New Kia Cee’d starts production in Slovakia image

The South Korean based automaker Kia has recently announced that the new generation of the Cee’d has entered production in Slovakia.

After being officially presented to the public last month at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, in both five-door hatchback and station wagon versions, the new generation of the Kia Cee’d is once again placed into the spotlights, this time with the car manufacturer announcing that its production has just started in Slovakia. According to the company, the second generation of the Kia Cee’d is currently being assembled in Slovakia at the company’s plant in a three-shift operation.

“We believe that the new model will help us increase production this year to a total of 285,000 vehicles. Kia Motors Slovakia invested EUR200 million in production technologies last year. We’ve hire more than 900 people thanks to the new model and we’ve had a three-shift operation since January 2012. We plan to invest around EUR110 million this year while production of the wagon version of the Cee’d will launch in the second half of the year”, said the Kia Motors Slovakia CEO, Eek-Hee Lee.

As a reminder, the 2013 Kia Cee’d is coming with both interior and exterior updates, more powerful engines and more features added to the cabin. The model is 10 mm lower and 50 mm longer than its predecessor, its body is 10 mm narrower and its track is 17 mm wider at the front and 32 mm wider at the rear. The model’s cargo room has also increased by 40 liters for a total of 380 liters. The 2013 Kia Cee’d will arrive in European showrooms in mid-2012, followed by the Pro Cee’d and the Cee’d SW.