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Kia Master Technicians Vie for Skill National Cup Title


Top Technicians to Represent U.S. during Kia Skill World Cup Competition

  • The biennial Kia Skill Cup foe promotes high-quality use and superb patron compensation practices

  • Competition encourages technicians to say modernized evidence skills
  • IRVINE, Calif., May 31, 2012 – Kia University, a training arm of Kia Motors America (KMA), hosted a biennial Kia Skill National Cup foe during a company’s domicile in Irvine, Calif., to establish a tip master-level technicians from any of a company’s 4 regions (eastern, southern, executive and western). The winning technicians on a inhabitant turn will paint their particular dealerships and a U.S. during a Kia Skill World Cup, Jun 11-15 during a Chonan Technical Service Training Center in Seoul, South Korea. Kia’s Skill Cup competitions inspire technicians to file their technical skills to keep gait with a company’s engineering advancements while compelling customer-care value and veteran conduct.


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    “High-quality patron use starts with rarely trained, veteran technicians committed to diagnosing a base means of any issues and origination a required repairs on a initial visit,” pronounced John Crowe, clamp president, use and aftersale operations, KMA. “Skill Cup competitors paint a best Kia technicians from opposite a nation and around a globe, and they set a customary by that all Kia technicians are measured.”

    To validate for a competition, technicians are given a 50-question online test, that requires extensive believe of Kia’s powertrain designs, electrical systems and onboard automobile government software. Only a tip 4 test-takers in any of a 4 regions are comparison to attend in a National Skill Cup challenge, a hands-on contest, in that technicians are judged on their ability to accurately govern Kia’s five-step evidence routine and successfully correct vehicles within specified time limits. While focusing on several evidence areas, participants many particularly demonstrated their troubleshooting skills with Kia’s latest drivetrain technologies, including that of a renouned Optima Hybrid. In addition, finalists were judged on patron use criteria such as professionalism, reserve and clean-up.

    Of a 16 inhabitant finalists, usually 4 will transport to Korea to contest for a respect of Kia’s tip technician in a Kia Skill World Cup. They are Jason Powell, Fox Kia; Michael Schwartz, Kia of Lynchburg; Ken Winders, Gene Messer Kia; and Christopher Cooley, Salazar Kia. See next for a full formula of a 2012 Kia Skill National Cup.

    Central Region

    • 1st Jason Powell, Fox Kia, Grand Rapids, Mich.
    • 2nd Max Umbs, Dick Brantmeier Kia, Sheboygan, Wis.
    • 3rd Tim Clark, Jeff Belzer’s Kia, Lakeville, Minn.
    • 4th William Barcklay, Montrose Kia, Sheffield, Ohio

    Eastern Region

    • 1st Michael Schwartz, Kia of Lynchburg, Lynchburg, Va.
    • 2nd Robert Worman Jr., Lehighton Kia, Lehighton, Pa.
    • 3rd Blair Vile, Steven Kia, Harrisonburg, Va.
    • 4th Thomas Cinque, Auto World Kia, East Meadow, N.Y.

    Southern Region

    • 1st Ken Winders, Gene Messer Kia, Lubbock, Texas
    • 2nd Eddie Miller, Grindstaff Kia of Johnson City, Johnson City, Tenn.
    • 3rd Dean Dewitt, Bob Dance Kia, Merritt Island, Fla.
    • 4th Tommy Latulipe, Rusty Wallace Kia of Knoxville, Knoxville, Tenn.

    Western Region

    • 1st Christopher Cooley, Salazar Kia, Avondale, Ariz.
    • 2nd James Baker, Christopher Kia, Salt Lake, Salt Lake City
    • 3rd Thomas Cruz, The Kia Depot, Santa Ana, Calif.
    • 4th Robert Laursen, Larry H. Miller Kia Lakewood, Lakewood, Colo.

    Kia’s Unprecedented Growth
    Kia Motors is one of a world’s fastest relocating tellurian automotive brands; from 2009-2011 Kia launched some-more new vehicles in a U.S. than any other automaker, and underneath a superintendence of arch pattern officer Peter Schreyer warranted a repute as an attention personality in automotive styling. Kia Motors America’s full line of fuel-efficient and fun-to-drive cars and CUVs has warranted vicious commend and dramatically increasing consumer awareness, notice and care for a brand. In 2011, KMA accessible a 17th uninterrupted year of marketplace share growth, interjection in partial to a largest boost of any vital code in viewed quality1 and a industry’s top code faithfulness ranking2. Kia’s U.S.-based production trickery in West Point, Georgia KMMG is obliged for a origination of some-more than 10,000 plant and retailer jobs and builds dual of a company’s best-selling vehicles in a U.S. a Sorento CUV and Optima midsize sedan*. Kia’s value and technology-laden lineup also includes a Sportage compress CUV, Soul civic newcomer vehicle, Optima Hybrid, Forte compress sedan, Forte 5-door compress hatchback, Forte Koup two-door coupe, Rio and Rio 5-door sub-compacts and Sedona minivan.

    About Kia Motors America
    Kia Motors America is a selling and placement arm of Kia Motors Corporation formed in Seoul, South Korea. KMA offers a finish line of vehicles by some-more than 755 dealers via a United States and serves as a “Official Automotive Partner” of a NBA and LPGA. In 2011, KMA accessible a best-ever annual sales sum and became one of a fastest flourishing automobile companies in a U.S. Kia is staid to continue a movement and will continue to build a code by pattern innovation, quality, value, modernized reserve facilities and new technologies.

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    * The Sorento and Optima GDI (EX Trims and certain LX Trims only) and GDI Turbo are built in a United States from U.S. and globally sourced parts.
    1 Source: Automotive Lease Guide Spring 2011 Perceived Quality Study.
    2 Source: Experian Automotive Q2 2011 marketplace analysis.

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