Kia Motors has announced it has begun production of its all-new Cee’d Sportwagon in Zilina, Slovakia.
The station wagon version of Kia’s compact car is the second new model to be built at the facility this year, following the hatchback version. Kia is hoping demand for the new Cee’d Sportwagon will boost production at its Zilina plant to 285,000 vehicles this year, as the previous generation Cee’d SW made up more than a fifth of the plant’s overall production.
In the first seven months of this year, Kia’s Slovak unit has produced 167,000 vehicles and 266,000 engines, accounting for year-on-year increases of 11 percent and 52 percent respectively.
“The cee’d Sportswagon is an important addition to the Kia range in Europe and we have been preparing for its production throughout 2012. We are confident that the Sportswagon will prove very popular with European customers and help the Zilina plant in meeting its production target,” said Eek-Hee Lee, CEO Kia Motors Slovakia.
Compared to the hatchback, the Sportswagon offers improved practicality, boasting a load space of 528 liters with the rear seats upright and 1,642 litres with the rear seats folded. Kia’s Zilina manufacturing facility is also preparing for the launch of the new three-door pro_cee’d, which will begin production in early 2013.