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Sri Lanka Wins Kia ‘Distributor Of Distinction’ Award For Asia

Kia Motors (Lanka) Managing Director, Mahen Thambiah (Right) receives the award from J. Y. Chung, Director Middle East, Asia and Pacific Group of Kia Motors Corporation

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.
This prestigious award was presented to Mahen Thambiah, Managing Director of Kia Motors (Lanka) Ltd. by J. Y Chung, Director Middle East, Asia and Pacific Group of Kia Motors Corporation at the event. “We are absolutely delighted to win this award, as it follows years of hard work that has resulted in the Kia brand enjoying very high equity in the Sri Lankan market,” Thambiah said, on his return to Colombo. “Over 2011 and 2012, Kia has emerged as one of the top two most-popular brands in the SUV segment, which is very competitive.”
He disclosed that combined sales in Sri Lanka of the Kia Sorento and the Kia Sportage totalled 3,000 units during this period, making the brand one of the most visible on the country’s roads.
Kia’s design-driven aesthetics and performance and value-for-money pricing are the principal factors behind the brand’s popularity, Thambiah said.
“The brand has lived up to the pledge made by Peter Schreyer when he took over as Design Chief of Kia, that he would create design-driven vehicles with all the advances of technology, performance, features and comfort without the attendant high price of other design-driven brands.”
Kia Motors (Lanka) Director, Rodney Mason, said the company is in the process of implementing a substantial expansion of service and customer support infrastructure to keep pace with the growth of the brand’s market share in the automotive sector.

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