Kia Slovak plant will raise production by 10 percent this year image

Kia Motors’ plant in Zilina, Slovakia aims to increase output by more than 10 percent to 285,000 vehicles in 2012, the automaker announced.

The South Korean carmaker operated a similar rise last year, when it increased production by 10 percent to more than 252,000 vehicles, while engine production increased 12 percent to 359,000 units. Kia Motors’ Slovak subsidiary also announced engine production is expected to rise to more than 450,000 units this year.

Kia Slovakia operates an assembly plant in the northern Slovak town of Zilina and is a major exporter in the country that is a member of the euro zone since 2009. Kia makes the Cee’d compact car, Sportage medium SUV and Venga small MPV at the Slovak factory. The plant has a key role in Kia’s plans to sell more than 500,000 vehicles this year in Europe, including Russia.

Kia Motors Slovakia exports vehicles to the whole of Europe. The main export markets in 2011 were as follows: 23 percent of total production output was delivered to Russia, 10 percent to Great Britain, 9 percent to Germany, 8 percent to Spain and 5 percent to France. The Kia cee’d family accounted for 41 percent of production at Zilina in 2011, just ahead of the Sportage compact SUV with 40 per cent.