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Kia Motors UK President To Head Up Kia Motors Europe

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Mr Sun-Young Kim

WEYBRIDGE, United Kingdom – January 8, 2009: Kia Motors Europe is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Sun-Young Kim to the position of President Kia Motors Europe (KME) with immediate effect.

Mr Kim joins KME from his position as President and CEO of Kia Motors (UK) Ltd. and brings a wealth of diverse executive experience to Kia’s European operations having worked in the automotive industry in Korea, the USA, Belgium and the UK.

Appointed President and CEO of Kia UK in January 2007, Mr Kim oversaw annual sales growth which outperformed the market trend during his two years with the company.

Born in February 1955, Mr Kim joined Hyundai Engineering & Construction Ltd in 1981 and subsequently held senior executive positions at the Hyundai Corporations headquarters in Seoul and at Hyundai Motors America.

Before heading up KMUK, Mr Kim held the position of Managing Director at Hyundai Mobis – Korea’s largest components manufacturer - in Belgium, and previously worked as Vice President of their International Business Division, based in Seoul.

The 53-year old Mr Kim is married with two children and is an enthusiastic golfer in his spare time.

Mr Kim’s predecessor at KME, Mr Kwang-Ho Nam, is returning to Kia Motors Corporation in Korea, to take up a new executive position.