Vancouver Whitecaps FC fan wins big with Kia

VANCOUVER, Oct. 25, 2016 /CNW/ - This weekend, Kia Canada Inc. demonstrated the brand's power to surprise by rewarding Vancouver resident and loyal Whitecaps FC fan, Nitin Gaba, with a one year lease on a brand new 2017 Kia Sportage.  Mr. Gaba won the vehicle by entering the "Score a Sportage" contest at Kia's 'Caps Kickoff' activation prior to a Whitecaps FC home match and is thrilled to have a new set of wheels.

"It's very exciting to have won this prize as I've never won anything before and was looking for a new car, thank you to Kia," said Mr. Nitin Gaba.

Click HERE to see members of Whitecaps FC preparing the Kia Sportage for its new home. 

Kia Canada is a proud founding partner of Vancouver Whitecaps FC and has worked with the team to grow the game of soccer in British Columbia. This summer, Kia worked with the club and the Vancouver Police Department (VPD) to host a four day, no-charge youth soccer camp. The camp was directed towards inner city youth and featured dozens of games and drills to teach kids the basics of shooting, passing, and dribbling.

"As a proud founding partner of Whitecaps FC, we're excited to award Mr. Gaba with the brand new, award-winning Kia Sportage," said Ted Lancaster, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer (COO), KIA Canada Inc.  "As a company, Kia understands the value that sports can deliver to communities and we are proud to work with Whitecaps FC and the Vancouver Police Department to give more Canadians a chance to play."

On a national level, Kia Canada Inc. is a proud founding partner of all three Canadian MLS teams and recently completed its seventh annual Drive Change initiative - a program that looks to provide the necessary means and encouragement for more kids to play the game of soccer. Through free clinics, hosted by former and current MLS stars, and a national equipment drive through Kia's staff, partners and 189 dealers, Kia and the MLS have given thousands of Canadian youth a chance to develop soccer and life skills while having fun playing one of the fastest growing team sports in Canada.

About Drive Change
As the social responsibility cornerstone to the Kia Canada Inc. brand, since its inception in 2010, Drive Change has made a profound impact in communities across Canada.  Canadians have made a difference by coordinating food drives, lending a hand at a local shelter, public park cleanups and helped contribute to what Drive Change Day stands for.  Drive Change is about making a difference, no matter how big or small the initiative is.  Kia Canada regional and head office employees participate in an annual national equipment drive and the national dealer network, comprising of 189 dealers, support the program - clearly demonstrating the company's compassionate commitment to the initiative.  

Kia Canada Inc. (www.kia.cawww.facebook.com/kiacanada), a maker of quality vehicles for the young-at-heart is a subsidiary of Kia Motors Corporation (KMC) which was founded in 1999 and sells and services high quality, class leading vehicles like the Soul, Forte, Optima and Sorento through a network of 189 dealers nationwide. Kia Canada Inc. employs 154 people in its Mississauga, Ontario headquarters and four regional offices across Canada, including a state-of-the-art facility in Montreal. Kia's brand slogan "The Power to Surprise" represents the company's global commitment to surprise the world by providing exciting & inspiring experiences that go beyond expectations.

SOURCE KIA Canada Inc.

Image with caption: "Kia Canada Inc. demonstrated the brand’s power to surprise by rewarding Vancouver resident and loyal Whitecaps FC fan, Nitin Gaba, with a one year lease on a brand new 2017 Kia Sportage (CNW Group/KIA Canada Inc.)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20161025_C2483_PHOTO_EN_803362.jpg

For further information: Mark James, Corporate Communications Manager, Kia Canada Inc., T: 905-755-6251, C: 416-660-3568, E: mjames@kia.ca; Maxime Surette, Product Communications Manager, Kia Canada Inc., T: 905-755-6272, C: 416-316-3313, E: msurette@kia.ca; John Adzija, National Manager, Corporate Communications & Corporate Partnerships, Kia Canada Inc., T: 905-755-6266, C: 905-301-6207, E: jadzija@kia.ca

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