- Kia and Hyundai partner with IBM to develop Mozen system
- Kia Optima to receive new system from November
SEOUL 30 September 2003 - Kia Motors will provide a comprehensive telematics system in cars produced for the Korean domestic market from November of this year. The system, named Mozen, was developed jointly by Kia and sister company Hyundai Motor in partnership with IBM and has been under development since 1997.
The new system, to be showcased at the Busan Motor Show in October, will be built into Kia's Optima saloon and Hyundai's Sonata and XG models from November this year. More models, including the Opirus luxury sedan, will feature the system in 2004. Kia expects to sign up 600,000 Mozen users in Korea by 2009.
Featuring services including stolen vehicle tracking, emergency call functions, real-time traffic information, mobile telephony and internet connectivity, the Mozen system is accessed via a touch-screen on the car's centre console.
Kia Motors COO Yong-Hwan Kim said, "Mozen will become the first fully integrated telematics system to be installed in any Korean cars, firmly establishing Kia/Hyundai as the technology leader in this market. While the initial roll-out will be in Korea only, the system is modular and scaleable so could feasibly be incorporated into export models in the future."
Founded in 1944, Kia Motors Corporation (www.kiamotors.com) is Korea's oldest manufacturer of automobiles. A part of the Hyundai Automobile Group, the company currently sells more than one million vehicles per year worldwide and maintains a network of distributors that covers 190 countries. Kia Motors is the major sponsor of the Australian Tennis Open and the international sponsor of the Davis Cup for the Euro/Africa zone.