May 9, 2006

Kia to begin trial production at Slovakia plant

Seoul, South Korea – Kia Motors Corporation has announced that construction of its manufacturing facility in Zilina, Slovakia has been completed and that initial production trials will begin later this month. The plant, built at a cost of 1 billion Euros, is Kia’s first manufacturing facility in Europe, and is scheduled to go into mass production by the end of this year.

A new C-segment model will be the first Kia produced in Europe specifically in line with the requirements of European customers. The company has already hired over 1,200 employees, and expects to have up to 3,000 workers by 2009 with a three-shift operation. The plant’s ultimate capacity will be 300,000 units per year, divided between C-segment cars and small SUVs. Kia will be the only global automotive company to manufacture engines in Slovakia, producing gasoline and diesel engines.

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