- Korea’s largest automotive group aims to help quicken recovery effort
(SEOUL) June 7, 2006 -- The Hyundai-Kia Automotive Group, Korea’s largest automobile manufacturing group, announced today that it has donated US$100,000 to support relief efforts for victims of the catastrophic earthquake that hit Indonesia on May 27, 2006.
Kia Motors Corporation and Hyundai Motor Company donated US$40,000 and $60,000, respectively, to the relief effort at a ceremony held yesterday at the Indonesia Ministry of Social Affairs.
Kia Motors Senior Executive Vice President and COO Jung-Moon Park said, “Our sincere thoughts and prayers go out to all of those affected by the recent tragedy in Indonesia. We hope that our assistance will help speed up the ongoing relief efforts and make a difference in the lives of as many Indonesians as possible.”
In the past, Hyundai-Kia Automotive Group has been an active participant in providing emergency assistance to various disaster relief efforts around the world in the form of funds, ambulances, relief goods and other aid. The Group donated $200,000 to the Philippine government following the devastating landslide in February of this year.
The Group also donated US$534,000 to India and US$150,000 each to the authorities in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, and Sri Lanka following the tsunami that hit Southeast Asia in December 2004. It also provided US$370,000 worth of free vehicle repairs and parts supply to the affected nations, while 5,000 local Hyundai-Kia Automotive Group employees and dealers joined in the relief effort.
Furthermore, the company provided support for victims of the Iran and Algeria earthquakes in 2003 as well as the Pakistan earthquake in 2005.
Photo caption: Indonesian Minister for Social Affairs Bachtiar Chamsyah (center) accepts a US$100,000 donation from President of Kia Motors Asia and Pacific Regional Headquarters Jae-Ho Moon (second from left) and President of Hyundai Motor Asia Regional Headquarters Il-Sung Seo (second from right) at a ceremony held June 6, 2006 at the Ministry of Social Affairs in Jakarta.
Kia Motors Corporation (www.kiamotors.com or www.kia.com) -- one of the fastest growing automakers in the world -- was founded in 1944 and is Korea’s oldest manufacturer of motor vehicles. As part of the Hyundai-Kia Automotive Group, Kia aims to become one of the world’s premier automotive brands. Kia’s 12 manufacturing and assembly operations in 7 countries produce more than 1.1 million vehicles a year that are sold and serviced through a network of distributors and dealers covering 160 countries. Kia today has over 32,500 employees and annual revenues of almost $16 billion. It is the major sponsor of the Australian Tennis Open and an official worldwide sponsor of the Davis Cup. From 2007 to 2014, Kia will be an official automotive partner of FIFA -- the governing body of the FIFA World Cup. Kia Motors Corporation’s brand slogan -- “The Power to Surprise” -- represents the company’s global commitment to surpassing customer expectations through continuous automotive innovation.