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Latest news: Kia cutting overseas production, US plant preceeding
Here are some interesting Kia Motors related news that popped up on the web during this week. I did not reported on them until now, so here is an opportunity to find out about Kia’s activities in different parts of the world.
Kia cutting overseas production
Kia Motors has had to cut overseas production at it’s European and China plants as global recession bites into auto demand around the world. Kia initially planned to build 225,000 vehicles at the Slovakia factory and 160,000 units in China this year, but has scaled down production for several thousand units.
US Kia plant on schedule
South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported Wednesday, citing a source it did not identify, that Kia could delay the start of manufacturing at the factory in West Point, Georgia because of rising inventories resulting from the slowing global economy.
But Mr. Michael Choo, Kia’s spokesperson, has already denied the talk and told no change has been made to the schedule to complete the US Georgia plant by the end of November 2009. He also said that production is planned to commence in December of the same year.
Kia Motors Australia appoints new CEO
Kia Motors Australia has appointed Mr. Terry Im as the company’s new President & Chief Executive Officer. In addition to becoming President & CEO of Kia Motors Australia, Mr. Im retains his existing position as regional Managing Director for Kia Motors in Asia, and also takes responsibility for leading Kia Motors in New Zealand and Pacific countries.
Mr. Im brings to his new role more than 20 years’ experience in the automotive industry, including experience in North America and Asia. Prior to his appointment to the Asia regional headquarters role, Mr. Im held positions at KMC headquarters in Seoul and at Kia Motors America.
Kia Mohave launched in Kuwait
Kia Motors recently launched its new Mohave SUV in Kuwait. Dr Sulman Asoussi, Quality Production Vice Chairman-General Consultant, said for Kia it is “a dream come true”. He added the Mohave is a strong car and best suited for Kuwait’s seasons. Since the establishment of Kia Motors in Kuwait in 1997, more than 40,000 Kia cars have been sold, with the Kia accounting for five percent of Kuwait’s car market
Updated Kia website
Kia Motors America has updated it’s official website. Actually, it has been completely redesigned, so check it out: Kia Motors America.