New-look Kia Bolton dealership readies itself for official opening (footage)

New-look Kia Bolton dealership readies itself for official opening (footage)


Kia UK clients are experiencing the Korean model’s new company id (CI) for the primary time forward of the official opening of its redeveloped dealership in Bolton.

AM paid a go to to the upgraded facility on The Linkway, Horwich, which is adjoining to Bolton Wanderers’ Macron Stadium and Middlebrook Retail and Leisure Park, to see the new-look facility.


The brand new web site will get an official opening occasion on the day of the AM Awards 2022, on Might 12, however clients are already perusing its showroom.

Kia Bolton advertising supervisor Lynsey Smethurst described the modifications as a “dramatic shift for the model” and mentioned that, whereas some ending touches have been nonetheless being utilized, clients have been “actually eager to return in and have a look”.

Within the newest (April) digital version of AM journal Kia Motors UK president and chief govt Paul Philpott revealed that the brand new CI, pioneered at Bolton and by Vertu’s Macklin Motors dealership in Edinburgh, can be launched at 40 to 50 UK retail websites this 12 months forward of a focused 2024 completion date.

And he mentioned that it felty like the appropriate time to ask Kia’s franchisees to speculate, because the model seemed to defy provide constraints to ship on a 100,000 registrations report in 2022 after franchisees achieved their strongest ever return on gross sales (RoS) determine in 2021, at 2.7%.

Kia’s new CI sees the manufacturers dealerships cut up into two distinct zones.

One space of the showroom is outlined because the show zone, whereas one other – demarcated by wood floors, picket partitions and in some circumstances picket wraparound ceilings – is a buyer expertise space that includes plenty of screens which give entry to the GForces-powered Showcase system.

Showcase is a GForces product able to showcasing Kia’s total product vary.

“If the typical showroom has bought eight automobiles in it, effectively, we have got 10 totally different fashions in our line-up, so it’s simply not attainable to indicate all the things in any of our showrooms”, mentioned Philpott.

“This permits the shopper to essentially interact with the entire product vary. And in the event that they’ve constructed a automotive on-line by kia.com they’ll then save that and name it up within the showroom atmosphere as effectively.”

Kia Bolton advantages from a separate service facility on the close by Futura Park, which can also be destined to recieve a CI improve.

The close by Middlebrook Retail and Leisure Park is the most important built-in and sustainable employment, leisure, sports activities and retail scheme within the UK, in the meantime.

Smethurst instructed AM that, whereas the positioning shouldn’t be surrounded by different automotive retailers “there’s heaps for our clients to do and our location means there’s the chance for folks to make a go to to the Kia dealership a part of their purchasing journey.”


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