Kia have been the official lead sponsor of Surrey CCC since January 2011. This sponsorship has given Kia exclusive naming rights to the historic ground – now known as The Kia Oval – and primary shirt sponsors for the Club.
The two Kias are on loan to Graham Ford and Graeme Smith for the duration of the season. Ford became Head Coach for Surrey CCC in February 2014 following his Head Coach position of the Sri Lanka national team. Smith is this year’s Club Captain and has been signed to a three year contract. Smith has led his national side in 94 Test Matches and at the age of 22 became captain of the South African Cricket Team.
Paul Philpott, President & CEO, Kia Motors (UK) Ltd commented: “We already have strong links to cricket, with our long-term sponsorship of Surrey CCC and The Kia Oval, we are delighted to now be able to supply cars for Graeme Smith and Graham Ford, who are only within the UK during the Surrey CCC season. We wish the team all the best for their season ahead and will be cheering their promotion efforts.”
The Kia Sorento is a flagship SUV – a seven –seat model available in AWD and with a 2.2 CRDi diesel engine and a choice of six speed manual or automatic transmissions. The Sorento comes in five different specification levels and is priced from £24,700, including Kia’s pioneering seven year warranty.
Surrey CCC started their season on Sunday 6th April with a County Championship Home match against Glamorgan, with the season running until September 15th where the club have their final home match against Derbyshire. The two Sorentos are on loan to Smith and Ford for the duration of the season to enable them easy and convenient travel to training and matches.