Kia is in Talks with Angola to supply buses
Kia donates five units of buses to Angola
Kia Motors Company President Kim Soo Joong met Angolian president Jose Eduardo Dos Santos, who was visiting South Korea to discuss economic ties between the two countries, on February 1 at Hotel Shilla and explored Kia’s participation in the modernization of public service buses and carriers in Angola.
The meeting appears to have paved a way to make Kia’s position stronger in a bid to supply 350 buses of inter-city model to Angola for which Kia is currently competing with an European auto maker. In an effort to make inroad into Angola, President Kim introduced a range of Kia cars to the Angolian President during the meeting in addition to the donation of 5 units of omni buses to Angola.
Angola, located in the south of Africa, is five and half times larger than the Korean peninsular with a population of about 12 million. The 49-year old Jose Eduardo Dos Santos president came into power in 1979. Kia expects the country’s demand for automobiles to be around 3,500 units in 2001.
Kia exported 268 units to Angola last year while expecting to ship 400 units this year but the units will grow to 700 to 800 units if Kia wins this bid.