- Kia to provide ambulances, vehicles, and medical supplies
December 30, 2003 (Seoul) ? Kia Motors Corporation will provide humanitarian aid to Iran as part of relief efforts in that country following the devastating earthquake on December 26. Kia will offer initial assistance of water and medical supplies in mid January followed by donation of 4 ambulances and 6 K2700/Frontier commercial trucks in early February. The total amount of Kia’s relief assistance is worth $110,000 USD.
Yong-Hwan Kim, Kia’s COO and Head of the International Business Division, commented “The earthquake in Iran is a tragedy for all and our heartfelt condolences are sent to the people of Iran.” He added, “As a global corporate citizen we are obligated to assist in the recovery efforts to aid the people of Iran at this very difficult time.”
Kia has maintained an assembly operation in Iran since 1993 in partnership with the SAIPA Corporation of Iran. In 2003 Kia shipped 150,000 Pride assembly kits to Iran. In 2004 Kia will introduce the Rio small passenger car for knock-down production.
Kia Motors Corporation (www.kiamotors.com) is among the world's fastest growing automobile companies. As part of the Hyundai-Kia Automotive Group, Kia aims to be a top five global automaker by 2010. Kia's 15 manufacturing and assembly operations in 12 countries make more than a million vehicles a year that are sold and serviced through a network of distributors and dealers covering 190 countries. Founded in 1944, Kia is Korea's oldest manufacturer of automobiles. Kia today has 30,000 employees and annual revenues of $12 billion. It is the major sponsor of the Australian Tennis Open and the international sponsor of the Davis Cup for the Euro/Africa zone.