Record production levels for Kia Slovakia assembly
Zilina factory builds record 617 cee’d cars on a single day in March
24,000 cee’d cars assembled so far in 2007
Second manufacturing shift introduced 45 days ahead of schedule
Since the first cee’d five-door hatchback cars
for European customers rolled off the Zilina assembly line last
December, manufacturing at Kia’s all-new facility in Slovakia has been
setting a series of production records, with more than 24,000 cars made
so far this year.
Kia’s original goal, to ramp-up monthly output
from 5,000 during the first quarter of 2007, to 10,000 units per month
in May with the introduction of a second shift, has already been
surpassed. The first shift has been operating so efficiently - building
a record 617 cee’d cars during a single day in March - that the second
shift has now been introduced, 45 days ahead of schedule.
As the second Zilina shift builds up its pace
to the target of 60 cars per hour, Kia is planning to manufacture 12,000
cars in March - 2,000 ahead of plan - and 14,000 in May.
“Production at Zilina is progressing really
well and vehicle quality is being maintained at the very highest
standards,” commented Jean-Charles Lievens, Senior Vice President Kia
Motors Europe. “The introduction of Kia cee’d is bringing about a
qualitative revolution for the Kia brand that will change how we are
perceived by consumers across Europe.”