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Where Kias come from

Time 13 years ago

180908kia.jpgKIA moved to its Killingholme import centre in August 2005.

Since then, the facility has processed 100,000 cars. The six-figure model was a pro_cee’d Sport, destined for Viking Kia in Southampton.

Kia says it’s a testimony to the brand’s improving strength, but due credit to Killingholme, based on the Humber, should be paid.


The centre is owned by GBA, and can accommodate deep-sea car carriers capable of carrying more than 8000 cars.

It also has over 85 acres of space, which houses a purpose-built workshop, paint shop and PDI centre. Enhancement can also be conducted there.

Cars are shipped using a computer-controlled network that can send out hundreds of cars a day. These include short-sea-delivery models coming from Kia’s European facility in Slovakia.

Hamish McCowan, aftersales and logistics director at Kia Motors (UK) Limited said: ‘The decision to move to Killingholme was a challenging one, but it has proved to be a wise move, and has delivered considerably improved service to our dealers and their customers, as well as delivering efficiencies and economies for our business.’


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