Optimism drives Kia PH, shares future plans and two late-2020 model unboxings to welcome 2021 with a resounding bang

July 20, 2020

Behind every dark cloud, they say, lies a ray of hope. The current COVID-19 pandemic that has gripped the world during the past few months has taken its toll on our local economy. The fear of the virus and the subsequent lockdown has caused general weakness of consumer confidence, as well as numerous businesses closing shop.

This is further aggravated by the challenges facing two major contributors to the country’s economic performance, the Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) and the Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) industry. These, in turn, are seen to affect economic indicators such as Gross Domestic Product, which is estimated to slip to 0.6 percent from a projected 6.6 percent for 2020.

The media sessions organized by Kia Philippines discussed the current economic situation, its impact on the automotive industry, and how Kia intends to use its Power to Surprise to help ease its effects on the company and its customers.

The automotive industry in the time of COVID-19

For the automotive industry, vehicle sales declined by 52 percent year-on-year. Apart from the aforementioned factors, the cautious lending of bank institutions and dealerships challenged to generate volume along with the burden of fixed overhead costs, are seen to dampen the industry’s overall performance.

There are still a few bright spots, however, that business entities who are operational can look forward to. Kia Philippines, for instance, sees various opportunities for growth and a way to contribute to the local economy.

A few bright spots

While the automaker currently sits at the 10th spot in the sales rankings, some of its vehicles are seen as being in tune with the new normal way of life. The Picanto and Soluto, for instance, are perfect for daily drives and for those looking for affordable personal transport. Then there is the K2500, which is ideal for delivery and shuttle services for businesses. Kia has even taken the initiative to fit its K2500 Karga with plastic dividers to enforce physical distancing measures. From now up to July 31, customers can take advantage of either a low downpayment financing scheme or huge cash discounts for these models.

Other Kia vehicles are also offered with these promotions and are similarly designed for their respective target audience. The adventurous who are itching to go to new places can choose between the Seltos, Sportage, and Sorento. Those folks who want a sensible yet stylish city car that can still hold its own on the open road can opt for the Rio Hatchback or Forte. Families will love the Grand Carnival, while the performance enthusiasts will marvel at what the Stinger has to offer.

A few surprises for the year

Besides its vehicles, Kia Philippines has a few plans lined up for its clients. Just recently, an announcement was made regarding the opening of four (4) new dealerships by the 3rd quarter of 2020. These include Kia Marikina, Kia Fairview, Kia Isabela, and Kia Bonifacio Global City. This would bring Kia Philippines’ total dealer network to 34 sales and service facilities. In addition, four more facilities are planned by end of 2020 or early 2021. Kia intends to continue expanding its reach, way into 2021.

To further boost its presence and provide better customer service that Promises to Care, all vehicles are backed by a 5-year or 160,000-km warranty* and 24/7 Emergency Roadside Assistance. These will be further boosted by upcoming programs such as increasing its parts line-up by four times, and subjecting each dealer to stringent operations standards. Overall objective is to improve the customer experience from the moment they walk into the door to way after the vehicle has been delivered.

More unboxings lined up

Before the year ends, Kia Philippines is set to surprise with two unboxing events. The first is the launch of its Virtual Showroom. Slated for last quarter of this year, on top of the current website functions, it provides customers the opportunity to shop for a new Kia vehicle from the comfort and safety of their homes. This will be followed by the unboxing of an all-new model, designed to cater to the needs of the Filipino motorists and to provide speedy mobility for the Filipinos, by year’s end.

About the Author

Randolph de Leon
Randy is a person with disability (PWD), a partially-blinded person with only his left eye functioning. Since childhood, the automobile has always been his passion, and is able to express it through photography and most recently, through writing as well. Outside the motoring beat, Randy spends time manning the media aspect of his business which he co-founded with his sister/college classmate. It's called Dragonlight Wellness and Solutions, a multi-business venture centering on improving peoples' lives through earning.