Teamwork was the difference that helped to make Manawatu Kia stand out last year, which resulted in the business being named the Kia Motors New Zealand Dealer of the Year.
"It was an outstanding performance across a range of disciplines that won it for Manawatu Kia," says Todd McDonald, General Manager of Kia Motors New Zealand.
"The team at Palmerston North impressed us with their Sales and Service performance, along with their attention to detail in ensuring that the Kia brand is properly represented."
The criteria for the Kia Dealer of the Year Award is judged across three main categories including Sales target achievement, global signage compliance and facilities and processes for Parts, Service and Sales.
Manawatu Kia surpassed its sales target in spite of tough competition from other well-known brands. It operates from a showroom dedicated to the Kia brand in Rangitikei Street, which has recently been upgraded to conform to the latest Kia corporate branding.
The Dealer of the Year trophy was presented to business shareholder Bryan McKay at a special awards dinner in Australia, following the Australia Tennis Open where top Kia dealers from around the world were feted.
"We were treated and certainly felt like kings being among 31 of the best Kia dealers worldwide and Kia Motors really spoiled us," says Mr McKay.
"It is wonderful recognition for all the hard work by everyone at Manawatu Kia – it has been very much a team effort."
The trophy will take pride of place at the Manawatu Kia dealership, as a reminder to customers and staff of the excellent achievement.