Kia car owners in Malaysia will have to wait for another few months until the new importer and distributor is officially appointed by Kia Motor Corporation (KMC) based in South Korea.

“It should be about the 2nd half of the year. We also have to negotiate and operationalise the local assembly of new and current models,” said a senior manager participating in the formation of the new Kia car franchise in Malaysia.

The Hyundai-Kia car brand is one of the stellar performers in the global car industry, in fourth place after Toyota, VW and the Renault-Nissan Alliance.

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