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Korea donates three SUVS to J'can gov't

KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — The Republic of Korea has donated three motor vehicles valued at US$100,000 to the Government of Jamaica.

The gift was made possible through the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), a government-funded agency dedicated to providing grant-aid programmes for the sustainable socio-economic development of partner countries.

Chargé d'Affaires at the Embassy of the Republic of Korea, Lee Young-Gyu, formally handed over the Hyundai Santa Fe sport utility vehicles (SUVs) during a ceremony at the Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Ministry's Dominica Drive headquarters on September 13.

The Foreign Ministry received one of the vehicles, with the others going to the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, and the Ministry of Health.

Permanent Secretary in the Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Ministry, Ambassador Marcia Gilbert-Roberts, said the Government of Jamaica is grateful for the donation, noting that it comes at a time when Korea is trying to rationalise its development assistance.

“The Government of Jamaica has taken note of this, and I can assure you that we are committed to strengthening our strategic bilateral partnership with the Republic of Korea,” she noted.

Lee said he was happy to present the vehicles as “a humble token of Korea's support for Jamaica's continuous development and success”.

He reaffirmed Korea's commitment to implementing tangible projects in various areas so as to enhance relations between the countries.

Noting the resilience of the Jamaican people in times of challenges, he said that Koreans have a similar spirit.

“Like Jamaicans, we Koreans never give up. We Koreans are 'tallawah'… and we continue to endure and overcome challenges in order to achieve success,” he said.

“Let us push forward and find common ground for cooperation and projects. Let us be strong in our collaboration, so that we can both achieve mutual success. Let us be tallawah,” he added.

Bilateral relations between Korea and Jamaica began in 1962.

Magna celebrates second anniversary

MAGNA Motors, local dealers for the Hyundai automotive and commercial brands, celebrated their second year in Jamaica with a church service at the St Andrew Parish Church in Half-Way-Tree last Sunday.

“Recently we commemorated our second anniversary with a church service at the St Andrew Parish Church to give the Lord thanks for the continued blessings bestowed on the Magna team, under the guidance of Father Orlando Gayle,” Carlos Geourzoung, sales manager at Magna Motors Dealership Limited, told Jamaica Observer's Auto magazine.

According to Geourzoung, since Magna's start in August 2015, the brand has made great strides in changing the perception of the Hyundai brand in Jamaica.

“Our good work has certainly given rise to industry growth, contributing to what was at the end of 2016 a 29.5 per cent growth in the market. We finished the year remarkably in fifth place among the top competitors in the island, and we have moved up to fourth place currently. Last year we were ranked number three within the Latin American market and received awards for 'Most Improved' and great performance in customer satisfaction,” he said.

Their efforts haven't gone unnoticed by the parent company as well.

“Our service department has performed exceptionally well and their efforts have been recognised by the Hyundai Motor Company in South Korea,” he said.

Geourzoung went on to elaborate on the company's plans for 2017 and beyond.

“We're now coming to the end of what was a three-month 'Unwrap', an early Christmas present sale which was an opportunity for our customers to save for an end of year bonus, while we took care of their monthly payments up to December 2017. We will continually give you #reasonstodrive. In the short term, we'll unveil product enhancements, feature developments, and as usual, great deals. In the long term new models and exciting ventures.”

Santa Fe, all the way

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However, value per passenger isn't the only trick up the Hyundai's sleeve. While styling is similar to the smaller Tucson, it retains the taut muscular lines that give it a rakish, slimmed, hip athletic look. In all, a handsome machine that does turn a head or two as it offers an upscale Euro-appeal from certain angles.

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For the present model, the character lines throughout the body have become sharper and the vehicle's overall appearance seems slimmer than previous generations.

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