NORTH HILLS, Calif. — Galpin Motors today announced the opening of its latest franchise, making the auto retailer the exclusive Kia dealership in the San Fernando Valley.

Galpin Kia includes both sales and service and is located in North Hills, Calif., on Sepulveda Boulevard, just adjacent to Galpin’s main campus on Roscoe Boulevard. The dealership officially opened on Oct. 24, 2016, and had its first customer that same day.

“We couldn’t be more excited about the opening of our Kia dealership,” said Beau Boeckmann, president and COO of Galpin Motors. “I just returned from Seoul, Korea, where I was able to see the amazing Kia factory, its beautiful cars and wonderful designs. The automaker has been incredibly successful at building a line of stylish, quality cars that are still attainable for consumers. Having a Korean family, I feel especially honored to add a Korean brand into our Galpin family.”

Galpin Kia, which finished the month of May as the No. 8 Kia dealer in the country, is the twelfth franchise to join Galpin’s family of brands. They include Ford, Lincoln, Mazda, Aston Martin, Honda, Subaru, Volkswagen, Lotus, Volvo, Jaguar and Spyker. The company also includes its well-known customizing shop, Galpin Auto Sports (GAS) — the former home to MTV’s Pimp My Ride.

The Kia dealership will operate out of a spacious 10,000-square-foot temporary facility while the permanent showroom is being built, according to officials.