KIA out in full force
DESPITE a fire the day before, KIA Motors was still able to appear at the 2013 Jamaica Motor Show at the Police Officers’ Club on Hope Road in St Andrew on Saturday.
The Chelsea Avenue-based KIA displayed nine models for sale at the event and mounted a similar exhibition at Rebel Salute in St Ann the very same day.
"We are still 100 per cent operational. The situation won't affect our major services," said Dwight Moore, KIA’s CEO. The dealership has operated in Jamaica for eight years.
"KIA sold three cars on Saturday, the last of which we will deliver at the end of this week. And, on that basis, I would say the show went very well. The Jamaica Motor Show is the type of event to generate sales, but it was exciting for the attendees as well," he said.
Moore said no inventory was damaged as the blaze occurred in the body shop section of their service department. He said the cost of damage or cause of the fire has yet to be determined.
He used the opportunity to thank the firemen.
"I thank the fire services. They had five trucks on hand and fire personnel braved the smoke to put the flames out," he said. "We also got help from a competitor who provided drivers to assist with moving some vehicles."