During a recent visit to the UK, Tae Hyun Oh – Executive Vice President and CEO of the International Business Division of Kia Motors Corporation opened not one but two new buildings and broke ground on the brand’s new flagship dealership location alongside the M4 in west London.
Mr Oh was joined by Mr Ho Sun Song, President of Kia Motors Europe, Paul Philpott, President and CEO and James Cho, Chief Executive Coordinator of Kia Motors UK Ltd as well as contractors from Quadriga Real Estate Ltd at the official ground breaking of Kia’s new landmark dealership on the Great West Road in London – which is due to open in Spring 2015.
Mr Oh commented: “I was delighted to come and support Kia UK in the opening of these buildings to show consumers that Kia Motors is definitely not slowing down. To have the Korean Ambassador present at the opening of the new Head Office illustrates how important the growth of Kia within the UK is to Korea.”
First on Mr Oh’s list was a visit to Kia’s new Head Office in Walton Green, Surrey. At the official opening evening Mr Oh was joined by the Korean Ambassador, Mr Sungnam Lim, the High Sheriff of Surrey Dr Helen Bowcock, the Deputy Mayor and Mayoress of Elmbridge Borough Council, Mr Barry Fairbanks and Ms Gillian Smith, as well local councillors and Kia staff. Paul Philpott, the Korean Ambassador and Mr Oh unveiled a sculpture designed by the Peter Schreyer led Kia Design Team to mark the opening of the new UK Head Office.
Visiting Beadles Kia in Coulsdon Mr Oh was joined by Mr Song and Richard Johnson, Group Managing Director of Beadles to unveil a plaque to officially open the dealership.
Since opening in February this year Beadles Kia in Coulsdon has firmly put Kia on the map in the South London. The first venture between Kia and Beadles the 3,430 square meter dealership utilises low and zero carbon technology throughout the building – topped off with 181 PV (photovoltaic) panels on the roof which provide enough electricity to power ten houses over the course of a year, reducing CO2 emissions by 27.5 tonnes. The dealership boasts an 11 car showroom and spaces for 79 used cars. The service and MOT area is capable of servicing over 200 cars a week.
Last, but by no means least, Mr Oh visited Great West Road Kia’s all new landmark dealership in West London which fronts the A4 and M4 motorway in Brentford. He was joined by Mr Song as well as members of the senior management team of Kia Motors UK and management from contractors Quadriga Real Estate Ltd. Presented with an engraved silver spade to mark the occasion Mr Oh was shown the site which, when opened, will feature curved facades and a ‘floating’ upper show room that will have fantastic visibility onto the M4. The retail facility is due to open in Spring 2015.