In­ter­na­tional Kia of Or­land Opens New Fa­cil­ity

Chicago Sun-Times - - DRIVE - BY JOHN STEIN

In­ter­na­tional Kia of Or­land re­cently wel­comed the pub­lic to its new lo­ca­tion, 8821 W. 159th St. in Or­land Hills. Cel­e­brat­ing the 30,000-square-foot fa­cil­ity’s grand open­ing, Fran­cis Mauro, co-owner of In­ter­na­tional Kia, rep­re­sented the fam­ily-owned In­ter­na­tional Au­tos group and ac­cepted a plaque rec­og­niz­ing the open­ing of the all-new Kia deal­er­ship.

Mauro ac­knowl­edged the chal­lenges it takes to com­pete in the mod­ern auto mar­ket and gave credit to the en­tire team at In­ter­na­tional Kia for their ef­forts and com­mit­ment to get­ting the deal­er­ship lo­cale open for busi­ness.

In­ter­na­tional Kia Gen­eral Man­ager, Michael Castagnino says that it has been a long road get­ting to this point where they can wel­come cus­tomers into their new home. “We are ex­tremely ex­cited to be open and at this great Or­land lo­ca­tion,” he says.

For an auto group whose slo­gan is Our Or­di­nary Needs to be Ex­tra­or­di­nary, Castagnino has high hopes for the Kia deal­er­ship that fea­tures some of the in­dus­try’s most im­pres­sive ve­hi­cles. “Our slo­gan is part of the en­tire own­er­ship group,” ex­plains Castagnino. “Whether it’s a high-end lux­ury brand or our Kia deal­er­ship, there’s a com­mit­ment to ex­cel­lence and our cus­tomers can ex­pect to get the same out­stand­ing ser­vice.”

Whether it’s the new 8-pas­sen­ger Se­dona for fam­i­lies or the ex­cit­ing sporti­ness of the Stinger, Kia has been steadily grow­ing in pop­u­lar­ity over the last decade by of­fer­ing ex­cit­ing de­sign, im­pres­sive high-tech of­fer­ings and one of the best war­ranties in the in­dus­try. The ve­hi­cles Castagnino is most ex­cited about in 2019 in­clude the Stinger and the Forte.

Ac­cord­ing to Castagnino, the rea­son for the steady growth of the Kia brand is the value it of­fers cus­tomers. “Peo­ple work re­ally hard for their money and we want them to have a great ex­pe­ri­ence with Kia,” he says, not­ing the in­dus­try-lead­ing war­ranty that backs up the brand’s value. “Kia re­ally stands be­hind its ve­hi­cles.”

The new In­ter­na­tional Kia of Or­land fa­cil­ity will fea­ture a con­tem­po­rary show­room floor space that can show­case 10 ve­hi­cles. In ad­di­tion, Castagnino says that dur­ing the win­ter months, the ser­vice area is uti­lized to ex­pand the view­ing space for cus­tomers so they can avoid any in­clement weather. In ad­di­tion to the show­room space, In­ter­na­tional Kia will have 16 ser­vice bays avail­able and a ca­pac­ity to han­dle more than 50 ve­hi­cles a day.

Asked about the Or­land-area mar­ket, Castagnino says it is a great place to be lo­cated. “We are re­ally ex­cited to be open­ing up here in Or­land. It is a great lo­ca­tion with im­pres­sive de­mo­graph­ics and a lot of traf­fic on 159th,” he says.

Castagnino says the fa­cil­ity of­fers all sorts of crea­ture com­forts for cus­tomers. From food and drink avail­abil­ity to charg­ing sta­tions and big screen TVs, the Kia com­mit­ment to a great cus­tomer ex­pe­ri­ence is strong. Cus­tomers will also en­joy com­pli­men­tary loaners and home pickup and drop-off ser­vices.

(Pic­tured l to r) Scott Fitzger­ald, di­rec­tor Kia Cen­tral Re­gion; Fran­cis Mauro, co-owner In­ter­na­tional Kia; and Wil­liam Pef­fer, vice pres­i­dent U.S. Kia sales, pose with the plaque rec­og­niz­ing the open­ing of the Or­land Kia fa­cil­ity.

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