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Manufacturing Plants

SOHARI

  • Kia’s first integrated car assembly plant
  • Opened 1973
  • 498,908 square metres
  • Capacity 340,000 vehicles per year
  • Produces Rio/Pride, Carnival/Sedona, K9/Quoris
  • 5,710 employees
  • ISO14001 certification in December 2003
  • 781-1, Soha-dong, Gwangmyeong, Gyonggi-do, South Korea

 

HWASUNG

  • Kia’s flagship manufacturing plant, originally called Asan Bay
  • Opened 1990
  • 3,199,636 square metres
  • Capacity 600,000 vehicles per year
  • Produces Cerato/Forte, K5/Optima, Sorento, Mohave/Borrego
  • 12,005 employees
  • ISO14001 certification in April 2003
  • 1714 Ihwa-ri, Ujeoung-eup, Hwaseong, Gyonggi-do, South Korea

 

 

GWANGJU

  • Joint car and commercial vehicle assembly plant, formerly the home of Asia Motors which was absorbed into Kia in 1999
  • Opened 1990 (Production there since 1965)
  • 1,022,244 square metres
  • Capacity 420,000 vehicles per year
  • Produces Soul, Carens/Rondo, Sportage, Bongo III, K-series trucks, buses, military vehicles
  • 6,675 employees
  • ISO14001 certification in November 2003
  • 700 Naebang-dong, Seo-gu, Gwangju-si, Jeollanam-do, South Korea

 

 

 

SEOSAN

  • Joint venture with Donghee Auto Company
  • Opened 2004
  • Capacity 230,000 vehicles per year
  • Produces Picanto/Morning
  • 137-2 Gahyun-ri, Seosan, Chungnam, South Korea

 

 

ŽILINA

  • Kia’s European production facility
  • Opened 2006
  • 1,886,732 square metres
  • Capacity 300,000 vehicles per year
  • Produces cee’d, cee’d Sportswagon, pro_cee’d, Sportage, Venga
  • 3,696 employees
  • ISO14001 certification in March 2011
  • Teplicka nad Vahom, Slovakia

 

 

GEORGIA

  • Kia’s US production facility
  • Opened 2009
  • 2,596,129 square metres
  • Capacity 300,000 vehicles per year
  • Produces Sorento, Optima
  • 3,002 employees
  • ISO14001 certification in March 2011
  • West Point, Georgia, USA

 

 

CHINA YANCHENG PLANT 1

  • Joint venture with Dongfeng-Yueda Kia
  • Opened 2002
  • 405,256 square metres
  • Capacity 130,000 vehicles per year
  • Produces Soul, Sportage, Optima, Rio
  • 4,941 employees (with plant 2)
  • ISO14001 certification in June 2007
  • Development Zone, Yangcheng, Jiangsu Province, China

 

 

CHINA YANCHENG PLANT 2

  • Joint venture with Dongfeng-Yueda Kia
  • Opened 2009
  • 1,467,752 square metres
  • Capacity 300,000 vehicles per year
  • Produces Cerato, Forte, K5/Optima, K2
  • 4,941 employees (with plant 1)
  • ISO14001 certification in December 2009
  • Development Zone, Yangcheng, Jiangsu Province, China

 

 

 

ELSEWHERE

  • Kia builds 100,000 cars a year at a facility shared with with Hyundai at St.Petersburg in Russia
  • 60,000 Kias, rebadged as Nazas, are built at a site in Gurun, north-west Malaysia, for sale locally and in other Asian markets
  • Vietnam Motors Corporation builds 20,000 Kias per year at a facility on the outskirts of Hanoi
  • Kia also has CKD assembly operations in Thailand, Pakistan, Iran, Egypt and Ecuador

 



Research & Development

NAMYANG

  • Centre of Hyundai-Kia global research and development activities
  • Opened 1996
  • 3,500,000 square metres
  • Pre-design, design, prototyping, track testing, powertrain engineering, chassis engineering, wind tunnel aerodynamic development, crash testing, employee training
  • Location: Hwaseong, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea

 

MABUK

  • A joint Hyundai-Kia facility and the only dedicated environmental R&D centre in the global auto industry.
  • Opened 2005
  • 30,500 square metres
  • Emissions lab, special facilities for testing electric propulsion systems, hydrogen fuel cell endurance tester, 700-bar hydrogen station, pilot plant to improve end-of-life materials recycling
  • Location: Yongin, Gyteonggi-do, South Korea

 

JAPAN

  • Japanese R&D centre located close to Tokyo
  • Opened 1995
  • Specialises in vehicle electronics and hybrid technologies
  • Location: Chiba, Japan

 

EUROPE

  • European R&D centre near Frankfurt
  • Opened 2003
  • 8,500 square metres
  • Develops and engineers cars specifically for Europe driving tastes and emissions performance in collaboration with other Kia R&D centres
  • Location: Rüsselsheim, Germany

 

NORTH AMERICA

  • United States R&D centre linked to California proving ground and other Kia R&D facilities around the world
  • Opened 2005
  • 20,000 square metres
  • Supports the development of new Kia and Hyundai cars specifically for North America, especially in relation to design, emissions, durability testing and regulatory certification
  • Location: Superior Township, Michigan, USA

 



Design

 

KOREA

  • Kia’s flagship design centre is located within the Namyang global research and development centre
  • Opened 1996
  • 3,500,000 square metres
  • Co-ordinates the programmes from Kia design studios around the world
  • Location: Hwaseong, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea

 

EUROPE

  • Located within Kia’s European headquarters next to the Frankfurt Messe, home of the Frankfurt IAA Motor Show
  • Opened 2007
  • 5,800 square metres
  • Location: Frankfurt, Germany

 

NORTH AMERICA

  • Housed within Kia North America’s corporate headquarters campus
  • Opened 2008
  • 6,000 square metres
  • Location: Irvine, California, USA