award at the 2014 NAJA Night which was held on Thursday, November 27, 2014 at the Eko Hotel & Suites.

The award is in appreciation and recognition of Kia’s efforts to make its model pocket friendly to her customers by offering an affordable cutting edge automotive technology to customers in the country. The company has through its cars built trust with customers and the award is a testament to its exemplary achievement.

According to the Chief Commercial Officer, Kia Motors Nigeria, Mr. Sandeep Malhotra, “We are truly honored to receive this award. It’s indeed a recognition of our commitment to continually provide quality and affordable cars to the Nigerian market. We pride ourselves in the delivery of the best automobile technology and will not rest on our oars in exceeding the expectations of our customers.

The NAJA Awards instituted by the Guild of Motoring Journalists in Nigeria had been held for over five years to honor players in the automobile industry. Speaking at the event, a member of the organizing committee, Mr. Theodore Opara said the award is a recognition of hard work, resilience and determination of the auto companies in the industry. He further explained that the awards are as a result of objective analysis of the auto market trend and the evaluation by the stake holders on the performance of auto companies in the country. Hence, the awards are borne out of the desire for auto journalists to encourage the auto companies.

The Kia Rio is a subcompact sedan that belies its low price tag with attractive styling and a well-designed interior. The Rio boasts a thoroughly modern powertrain in addition to plenty of standard features. With a clean and elegant look highlighted by Kia’s “Tiger Nose” corporate grille, the Rio is the state-of-the-art sub-compact that’s as fun to look at as it is to drive and it’s sure to draw looks with its sculpted, aerodynamic shape.

KIA, Official Car Sponsor for the 2014 Nigerian Fashion Week

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In a move to strengthen its position as the leading automobile industry with diversified promotions for brand management and strategic alliance, KIA Motors Nigeria partners Legendary Gold Limited on her forthcoming Nigerian Fashion Week. The leading Korean automobile company in Nigeria, Kia, is growing remarkably to become automobile giant in fashion-linked activities in the country. As the official car of the 2014 Nigerian Fashion Week, KIA partners Legendary Gold to bring to the fore, renowned international and local designers from the 19th to 21st of November, 2014 to the Lagos Oriental Hotel.

The partnership is aimed at staging an elaborate cross-promotional effort, focusing on fashion for promoting, nurturing and representing the best of fashion and design talents in the country and its affiliation with the international trend. Associating with this event fits perfectly with Kia’s marketing and brand strategy, as it offers a seamless automobile experience to its customers and aim to provide the best mobility for the finest fashion design talents and other stake holders in Nigeria and promote their riveting collections by being the official car of the event.

With the triumph of each succeeding chapter and a phenomenal platform to exchange ideas and experience for designers both local and international, the Nigerian Fashion Week continues to grow exponentially every year. The 12th edition is put together by Legendary Gold Limited in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Trade & Investment, Culture & Tourism, Nigerian Export Promotion Council and the World Fashion Organization.

The Nigeria Fashion Week is the biggest fashion event in Nigeria with reputable national and international partners and collaborators. It has been a huge platform for manufacturers of garments, fabrics, fashion accessories, hair and beauty products to display their outstanding capabilities. Annually, it brings stakeholders in the fashion, beauty and hair industries together with the goal of creating a vibrant market by linking manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers and the end users.

KIA Motors Nigeria has always believed in creating incredible experiences around its brand and this association will further her positioning of being the most practical and vibrant automobile company in Nigeria. “Being the official Car for the 12th edition of the Nigerian Fashion Week, we look forward to a range of opportunities for collaboration with many a talented designers associated with this prestigious event”, said Mr Sandeep Malhotra, the Chief Commercial Officer, Kia Motors Nigeria.

“Through this association, KIA Motors Nigeria aims to provide the best mobility for the finest fashion design talents and other stake holders in Nigeria and promote their riveting collections by being the official car of the event” Continued by Mr. Sandeep.

The nexus between automobile and fashion is profound as great designers and great automakers alike know that innovation isn’t simply a matter of keeping with trend, nor is leadership simply a matter of heading in a linear direction. True innovation has immediate impact and lasting value. It opens minds to possibilities and that is true of Kia’s strides in the automobile industry in the world over.

KIA Partners Diamond Bank on Auto Loan Scheme for EMI as low as N37,000.

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In a bid to make owning a new car easy, accessible and affordable for all, Kia Motors Nigeria partners Diamond Bank to offer an unbeatable auto loan scheme to potential customers starting from as low as N37,000 monthly payment plan. The auto finance scheme is premised on the success of the previous partnership that paved way for many a people to own a Kia of their choice.

In the mix of various auto loan schemes presented to the publics, Kia Motors Nigeria partnership with Diamond bank offers a unique yet outstanding auto loan scheme. The partnership is aimed at giving an auto financing experience that is simplified and significantly enhanced for the customer.

According to the Chief Commercial Officer of Kia Motors Nigeria, Mr. Sandeep Malhotra, “the key motive behind this partnership is to bring car enthusiasts under the fold. This partnership will phase out tedious loan processing with flexible repayment plans, hassle-free documentation and quick processing to suit customers’ needs and most importantly give the best payment plan option starting from N37,000 monthly repayment plan”.

Kia Motors Nigeria has remained the leading automobile company in the country to offer seamless auto finance schemes to her discerning customers with flexible payment options. In view of this, the recently signed partnership agreement with Diamond bank allows customers to get a new Kia car with 20% equity contribution.

With this collaboration, customers gets free vehicle registration, fixed repayment plan, no management fee, no commitment fee and a free smart phone on every purchase. “We’ve also worked out flexible payment plan options to enable our customers get any Kia car of their choice” said, Sandeep.

The scheme starts from the 14th of November through the end on the 31st of December, 2014. This partnership will pave way for both new and existing customers of the KIA brand to own a new vehicle of their choice in celebrating the yuletide period. With this scheme, customers can own a Rio or Picanto from as low as N37,000 fixed monthly repayment plan or Cerato, Optima and Sportage from as low as N57,000, N86,000 and N97,000 respectively.