01 December 2013

Kia Worldwide Production By Nation : 2012

10th in the world is Kia for car/LCV production. It makes 58% of its product in Korea, but that fell from 62% in 2001 and 95% in 2005. Still, it has few plants around the world considering its size. It increased its world share to 3.4%, with 7% growth in 2012. USA production was up 31%, Slovakia 16% and China 13%, but Korea was static.

It seems that bigger brother Hyundai is trying to go more upmarket while Kia is remaining at the value end. I presume the brand will continue to grow at a steady rate, without becoming a really big marque. It will also have to face pressure from low cost offerings such as Renault/Dacia and Nissan/Datsun in emerging markets.

Ultimately, the direction for Kia is still a bit up in the air, with the new supremo of Hyundai/Kia yet to really define what will happen. He will need time to sort it all out. I think it will be a challenge to get a clear difference with both brands. For now their ranges are certainly too similar.


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2011 Shr 2012 Shr

1 1 Korea 1,557,233 61.9% 1,558,355 57.8%

2 2 China 432,516 17.2% 487,580 18.1%

3 3 USA 273,751 10.9% 358,520 13.3%

4 4 Slovakia 252,252 10.0% 292,050 10.8%



Total Kia 2,515,752 3.3% 2,696,505 3.4%

Kia Cerato - Looking Sporty

Data source: OICA

4 comments:

  1. Thanks Ray, I have found your top ten very interesting. I didn't realise Suzuki made that many cars!

    One thing though - you seem to be missing number 6 on the list (which I am guessing might be PSA?) It would be interesting to see how many cars Peugeot/Citroen made in France compared to production in the rest of the world.

    Thanks,

    Chris G

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  2. Hello Chris,

    Well spotted. I missed Hyundai so will add that asap.

    PSA I have as Peugeot (11th) and Citroen (15th).

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  3. Thanks for adding Hyundai.

    So you are counting Peugeot and Citroen separately? They are the same company so I wonder where they would come as a combined entity.

    Anyway I love these production stats posts...the country ones are great too. Falling German production is a surprise. I think French production is falling so much that purely on cars (not including commercial vehicles) the UK might overtake them in the next couple of years.

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  4. Hi there. Peugeot and Citroen could be as one. That would make it easier. Then again Hyundai and Kia are the same company. It just comes down to personal preference.

    I am glad you like production stats. They are not as commonly available as sales are, and are often only as a yearly figure.

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