Published: 07 Dec 2015

New franchise manager takes over the reins at Jennings Kia

Jennings Kia, part of the multi-award winning Jennings Motor Group, has announced a new manager at its dealership in Washington.

David Phillips, from Wardley in Gateshead, has taken over as franchise manager at the Parsons Road branch.

This is the third promotion for loyal employee, David, whose career started with Jennings Motor Group 16 years ago when he was appointed as a sales executive at the group’s Ford dealership in Gateshead.

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In 2004, David’s hard work was recognised with his first promotion to business manager at the Gateshead dealership.  The role entailed being responsible for all aspects of customer finance. 

Business expansion and investment plans resulted in the group officially opening its first Kia dealership in Washington in 2011, which saw another promotion for dedicated David who transferred from the Ford branch in Gateshead to take on the new role of sales controller/business manager at the Kia site on Parsons Road.

The valuable experience and knowledge he has gained over the years has contributed towards his on-going success and most recent promotion to franchise manager at the Jennings Kia dealership.

As franchise manager, David will be responsible for the day-to-day running of the dealership, which will entail heading a ten-strong team, in addition to being responsible for achieving monthly and quarterly sales objectives set out by Kia Motors and ensuring the highest level of customer service is delivered at all times by staff.

David said; “The Kia brand offers high quality, attractive, affordable and stylish products, which also come with the manufacturer’s market-leading seven-year peace of mind warranty package.”

The Jennings Kia dealership houses the full new Kia model line-up with everything from the Picanto, Rio, Soul, Venga, cee’d GT, new cee’d, cee’d Sportswagon, new pro_cee’d and pro_cee’d GT to the Optima, Carens, Sportage and all-new Sorento on display and available to test drive.

Customers visiting the dealership recently have been taking advantage of an entirely new sporty trim level available.

The new Kia cee’d GT Line, which debuted at the Geneva Motor Show in March this year, is the first car in Kia’s range to feature the manufacturer’s new, three-cylinder 1.0-litre T-GDi engine and seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.

Customers looking for a sportier style can take their pick from three body types, including the five-door cee’d, three-door pro_cee’d and the cee’d Sportswagon.

David added; “The new Kia GT Line offers buyers the sporty looks of the high performance Kia cee’d GT and pro_cee’d GT and the versatility of the conventional cee’d and pro_cee’d family with enhanced power and efficiency.”

In addition to selling the new Kia model range, customers in the market for a quality used car can take advantage of an extensive display available at the Jennings Kia dealership.

As an accredited Motability dealer, those who are eligible to lease a new car through Kia’s Motability programme, can also choose from a wide range of models at the branch, in addition to a team of dedicated Motability specialists who are on hand to give professional advice.   

The Parsons Road site in Washington also houses a service department, where Kia trained technicians are on site to service and MOT vehicles, using the latest tools and diagnostic equipment, in addition to a parts department selling genuine Kia parts.

For more information about the range of products and services available at Jennings Kia, customers can call into the Parsons Road dealership or contact 0333 414 9750.

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