• Zilina plant manufactured 158,900 vehicles from January to June 2013
• Output represents 6 per-cent year-on-year growth for the six month period
• Kia is currently at full production capacity for the first time in its history
(SEOUL) July 19, 2013 – Kia Motors Slovakia recorded a 6 per cent year-on-year increase in production, producing 158,900 cars at its Zilina, Slovakia, facility during the first half of 2013.
The plant which supplies Kia Sportage and the new pro_cee’d GT turbo to Australia started production of the all-new Kia pro_cee’d three-door model in February, followed by the higher performance Kia pro_cee’d GT and five-door Kia cee’d GT models at the end of May. The plant is now operating at full production capacity for the first time ever.
Kia Motors Slovakia also produced more than 253,200 gasoline and diesel engines for the first six months of 2013, a 6.7 per cent increase over the same period last year.
"We are grateful that despite the less than favourable situation of the automotive market, European customers still appreciate Kia’s offer that combines top quality, attractive design and great value for money,” said Eek-Hee Lee, President and CEO of Kia Motors Slovakia.
“Only thanks to their trust in Kia we have been able to achieve a 6 per cent year-on-year production increase, with almost 160,000 cars manufactured in the first half of the year.
“We believe that the new models launched this year will support us remaining at full production capacity.”
Kia’s Zilina facility produces the second-generation Kia cee’d, the Kia Sportage sport utility vehicle, and the practical B-segment MPV, the Kia Venga. Kia Sportage accounted for almost 48 per cent of the overall production output in the first half of 2013.
The majority of the remainder is made up of the Kia cee'd models (more than 42 per cent), while the Kia Venga represents 10 per cent of production. Most of these cars were exported to Russia (24 per cent), the UK (14 per cent), Germany (9 per cent), France (5 per cent) and Italy (5 per cent). Almost one per cent of output is sold in Slovakia.
In the first half of 2013, Kia also manufactured 133,100 gasoline engines (53 per cent of total engine output), the most popular variant being the 1.6-litre GDi gasoline engine, and more than 120,100 diesel engines (47 per cent). Of total engine production output, 47 per cent was supplied to sister company, Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Czech, in the Czech Republic.
Founded in 1944 as Kyungsung Precision Industry, Kia is currently Korea’s second largest car manufacturer and it’s oldest. From the company’s production of Korea’s first domestic bicycle, Kia moved on to producing Korea’s first motorcycle and the country’s first truck. Kia then became the first company in Korea to locally produce petrol car engines and the first domestic diesel engine. In 1979, Kia’s quality car production was recognised by the fact that two of the world’s leading European car makers chose the Korean car maker to build their ‘range topper’ models on their behalf – the Peugeot 604 and Fiat 132. But it was in the 1980s that Kia’s growth really took off. In 1986 Ford joined the list of car makers who looked to Kia to produce cars to be sold under their name, with the Festiva joining Ford’s line up first in the USA, then across the world, including in Australia for where Kia produced two generations of Ford’s entry-level car. Today, Kia produces a remarkably diverse range of vehicles sold in 190 countries around the world.