Kia Motors Europe has appointed a new president to coordinate the brand’s continued sales growth across the region. Based at Kia’s European headquarters in Frankfurt, Germany, Mr. Yong Kew Park, will be responsible for overseeing the brand’s sales and business growth strategies across Europe. With a career spanning more than 30 years, Park brings extensive knowledge of the company and its products to the senior management role. Park joins Kia Motors Europe from Kia Motors Russia, where he had been President since the start of 2016.
Kia Motors has delivered a new Kia Stinger to Rafael Nadal, the world's number one tennis player and global ambassador for Kia. President of Kia Motors Iberia Yangseop Gihl, Managing Director Emilio Herrera, and Marketing and Communications Director Ricardo de Diego handed the car over to the tennis star at the Rafa Nadal Academy in Manacor, Majorca – Nadal’s home town. Emilio Herrera commented: “Nadal is the best ambassador a brand could dream of, and we have had the privilege of having grown together. Rafa represents consistency, effort, modesty and passion. These are values we have in common. We are honoured to hand him the keys to a new Stinger, the most surprising and thrilling of our models.”
A new report published by leading independent European economic consultancy, London Economics, has confirmed the considerable contribution made by Kia Motors Europe to the European economy. The new report, entitled The economic and societal benefits deriving from the presence of Kia in Europe, has established that 184,386 people owe their jobs to the presence of the brand in Europe, employed directly by Kia or indirectly through the supply chain and sales and distribution. Including customs duties, sales and income taxes, Kia contributed €1.2 billion in taxes to European governments during 2016, further supporting the region’s economies. This figure has increased by almost 39% over 2013, when Kia paid €865 million in European taxes.
Kia Motors remains on course for another European sales record in 2017, following the best third quarter sales performance in the company’s history. The latest data released by ACEA (European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association) shows that Kia’s European* sales have risen to 364,924 units, year-to-date - representing an increase of 8.1% year-on-year. Kia’s cumulative share of the European market has also grown to 3.0%, up from 2.9% during the first nine months of 2016. From July to September, Kia sold 113,452 units across Europe, marking a new third quarter sales record for the brand (+5.0% over Q3 2016).
The new Kia Stinger, a powerful fastback sports sedan, (hereafter Stinger) closely follows the design and engineering blueprint laid down by the 2011 Kia GT Concept. It is the highest-performance production vehicle in the company’s history. The Stinger channels the spirit of historic grand tourers – powerful, elegant vehicles capable of moving their owners in style, at speed. At every stage of development, the Stinger has been designed and engineered to be the perfect gran turismo. The car features a head-turning aesthetic, ample room to accommodate five occupants and their luggage. It’s stable, unruffled ride, is matched by nimble handling with engaging, rear-biased power delivery.
The new Kia Stonic is an eye-catching and confident compact crossover with true European design flair, and is the most customisable Kia ever, inside and out. The Stonic will be an important conquest model for Kia in one of the newest and fastest-growing vehicle segments. The B-SUV segment currently accounts for 1.1 million new car sales in Europe each year – around 7% of the market – and is due to expand to more than two million annual sales by 2020.
Kia has today unveiled the striking new Proceed Concept, alongside a series of new production models at the 2017 Frankfurt International Motor Show. The Proceed Concept presents a bold vision for a potential member of the next-generation cee’d family. The concept has been revealed alongside the new Kia Stonic, which makes its public premiere in Frankfurt. The Picanto X-Line and upgraded Sorento are also revealed for the first time, before going on sale globally later in the year. The new Kia Proceed Concept has been created by Kia’s European design centre in Frankfurt, and hints at the design of the next-generation cee’d model family.
Today at the 2017 Geneva International Motor Show, Kia Motors unveils four new models. The new Kia Stinger fastback sports sedan makes its European premiere, alongside the all-new Kia Picanto city car. Advanced powertrain technology features in two other new Kia models on show for the first time – the Niro Plug-in Hybrid crossover and Optima Sportswagon Plug-in Hybrid. Michael Cole, Chief Operating Officer of Kia Motors Europe, commented: “The variety of new Kia vehicles on display here in Geneva underlines the ambition and increasingly broad appeal of the company and its cars.