Kia Motors’ parent Automotive Group donates US$100,000 to aid victims of Indonesia earthquake

Published June 21st, 2006 - 11:58 GMT
Al Bawaba
Al Bawaba

Al Majid Motors Co. (Member of Juma Al Majid Group), the sole distributor for Kia vehicles in the UAE announced today that Kia Motors’ parent Automotive Group, Korea’s largest automobile manufacturing group, has donated US$100,000 to support relief efforts for victims of the catastrophic earthquake that hit Indonesia on May 27, 2006

Kia Motors Corporation donated the relief effort at a ceremony held yesterday at the Indonesia Ministry of Social Affairs.

Kia Motors Senior Executive Vice President and COO Jung-Moon Park said, “Our sincere thoughts and prayers go out to all of those affected by the recent tragedy in Indonesia. We hope that our assistance will help speed up the ongoing relief efforts and make a difference in the lives of as many Indonesians as possible.”

“Our hearts go out to all the families of the missing and injured in this tragic event. All of our thoughts and prayers are with you”, expressed Mr. Samir Tayeh, General Manager of Al Majid Motors Co

In the past, Kia Motors’ parent Automotive Group has been an active participant in providing emergency assistance to various disaster relief efforts around the world in the form of funds, ambulances, relief goods and other aid. The Group donated $200,000 to the Philippine government following the devastating landslide in February of this year.


The Group also donated US$534,000 to India and US$150,000 each to the authorities in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, and Sri Lanka following the tsunami that hit Southeast Asia in December 2004. It also provided US$370,000 worth of free vehicle repairs and parts supply to the affected nations, while 5,000 local Group employees and dealers joined in the relief effort.

Furthermore, the company provided support for victims of the Iran and Algeria earthquakes in 2003 as well as the Pakistan earthquake in 2005.

Photo caption: Indonesian Minister for Social Affairs Bachtiar Chamsyah (center) accepts a US$100,000 donation from President of Kia Motors Asia and Pacific Regional Headquarters Jae-Ho Moon (second from left) at a ceremony held June 6, 2006 at the Ministry of Social Affairs in Jakarta.

Kia Motors Corporation ( or -- one of the fastest growing automakers in the world -- was founded in 1944 and is Korea’s oldest manufacturer of motor vehicles. As part of the Hyundai-Kia Automotive Group, Kia aims to become one of the world’s premier automotive brands. Kia’s 12 manufacturing and assembly operations in 7 countries produce more than 1.1 million vehicles a year that are sold and serviced through a network of distributors and dealers covering 160 countries. Kia today has over 32,500 employees and annual revenues of almost $16 billion. It is the major sponsor of the Australian Tennis Open and an official worldwide sponsor of the Davis Cup. From 2007 to 2014, Kia will be an official automotive partner of FIFA -- the governing body of the FIFA World Cup. Kia Motors Corporation’s brand slogan -- “The Power to Surprise” -- represents the company’s global commitment to surpassing customer expectations through continuous automotive innovation.

Al Majid Motors Co. ( is the sole distributor for Kia vehicles in the UAE. AMMC is a member of Juma Al Majid Group, one of the most reputed business groups in the Arabian Gulf. AMMC currently sells Kia vehicles in UAE through a network of 8 showrooms, 2 dealers and 2 more new showrooms expected to be added soon.  AMMC currently have 5.8% market share in the UAE.  To attend the ever growing KIA customers in UAE, AMMC has a total fleet of 12 service centres and 15 parts centres. Al Majid Motors Co is celebrating its 17th year of operation in UAE.

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