Managing Director, Jason Westwood and Chairman of Kia Motors (UK) Ltd, Mr S.I. Lee officially opened the new Dealership on 11th March 2004 and since opening as a Kia franchise we have become one of the largest retailers of Kia vehicles in the network.
The purpose built air conditioned dealership on a 1.6 acre plot which has over 150 Used All Make vehicles on site, has the largest choice of new and used cars in the South East.
We are open 7 days a week and we look forward to welcoming you at Westdrive Kia soon.
Simon Corby is the toast of Braintree
as he wins medal at UK heat of Kia Motors Service Advisor Skills World Cup
This week, at the Kia Academy Training Centre in Nottingham, Simon Corby of Westdrive Kia in Braintree, competed in the UK heat of the Kia Motors Service Advisor Skills World Cup, taking the silver medal after delivering impressive results across the board. His success will see him now represent the UK in South Korea alongside the gold medal winner Michael Brooks from Bolton Kia, to go for the world title.
Simon took part in practical and theoretical tests over the course of a day and was selected based upon his outstanding performance in a number of tasks designed to assess competencies and skills on customer handling and the Kia service process.
From contenders across Kia’s 172-strong UK dealer network, all seven finalists showed very high levels of family like care in the UK heat of the Service Advisor Skills World Cup, however Simon stood out with his professional and systematic approach and is now invited to represent the country in Seoul, South Korea in June 2013. This high profile and prestigious competition will involve Kia Service Advisors from around the world taking part in practical and theoretical test scenarios.
As well as having the opportunity to experience a week of Korean hospitality and culture in a five-star hotel, take a factory tour and visit the Kia Training Centre in Chonan, if he wins, he will receive 3000 US Dollars in addition to being crowned “The World’s Top Kia Service Advisor”.
Simon commented: “I am very honoured by this; it was a terrific and talented group to be a part of. I’m looking forward to taking the medal home to Westdrive Kia.”
Simon Hetherington, Business Development Director at Kia Motors UK, added: “We’re very proud of Simon. This achievement is a testament to his hard work and positive attitude as well as a reflection of the training provided by Kia; they set a great example for everybody to learn from.”
Lucky Essex local wins brand new Kia Picanto Equinox
Susan Martin with husband Paul as she collected her prize from Westdrive Kia after winning Kia’s Take Me Out competition.
Kia Motors UK is delighted to announce the lucky winner of its Take Me Out competition. Susan Martin from Bocking, Essex, picked up her brand new Kia Picanto Equinox at the Westdrive Kia dealership in Braintree this week. The keys were handed over by Andy Phillips, Dealer Principal at the dealership.
To win the Picanto Equinox, Susan visited the Kia Motors UK Facebook page and selected her favourite out of ten videos showing men trying to win over a lady with their best chat up line. Susan went for a true classic: "20 tonne penguin! That’s the ice broken."
When learning of her win, Susan couldn’t quite believe her luck; she commented: "This is the first time I’ve ever won anything in my life. When I told my husband, he thought I was pulling his leg at first. I love my new Kia Picanto and I’m absolutely thrilled."
Andy Phillips of Westdrive Kia was proud to be handing over the keys to a local couple. He said: "We at Westdrive Kia are delighted that the winner of Kia’s Take Me Out competition is from the Braintree area. The Kia Picanto Equinox is the perfect car for anyone who is looking to combine luxury and safety with a reduction of CO2 emissions. I hope that Susan and Paul will enjoy their new Kia Picanto Equinox for a long time to come."
Westdrive Kia named as Platinum Status dealer
Westdrive Kia, have been named one of the top dealerships not just in the UK, but across the whole of Europe! Westdrive were pitted against 1,700 Kia dealers across the European network and came out on top to win prestigious platinum dealer status. Jason Westwood, Managing Director collected the award at the Europe-wide Kia Dealer Excellence Awards ceremony in Vienna recently.
Westdrive were judged on three different criteria: customer satisfaction, sales of both new and used cars and their overall dealer excellence, which is a combination of the former two factors along with the franchise standards which Kia agrees with the dealer to ensure uniformity across the network.
Proving they have what it takes and can successfully balance both high sales and high levels of customer satisfaction, Westdrive were pitted against approximately 1,700 dealers across Europe, and were just one of four dealers in the UK, and one of 30 overall, to be classed as a Platinum dealer.
Jason Westwood explains the significance of the platinum status: "It’s fantastic to have been recognised not only for our hard work in selling cars, but through our customer satisfaction results as well. The awards are based on real customer feedback, and so everyone who has bought a Kia over the past year has been a judge for these awards, it’s not some faceless panel, which is what makes this platinum status all the more important to us."
With 0% finance; a range starting from only £6,635; an industry best 7 year bumper-to-bumper warranty across its entire range and models in the £35 VED bracket, Westdrive Kia is a platinum status dealer to all its customers as well.