11 September 2015

Kia Worldwide Production Car/LCV By Nation : 2011-14

The Optima/K5 model 

Coming in at 9th is Kia, with 3.5% of worldwide production. Korea still accounts for 54% of that but it is down from 62% in 2011. Making over three quarters of your cars in Asia hardly sounds like a global car maker although a new plant will open in Mexico during 2016, with a capacity of 300,000 cars p.a.

Kia makes cars in four facilities in Korea, two in China and one each for the US and Slovakia. It assembles cars from kits in Ecuador, Iran, Malaysia, Russia and Vietnam. It was surprisingly difficult to put that list together, with conflicting information from different sources. Just as well they don't have more assembly operations.

11 12 13 14 Nation 2011 2012 2013 2014 %
1 1 1 1 Korea 1,557,233 1,558,355 1,416,879 1,603,155 54%
2 2 2 2 China 432,516 487,580 551,006 650,142 22%
3 3 3 3 USA 273,751 358,520 369,299 369,379 13%
4 4 4 4 Slovakia 252,252 292,050 313,000 323,720 11%




Total 2,515,752 2,696,505 2,650,184 2,946,396 4%

Data source: OICA. 

Picture source: Netcarshow.

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