KIA new breakdown assistance on hybrids and EVs

Kia Ireland has agree with AA Ireland to provide breakdown assistance to those who purchase the new Kia Niro Hybrid, marking a significant step forward for the motoring organisation and the future of the industry in Ireland.

The partnership, which will see those purchasing the Kia Niro Hybrid receive 3 years breakdown assistance is the latest move by AA Ireland to expand its presence in the hybrid/electric car breakdowns sector. Encouraged by international trends highlighting growing interest in hybrid and electric vehicles, the AA has also invested significantly in ensuring that its breakdown technicians have received training in the latest car technologies.

Pictured (L-R) is Dave Murphy, Business Services Manager with AA Ireland with David O’Connor, Head of Aftersales at KIA Ireland.

David Murphy, Business Services Manager at AA Ireland said: “We’re delighted to announce this new partnership with Kia and help play a role in guaranteeing a stress free experience for Niro owners, even if the worst happens and a breakdown occurs.Hybrid and electric vehicles are certainly the future of motoring in Ireland but the AA is committed to ensuring that those who currently own these types of car won’t suffer any consequences if a breakdown strikes.”

Murphy added: “AA handles thousands of car breakdowns every month in all weathers. We are starting to see electric cars turning up in our calls for assistance. Electric cars have some specific challenges but AA Patrols are trained and carry special equipment and are always available to help.” 

While more and more electric and hybrid cars are expected to appear on Irish roads in the coming years, AA Rescue added that hybrid and electric vehicles develop very similar breakdown issues to conventional vehicles, such as punctured tyres, in addition to unique issues such as loss of charge.

The Kia partnership represents the one of many ventures the motoring organisation has planned for 2017 in order to cater to emerging technology in the motor industry. Within the coming months, AA Ireland expects to launch a trial of dongle device which can be fitted to any car in order to track a motorist’s driving habits and, in the near future, assist in the early detection of future breakdown issues.

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