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Kia Motors Slovakia records a successful first half of 2013
Frankfurt – Kia Motors Slovakia recorded a 6 per cent year-on-year
increase in output, producing 158,900 cars at its Zilina, Slovakia
facility during the first half of 2013. The company 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 have we 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
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 (over 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 1 per cent
of output is sold in Slovakia.
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 over 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