|The 2014 Optima model|
Kia has 'the power to surprise' apparently. The surprise is it's excessive reliance on local production, which is not healthy. All it needs is a lengthy strike to really hurt its ability to supply cars. It is building a plant in Mexico which will help to spread it's production volumes. Being 10th in the world for car/LCV production is a fine effort.
It wasn't that long ago that all it's cars were made in Korea. It started with China less than ten years ago (now two plants there), then in Slovakia (2007) and the USA (late 2009).
Data source: OICA and Kia.
|The European Ceed|