The Kia Motors Slovakia plant in Teplička nad Váhom near Žilina posted a 10-percent year-on-year rise in output in the first half of this year, with 149,400 cars and 237,000 car engines leaving the plant's production lines between January and June, the TASR reported, citing Kia Motors Slovakia head Eek-Hee Lee, on Tuesday, July 10.
Exports primarily went to Russia (20 percent), followed by the United Kingdom, Germany, France and Italy. A total of 1,500 cars were supplied to the Slovak market. In terms of engines, the full-year plan is to produce 450,000. The engines are installed in cars produced in Teplička nad Váhom as well as being exported to other plants, in the neighbouring Czech Republic.
"I'm glad to note that we're successfully delivering on our production plan and that we posted a record output of 149,400 cars in the first half of the year. We launched production of a new Kia cee’d model as of April, and we're in the closing stages of preparing serial production of its new station wagon version. I believe that the new models that we're manufacturing for the entire European market will help us to deliver on our plan to produce 285,000 cars this year," said Eek-Hee Lee.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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