Kia Motors is bucking international trends and expanding its New Zealand operations
Kia has just opened its new headquarters at Highbrook in Auckland.
The complex is five times bigger than Kia's previous building at Mt Wellington, and incorporates warehousing, a retail and parts operation.
Todd McDonald, General Manager of Kia Motors New Zealand describes the new Highbrook complex as a turning point for the company in this market.
"The investment in our new corporate campus reaffirms our commitment to the New Zealand market and puts Kia in the driving seat to achieve further success as we introduce a range of exciting new models,” says McDonald.
The opening of the new building coincides with the introduction of several new generation models from Kia, highlighting a focus on stylish design, including the Kia Soul urban crossover and Kia Cerato 2-litre sedan.
McDonald says the next wave of new models will be even more breath-taking.
“If you think Kia has achieved a great already, you haven’t seen anything yet,” he said. “Kia is accelerating the introduction of new design and new technology in the coming years and, with this facility, we making sure that we are well placed to ride the wave.”
To celebrate the grand opening, an exhibition tennis match between New Zealand tennis greats James Greenhalgh, Steve Downs, Shona Lee and Julia Sim was staged in the vast warehouse to underline the close links between Kia and tennis in New Zealand and around the world.
Kia is a sponsor of the ASB Women’s Tennis Classic and Marina Eracovic here in New Zealand, as well as the Australian Tennis Open. Kia also used the event to announce that New Zealand has been named one of 16 countries to compete in the 2010 Kia Amateur Australian Open, giving young New Zealand tennis players a new opportunity to shine on the world stage.