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Flear and Thompson sells Kia’s one millionth UK car

Philpott announced the landmark was about to be reached during Kia’s National Dealer Conference in Liverpool – the brand’s biggest-ever event with more than 850 delegates from the 192-strong dealer network attending.

Flear and Thompson, a Kia dealer in Dunfermline, has sold Kia’s milestone one millionth car in the UK.

Dr Fergus Duncan become the owner of a blue Sportage GT-Line model.

The first car Kia sold in the UK was a Pride compact car back in 1991 and the Korean brand sold 1,786 vehicles in its first year.

In the marque’s first decade in the UK just under 50,000 cars were sold. After 20 years Kia had delivered 372,000 cars to UK customers.

The sales-pace accelerated after the opening of the company’s plant in Slovakia in 2006 and during the last eight years around 626,000 cars have come to the UK.

Paul Philpott, president and chief executive at Kia in the UK said: “This is a remarkable milestone and all of us at Kia are extremely proud to have reached this momentous moment inside three decades.”

The Kia brand started in the UK with sensible, budget-focused vehicles but during the last decade in particular its customer-base has grown on the back of design led models backed by a seven year warranty.

Philpott said: “I don’t know just when we will reach the two million mark, but we are all looking forward to the journey to that point and it will be an exciting ride that I am sure will see the nature of the motoring world change quite considerably.”



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