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Kia Motors Corporation was commenced in 1944 and is one of the oldest manufacturers of motor vehicles in Korea.
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Initially, Kia was making motorcycles and bicycles, now it produces over three million vehicles in a year from the 14 manufacturing and assembly operations in 5 countries. These vehicles are serviced and sold through a network of dealers and distributors extending 180 countries worldwide.
Kia operates the three main vehicle assembly plants at Sohari, Hwasung, Gwangju, as well as the world-class research and development center having almost 12,000 vehicle development engineers and staff at Namyang.
Kia also operates a global network of manufacturing bases outside the Korea, with an advanced production facilities in the Slovakia, USA, Mexico and China. It has a global production capacity of 3.5 million cars per year.
Kia’s Eco-Technology Research Institute in Seoul is functioning on the next-generation hydrogen fuel-cell powertrains. It spends almost 6% of its annual revenues on Research & Development, and also operates the research centers in the Japan, Germany and USA. In 2016, the company opened its latest new production facility in Pesquería representing a US$1 billion investment by the company.
Kia has a vast history of building in a number of markets locally to meet the specific requirements of local customers, with the assembly operation using ‘car kits’ in, Iran, Ecuador, Malaysia, Uruguay, Russia and Vietnam.
• Kia has over 50,000 employees and annual revenues of nearly US$44 billion.
• Kia spends around 6% of its annual revenues on R&D, and also operates research centers in the USA, Japan and Germany.
• In 1993, Kia manufactured its three millionth vehicles – in 2016 alone, it produced and sold over three million cars.
• Kia’s Eco-Technology Research Institute near Seoul is working on next-generation hydrogen fuel-cell powertrains.