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Kia to open new head office after setting record sales total

Kia Motors (UK) Limited has set a new record sales total with 66,629 cars delivered to customers during 2012 – compared to 53,615 in 2011 - and is aiming to continue that performance by selling 70,000 units in 2013. This gave Kia a 3.26 per cent share of the UK new car market – up from 2.76 per cent in 2011.

And to support that growth Kia is to move to a new head office in Walton, Surrey during the fourth quarter of the year – more than doubling its current space at The Heights in Weybridge.

Kia Motors (UK) president and ceo Paul Philpott said: “A strong product line-up with distinctive design, high levels of quality and our industry-leading seven year warranty continue to attract new customers to our outstanding dealer network who are consistently delivering excellent service and an ever-improving ownership experience. This is an excellent performance that matches the challenging targets we have set ourselves as we seek to build Kia into a 100,000 unit a year brand in the UK.

“And that is why we have decided to leave the base we have had in Weybridge since 2004 and move just four miles to a dedicated new headquarters building in Walton. It will give us the space to continue our growth story and will better represent where Kia now is as a brand.

“We hope to move to the new building – arranged over three floors and alongside the main railway line heading south out of London Waterloo – in October. Currently we are starting to plan just how the building will be organised and we expect building and installation work to start in the summer,” he added.

Kia’s record sales were led by cee’d with 15,380 units delivered, followed closely by Sportage with 14,964 customers and Picanto with just over 14,500 units sold.

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  • Mrs Katherine Winstanley - 17/02/2013 21:03

    I love the kia cars. Im a social service carer and on low income. Im so upset to see the top gear team destroying new cars. This is an abomination to me!

  • keith larter - 18/04/2013 11:54

    when can i get information on the new carens as would like to order asap

    • Mel Holmes - 26/01/2014 08:33

      @keith larter - DON'T order one, unless you want to pay 30% more for you fuel costs than claimed in their advertising! See my comment about my new Venga ECOdynamic

  • vera leighton - 07/06/2013 15:10

    When is a 7 years guarantee not a 7 years guarantee? Answer: When its the clutch

  • Mel Holmes - 26/01/2014 08:31

    I am one of the new Kia owners but I am VERY unhappy. I bought a Kia Venga 1.4 Ecodynamic partly because of the fuel consumption figures (42.8, 55.4, 50.4) On a long journey doing 50 to 60mph, with very "green" driving, I can just about get 38mpg. Around town I'm lucky if I can keep it up to 35. 30% more expensive to run than I believed it would be! The ECOdynamics is a huge CON trick. I feel very cheated by Kia.

  • mr b Ditchfield - 14/05/2014 17:09

    kia cars are rubbish & the 7year gives no satisfaction to good customers

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