- U.S. technician wins first Kia Skill World up
SEOUL 26 April 2002 - American auto technician Frank Rosing today became the first winner of the Kia Skill World Cup, a global competition bringing together the best technicians in the Kia Motors network.
Mr. Rosing beat 37 other technicians from 36 countries around the world in a closely run competition. The test included practical evaluations of the competitors` skills in maintaining and repairing the engines, transaxles and electrical systems of all Kia models as well as a written test covering general knowledge of Kia automobiles and troubleshooting.
The Kia Skill World Cup is a part of Kia Motors` strategy to improve the level of after sales service in its network of more than 3,400 service centers around the world. The company employs some 13,000 technicians.
밙ia Motors is rapidly gaining a reputation for providing good quality cars at value prices. Our commitment to the customer, however, extends beyond the sale of the car to include a comprehensive service offering," said senior vice president Sang-Keun Park, head of Kia Motor뭩 overseas service group. 밫he Kia Skill World Cup underlines that commitment and highlights Kia뭩 efforts to significantly improve the quality of service that our customers have every right to expect."
Kia Motors President N.M. Kim said, 밪ervice quality plays a major role in Kia뭩 global strategy going forward. It is an area in which we are committed to improving. The quality and range of technical skills demonstrated by the competitors at the Kia Skill World Cup was exceptional. The task we must now address is in duplicating that expertise around the world."
Other medal winners for the event were:
Silver Medal : Justin Levy (South Africa), Pedro Lope (Portugal)
Bronze Medal : Michael Paporakis(Greece), Jim Schofield (U.S.A), Rauno Tarum (Estonia)
Founded in 1944, Kia Motors Corporation (www.kia.co.kr) is Korea뭩 oldest manufacturer of automobiles. The company currently exports around 600,000 vehicles per year through a network of distributors that covers 160 countries. Kia Motors became a part of the Hyundai Automotive Group in 1999.