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Batic.jpgMotors (Lanka) has opened its first Vehicle Sales Centre in Sri Lanka’s Eastern Province as part of the company’s on-going dealership development initiative.

The new showroom, which will be operated as a franchise by M/s N.K.D. Ratnam and Co., an experienced player in the automobile trade, is located at 570, Trinco Road, Sinna Urani, Batticaloa. It will significantly facilitate access in the region to the range of Kia vehicles popular in Sri Lanka, the company said.

Designed and equipped to international standards and guidelines stipulated by Kia, the new sales centre occupies a prime location in the Batticaloa town, and has extensive customer parking. It’s staff will be trained and supported by Kia Motors Lanka to meet the expectations of Kia and its customers.

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The fourth generation Kia Sportage, the Korean car maker’s game-changing urban SUV, was unveiled at an exclusive media preview in Colombo, heralding its head-turning arrival on Sri Lankan roads. 

Among the most instantly recognised SUVs in the market as a result of its distinctive lines, the Kia Sportage delivers even greater automotive aesthetics and an enhanced driving experience in the all-new 2016 edition which features a revamped design and a host of technological upgrades that boost the model’s safety, comfort and performance. 

This extensively developed SUV, along with the Optima, Kia’s prized midsize sedan, has already won the iF design award, receiving praise for overall design quality, innovation, environmental impact and safety, Kia’s sole local distributor, Kia Motors (Lanka) Limited said. 

Addressing media at the new model’s unveiling, the company’s Managing Director Mahen Thambiah said: “With its handsome improvements in design and functionality, the fourth generation Kia Sportage is expected to accelerate Kia’s market progress and open a new chapter in the company’s history of pioneering the compact urban SUV segment.” 

Available in three trim lines, LX, EX and SX, the 2016 Kia Sportage comes with a 2.0 Gasoline engine developing 157ps @ 6000rpm and torque 20kg.m @ 4000rpm. It is also available with a 2.0 Diesel turbo charged engine developing 178ps @ 4000rpm and torque 41kg.m @ 2750rpm. Both engines are paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard, with all-wheel drive available as an option. 

The LX and EX have 18-inch alloy wheels, rear privacy glass, fabric upholstery, a height-adjustable driver seat, 60/40-split folding and reclining rear seats, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, full power accessories, cruise control, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity and a six-speaker sound system with a CD player, radio, an auxiliary audio input jack and a USB port, chrome exterior trim, keyless entry and ignition, dual-zone automatic climate control, a six-way power driver seat with adjustable lumbar support and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. Also available as an option in the EX is leather upholstery. 

The sportier SX model includes 19-inch Alloy wheels, a unique front grille, LED daytime running lights and taillights, dual exhaust outlets, an expanded panoramic sunroof that offers a better view of the sky than ever before, and aluminium scuff plates. 

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Photo caption:  (Seated, from left) Andrew Perera, Executive Director/Chief Operating Officer – Kia Motors, Ms Ae Jin Han, Deputy Country Director – KOICA, Ms Jun Ji Sun, Counsellor, Korean Embassy, Mahen Thambiah, Managing Director – Kia Motors, J. A. Ranjith, Director – DTET and Rodney Mason, Executive Director – Kia Motors with (Back row) the first batch of students to receive on-the-job training at Kia Motors (Lanka) Ltd.

Kia Motors (Lanka) Ltd. has offered on-the-job training at its repair and service facilities to Sri Lankan students who achieved the highest marks on completion of the National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) Automobile courses at local technical colleges, as part of the company’s contribution to a project supported by the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA).  

The ‘Modernisation and Upgrading of Automobile Centres in Colleges of Technology and Technical Colleges in Sri Lanka’ project is implemented under an Academic-Industry Cooperation Plan that brings together KOICA, Kia Motors and the Ministry of Skills Development and Vocational Training.  

 

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Continues with Rs 27 million commitment for College’s Rugby Development Programme

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Photo caption: (From left) Athula Munasinghe, Secretary, Royal College Union (RCU), Hemaka Amarasuriya, Chairman, RCU Rugby Advisory & Management Committee, B. A. Abeyratne, Principal Royal College, and A. M. De S. Jayaratne, Chairman,  Mahen Thambiah, Managing Director and Andrew Perera, Chief Operating Officer of KIA Motors (Lanka) at the renewal of Kia’s sponsorship of Royal Rugby.

KIA, the design and performance driven Korean automobile brand, has renewed its support to Royal College Rugby with the formal ratification of the second year of a three-year commitment to sponsor the College’s rugby development programme.  

KIA’s sponsorship agreement was signed at the Royal College Rugby Complex by the directors of KIA Motors (Lanka) Limited and the Chairman and members of the Royal College Rugby Advisory Committee.

This will be the fifth consecutive year overall that KIA is supporting Royal Rugby. KIA’s continuing Rs 27 million commitment extends the brand’s sponsorship of Royal Rugby beyond the 1st XV to include the College’s Under 14, Under 16 and Under 18 rugby teams.

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Thursday, 7th May 2015: A new definition of space will soon be on Sri Lanka’s roads with the entry of the all-new Kia Grand Carnival Multi-purpose Vehicle (MPV) which was unveiled at a colourful outdoor event at the Independence Arcade.  

Designed to comfortably seat seven people with the use of a combination of stand-up and pop-up sinking seats, the Kia Grand Carnival unites smart technology, intelligent design and sleek, sporty aerodynamic styling in a vehicle that delivers practical value with outstanding road presence.  A nine-seater version is expected in Sri Lanka in December.  

Powered by Kia’s R 2.2 CRDi Turbo Diesel engine used in its legendary Sorento SUV, and automatic 6-speed tiptronic transmission, the Grand Carnival is longer and wider than the Sorento, and has the most leg room in its class, making it an ideal vehicle for the hospitality and travel industries, as well as the perfect family vehicle, Kia’s sole distributor in Sri Lanka Kia Motors (Lanka) said.  

“The Grand Carnival is the result of superior design and truly smart features combining with a deep understanding of practical driving needs. Maximum luxury goes hand in hand with a respect for economy in a unique balance of the exceptional and the everyday. The Grand Carnival is absolute proof that a car with great power and presence can also possess a superbly sleek and sporty profile,” said Mr Rodney Mason, Director KIA Motors (Lanka) Ltd.  

Extending interior space beyond expectation, the vehicle’s interior design provides an abundance of space that is key to creating an interior ambience that is truly relaxing. The cabin of the Grand Carnival is designed to achieve the ultimate realisation of maximised space for the driver’s and occupants' convenience and pleasure. 

Cricketing greats Kumar Sangakkara, Muttiah Muralitharan and Mahela Jayawardene compliment an automotive masterpiece

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Wednesday, 1st April 2015: A sporting icon, a legend and a genius came together today to launch the all-new 2016 Kia Sorento SUV in Colombo, an automotive icon in its own right, and the drive that the extraordinary trio have in common. 

Driven on to a stage in the packed ‘Oak Room’ at the Cinnamon Grand, Kumar Sangakkara, Muttiah Muralitharan and Mahela Jayawardena received the keys to their new Sorento vehicles as part of the gala launch of the dramatically reengineered, wider and longer Kia Sorento, a masterpiece of elegantly sculpted surfaces and an ultra-sophisticated interior.  

Already one of the most popular SUVs on Sri Lanka’s roads, Kia Sorento raises the bar for design aesthetics and class-leading performance with its 2016 Third Generation edition, which is structurally stronger, more comfortable and even safer than its predecessors.  

Speaking at its ceremonial unveiling, Mahen Thambiah, Managing Director of Kia Motors (Lanka) said: “The Sorento has earned a reputation for being a genius at what it is designed for, has become an icon on our roads, and has, in just about 10 years, attained the status of a legend. These are aspects that, to us in Sri Lanka, are best represented by our cricketing heroes Kumar, Murali and Mahela.” 

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KIA Motors (Lanka) Limited, the sole local distributor for the popular Korean automobile brand, has successfully deployed Oracle E-Business Suite to integrate and streamline the company’s operations. The deployment was completed in 14 months by Aitken Spence Technologies, a Gold level member of Oracle Partner Network (OPN).  

Prior to the deployment of Oracle E-Business Suite, the legacy systems were providing an isolated view of the business operation, while too many tasks including intercompany invoicing were being done manually.  With the help of Oracle E-Business Suite and its modules, Kia Motors (Lanka) has completely automated the process from quotation to post-sales servicing at its head office in Colombo and its post- sales servicing centers at Peliyagoda, Baseline Road and Kurunegala. The Oracle solution has enabled KIA Motors to track end-to-end customer and vehicle history, customer sales process and advance payment, while automating intercompany sales and stocks deduction.  

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KIA Motors (Lanka), the sole local distributor for the stylish Korean automobile brand, has opened a sparkling new showroom and service center in Kurunegala as part of a dealer development initiative being rolled out in Sri Lanka.

Designed and equipped to international standards and guidelines stipulated by Kia, the Rs. 130 million facility is designated a ‘3S’ Kia Centre, offering Sales, Service and Spares at a prime location on the Colombo-Kurunegala road.

Speaking at the formal opening of the new center, Kia Motors (Lanka) Ltd Managing Director Mahen Thambiah said: “This is an important milestone in Kia’s growth in Sri Lanka because this is the first of many outstation service centers envisaged in our dealer development program.” 

The dealer development plan would be based on Kia Motors (Lanka) making investments to build in key towns, facilities equipped with the tooling specified and required by Kia Motors, and thereafter franchising the dealerships, enabling the dealers to have better interaction with the customer within their areas. For Kurunegala, M/s Cross border Motors have been selected, with discussions on to finalize the operations under supervision and technical support from Kia Motors.

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Rs 27 million sponsorship for three more years; extends support to teams of all age groups

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Kia, the iconic Korean automobile brand, has enhanced its support to Royal College’s rugby development programme with a larger, three-year commitment. Entering its fourth year in 2015, Kia’s sole sponsorship of Royal Rugby will now go beyond the 1st XV to include the Under 14, Under 16 and Under 18 rugby teams of Royal College, in an effort to support the College’s current and future requirements in this sport.  

KIA’s new sponsorship agreement was formally signed at the Royal College Skills Center by the directors of KIA Motors (Lanka) Limited and the Chairman and members of the Royal College Rugby Advisory Committee. 

As Sole Team Sponsor, KIA will have branding rights for the warm-up and match jerseys of the Royal College rugby teams in all the age-groups covered, at all inter-school games and tournaments. 

Kia Motors (Lanka), the sole distributor in Sri Lanka for the Korean automobile brand, has been presented with an award for the ‘Most Improved’ in the region at the 2014 Asia – Pacific Parts Conference of MOBIS – the spare parts division of the Kia-Hyundai Group, a media release revealed.  

The award, which recognises ‘Outstanding Performance and Achievement,’ was presented by MOBIS CEO Myung-Chul Chung to Saman Peiris, Parts Manager of Kia Motors (Lanka) at the conference in Thailand. This is the second award won by the company from its 

Saman Peiris, Parts Manager Kia Motors (Sri Lanka) and MOBIS CEO Myung-Chul Chung (right)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Kia launches new website custom-designed for Sri Lanka

Kia has opened another portal for engagement with the brand and all it represents, with a new website custom designed exclusively for its vehicle owners in Sri Lanka as well as for aspiring new enthusiasts, a media release of Kia Motors (Lanka) announced.

Picture shows Kia Motors (Lanka) Managing Director Mahen Thambiah with Cricket icon Muttiah Muralitharan at the launch of the new website.

Cricketing icon turned humanitarian Muttiah Muralitharan, a Kia brand ambassador, joined Kia Motors (Lanka) Managing Director Mahen Thambiah to launch www.kia.lk into cyberspace recently, significantly enhancing real-time access to the products, services and other elements of the Kia experience in Sri Lanka.

Besides information on the global brand and the models it sells in Sri Lanka, the site offers a host of useful local information as well as the facility to interact with Kia Motors (Lanka) for practical ‘housekeeping’ matters such as booking services or repairs, locating branches, contacts for ordering spare parts and even for roadside assistance in the event of breakdowns or accidents.

For someone interested in buying a Kia vehicle, the site goes beyond simply displaying the models and their specifications.

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Smarter, safer and even more stylish SUV epitomises Kia’s design-driven approach

Top Korean car maker Kia has adjudged its sole distributor in Sri Lanka Kia Motors (Lanka) Ltd., as the company’s ‘Distributor of Distinction’ in acknowledgement of ‘Professionalism of the Highest Degree and Outstanding Sales Performance in the Asia Region.’

The award was presented at the annual Asia Distributors Convention of Kia in Manila, Philippines recently.

Kia distributors in five South Asian countries (excluding India) as well as from Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Laos, Brunei, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Taiwan, Cambodia, Myanmar and the Philippines are assessed for the Asia Distributor of Distinction award.

 

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Longer, lower and wider all-new, 3rd generation Cerato Sedan arrives to media preview

Another masterpiece in automotive design from Korean carmaker Kia -- the all-new, third-generation Kia Cerato sedan -- was unveiled in Colombo this week, at a special viewing for media.

Boasting sleeker styling with ‘dynamic muscularity’ in a design that is longer, lower and wider than the current model, the new Kia Cerato’s  extended wheelbase delivers best-in-class interior space, while its 130 ps 1.6-liter Gamma engine offers a 4.8% increase in power, the brand’s local distributor Kia Motors (Lanka) said.

 

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