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Kia European Plant Produced Over 140,000 Cars In First Year
Kia’s European manufacturing plant produced over 140.000 cars in its first year of full production.
Production at the Kia Motors Slovakia plant began in December 2006 with the launch of the cee’d five-door model.
In June 2007, the Sportage sports and utility model was introduced, followed by a family cee’d SW only a month later.
The newest model at the Kia plant in Slovakia is the three-door pro_cee’d.
In the near future, Kia will also start production of the small MPV model that will be sold exclusively in Europe.
All models are made on the same lines in mixed production.
According to company president and CEO In-Kyu Bae, especially important for Kia Motors were the smooth production launches of the various models and the achievement of a high level of quality and productivity.
At present, Kia Motors Slovakia has 2,700 employees, of which 2,350 are directly employed in production, with the rest working as engineers and administrative staff.
The Kia plant is the only car factory in Slovakia with its own engine production, producing four engine types – two petrols and two diesels. The plant is currently producing some 750 cars per day on average.