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Kia AutoSport to open new Columbus Kia dealership
There can be no denying that Kia Motors America is on a record breaking sales run that simply cannot be matched.
That success is trickling down to dealership level, and that may be no more apparent than at Ed Braun’s Columbus location.
His Kia AutoSport dealership will be taking residence in its new spot on Whittlesey Boulevard sometime in May.
The $7.5 million stat-of-the-art car dealership headquarters have been under construction since last October, but Braun said that the construction is now very close to completion.
When the doors do open in mid to late May, they will do so on a 35,000 square foot showroom overlooking a 400 vehicle lot.
The brand-new Columbus Kia dealership will also be home to 30 service bays, each of which will be heat and AC controlled.
The goal is to make the experience for the future Kia vehicle owners a pleasant one, and that will mean having wireless internet access.
Braun spoke excitedly about the energy efficient construction methods that were used in purring together the new building, which he believes will be the biggest and best Kia dealership in the entire Southeast area.
He was also pleased to announce that the new location would help in creating new jobs.
The current staff count at Kia AutoSport sits at 50 employees, but Braun expects that to at least double in number in time for the grand opening. Interest in those positions is very high, which may have to do with the buzz surrounding the Kia brand in the last couple of years.
The opening of the new space doesn’t mean the end for the Box Road location though, with Braun confirming that it will stay open as a pre-owned vehicle supercenter. That location is home to 12 bays which will be made available for Kia warranty service.
Kia sold more than 485,000 vehicles in the US alone in 2011, which is a dramatic increase from the 356,000 that left showrooms across the nation a year earlier.
Sales are showing no sign of slowing down in 2012, with the Optima sedan, Sorento, and the sporty Soul all charging out of the gate to begin the new sales year.
The company has come a long way from the reputation of poor quality that they had to deal with in the 90’s, and that is all down to a concerted effort to do better.
Kia executive Byung Mo Ahn, who oversees the assembly plant in West Point, GA said in a recent press release that the recent successes that Kia is experiencing are not just down to blind luck, and that people are really starting to take notice of the improvements in design in quality that Kia has been striving to introduce across their entire line-up.
After just two years in operation, Kia’s West Point manufacturing plant recently just celebrated the assembly of its 500,000th vehicle.
That is not lost on Ed Braun, and he is quick to point out that success of Kia has been a blessing for the entire area and not just his dealership.
Stay tuned for more Kia AutoSport and Columbus Kia dealership news!