Shelbourne Motors has today, Tuesday 3rd July 2018, announced a partnership with Kia Motors (UK) to bring the global car manufacturer to its new £5m Newry complex. Kia is the first manufacturer to be confirmed for the family-owned vehicle retailer’s new state-of-the-art multi-franchise facility that’s scheduled to open in early 2019.
The Kia partnership will see Shelbourne Motors be the dedicated dealership supplying new and used Kia vehicles to customers in the Newry and Mourne area.
The South Korean manufacturer is one of the UK’s top selling car brands, selling over 93k new vehicles in 2017. Its range includes the compact Picanto and Stonic, the mid-sized family Cee’d; the seven-seater Sorento, as well as the award-winning Sportage.
Speaking about the partnership with Shelbourne Motors, Nigel Flude, Regional Franchising Manager at Kia Motors (UK) said: “The vision for Shelbourne Motors’ new state-of-the-art facility in Newry is truly spectacular and demonstrates a major commitment to the local automotive industry by this family run business.
“Their exceptional reputation reaches far beyond Northern Ireland and we are delighted to work with such as positive and forward-thinking business that continually strives to deliver first-class sales and after-care experience to its customers.
“Newry is an extremely important location for Kia Motors (UK) and this expansion represents an exciting step for our brand. This will be the first time that Kia Motors (UK) will have a dedicated dealer supplying new and used Kia vehicles to the area.”
Shelbourne Motors’ new £5m Newry complex is a 50,000 sq ft development that will create 60 new jobs when it officially opens with an additional 100 jobs during construction.
It will include four new car showrooms, new car handover bays, lounge-style waiting area with café and a drive-thru service centre with a 28-bay service workshop.
Paul Ward, Director of Shelbourne Motors, said; “We’re delighted to partner with Kia Motors (UK) to announce one of the world’s most popular car brands as the first franchise at our new £5m custom-built facility in Newry.
“This is a real statement of intent by Shelbourne Motors. Kia is synonymous with driving comfort, quality, reliability, technology, competitive pricing and the market-leading seven-year warranty.
“They are a perfect fit for us at our modern, multi-franchise complex in Newry and will undoubtedly strengthen our position as one of Northern Ireland’s largest family-owned vehicle retailers.”
Shelbourne Motors was founded by the Ward Family in 1973. It currently employs over 130 staff at its 9-acre Portadown headquarters, where it operates Toyota, Renault, Nissan and Dacia franchises, as well as a Used Car Supermarket, Accident Repair Centre and Valet Centre.