Ssangyong Boosts Sales Staff as Tivoli Takes Off

      March 11, 2015 12:28

      Ssangyong Motor is recruiting 300 new sales staffers for the first time in about six years since 2009.

      Dealerships nationwide have seen a personnel shortage after selling more than 10,000 of the Tivoli compact SUVs in less than two months after it was rolled out early this year.

      "We're recruiting 300 sales staffers nationwide until March 23," an executive said Monday. "This is the first time we've ever recruited staff on such a massive scale since the strike in 2009" when the company was on the auction block.

      But the new staffers will not be regular employees for Ssangyong, but work for dealerships as individual business operators.

      Ssangyong plans at the same time to increase the number of dealerships nationwide from the current 180 to 200 by year's end, considering the recent sales upswing.

      Spurred by the popularity, the automaker will roll out three more versions of the Tivoli in June.

      Ssangyong will also release a "long-body" seven-seater version at the end of this year by stretching the fiver-seater by about 300 mm.

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