Record sales for Kia underline why it is expanding Humber import facility
By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 5 Apr 2019
KIA’S need for the recently announced expansion at Stallingborough has been underlined after the car brand set a new record for UK sales.
The South Korean manufacturer delivered 18,345 new cars in March, up 1.4 per cent on 2017, bucking the - 3.4 per cent figure seen across the board.
A first quarter total of 29,954 was also a new high, with sales to date in 2019 exceeding the pre-recession levels of 2007.
As reported, the company is increasing capacity as its sprawling specialist import facility, strategically placed between Port of Immingham and the motorway network.
A total of 17 more hectares of South Humber Bank land is to be developed by Scunthorpe’s Clugston Construction to hold a further 8,000 vehicles.
It adds a further 50 per cent to the January 2016 unveiling of the new £20-million facility, when potential further growth options were laid out.
Flashback to last month's anouncement about the expansion at Stallingborough.
Further jobs are likely to be added to the 100-strong workforce there too.
Kia’s UK performance in 2019 has out-performed the market in all three months so far and continues to be led by demand from customers for Sportage, Picanto and the all-new Ceed family.
Paul Philpott, president and chief executive of Kia Motors (UK) Ltd, who cut the first sod in a ceremony last month, said: “Our customers continue to recognise the Kia brand’s reputation for stylish, high-quality and reliable models and as we move towards an electrified future the popularity of our hybrid and plug-in-hybrid models continues to grow. We have also seen unprecedented demand for our remarkable e-Niro battery electric vehicle, even before deliveries commence.
“We will continue to strive to give our customers an outstanding ownership experience by working with our dealer partners and with further new products coming to UK shores during this year I am confident that we continue to build the strength of our brand.
“Despite the ongoing uncertainty we are currently facing around the UK’s departure from the European Union we shall seek to provide our customers with a broad range of attractive, excellent-value vehicles that deliver certainty for their motoring needs.”
The new facility is scheduled to be complete in November. Works will include a road bridge and separate transporter entrance, with more than 200,000 tonnes of soil to be moved, with 33,000 tonnes of tarmac laid, on top of which will come 43 miles of painted white lines.
Kia is also investigating options for Solar PV generation which will support its battery charging facilities for its range of electric and hybrid models.