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News   September 6, 2019   by Allan Janssen

Kia Canada welcomes Sungwon Kwon as new president, CEO


Sungwon Kwon, President & CEO, Kia Canada

Kia Canada Inc. has a new president and CEO.

Sungwon Kwon joins Kia Canada from his previous role with the Americas Group at Kia Motors Corporation in Korea.

He takes over from Kyle Lee who is leaving Kia Canada Inc. to take on the role of President and CEO of Kia Motors Central & South America Headquarters (KMCSA).

“On behalf of our entire organization and dealers across the country, I would like to thank Mr. Lee for this tremendous efforts and leadership here in Canada and wish him luck in his new role,” said Elias El-Achhab, vice president and chief operating officer of Kia Canada Inc. “As a young brand celebrating just our 20th year in Canada, we have come a long way in recent years and are we are thrilled to welcome Mr. Kwon to the team and know that his experience and expertise will help us ensure that our product offering matches the demand of Canadian consumers. After a strong summer and a fantastic August, Mr. Kwon’s leadership comes at the perfect time as we work to ensure that we keep the momentum going into the fourth quarter and 2020.”

Kia Canada Inc. reported today 7,640 total vehicles sold for the month of August, a 3 per cent increase over the same time period in 2018.  August’s results were led by Forte (1,726 units), Sorento (1,406 units) and Sportage (1,336 units), representing 40.8, 15.8 and 3.9 per cent year-over-year increases respectively. August also represented a strong month for Kia’s two electric vehicles, the Kia Niro and Kia Soul, with 244 units sold with zero emissions.