Hyundai Motor Increases European Production Capacity to Half a Million Units
- Hyundai Motor expands capacity at Turkish plant to 200,000 units
- Investment of EUR475 million creates more jobs and expands supplier
- 90% of vehicles sold in Europe will be built in the region by 2014
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM -- (Marketwired) -- 07/23/13 -- Hyundai Motor
has completed the expansion of its European manufacturing plant in
Turkey, increasing the company's new-car production capacity in
Europe to 500,000 units per annum.
Built in 1997, Hyundai Assan Otomotive Sanayi (HAOS) in Izmit,
Turkey, is Hyundai's longest-operating manufacturing facility outside
Korea. Originally capable of producing 60,000 units per annum, a new
shift was introduced in 2007 which saw this rise to 125,000 cars per
year. This latest investment will increase capacity further, to
200,000 vehicles annually by 2014. The upgrade will allow the
facility to build the forthcoming New i10 city car in addition to the
New i20 hatchback.
The success of HAOS, in which Hyundai has invested more than EUR1
billion in total, led to the construction of Hyundai's second
European facility, Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Czech. Located in
Nosovice, Czech Republic, the factory produced 114,000 new cars in
its first year. Production has steadily increased since then, and the
factory now works around the clock at full capacity, producing
300,000 cars per annum.
95% of all Hyundai's new cars sold in Europe are designed and
developed in Europe. The latest investment in Hyundai's Turkish
facility means that by the end of the year 90% of vehicles sold in
Europe will also have been built in the region.
Allan Rushforth, Senior Vice President and COO of Hyundai Motor
Europe, commented: "The expansion of the plant in Turkey and our
manufacturing capacity in the region demonstrates Hyundai's
increasing commitment to Europe. Our European factories will allow us
to build the right cars for the region and to continue supporting
communities and suppliers throughout Europe."
The expansion of Hyundai's factory in Izmit, Turkey has created a
further 2,804 jobs at HAOS and at its suppliers.
Hyundai has a further 150,000 units of annual production capacity at
its plant in St Petersburg, Russia, supplying the domestic market and
About Hyundai Motor
Established in 1967, Hyundai Motor Co. has grown into the Hyundai
Motor Group, with more than two dozen auto-related subsidiaries and
affiliates. Hyundai Motor - which has seven manufacturing bases
outside of South Korea including Brazil, China, the Czech Republic,
India, Russia, Turkey and the U.S. - sold 4,4 million vehicles
globally in 2012. Hyundai Motor, which employs over 80.000 worldwide,
offers a full line-up of products including small to large passenger
vehicles, SUVs and commercial vehicles.
Further information about Hyundai Motor and its products is available
About Hyundai Motor Europe
The company designs, engineers and manufactures cars in Europe,
specifically for European consumers. In 2012, Hyundai achieved
European sales of 444.000 units, taking a new-car market share of
3,5%. Almost 95% of the vehicles Hyundai sells in the region are
designed, engineered and tested in Europe. And more than 70% are
built at its two local factories (Czech Republic and Turkey),
including the New Generation i30, which was shortlisted for Europe's
2013 Car of the Year award and has won 14 awards throughout the
region. Hyundai sells cars in 28 European countries across 2.500
Hyundai offers its unique, Europe-only, Five Year Triple Care
warranty package with all new cars sold in the region, providing
customers with a five-year warranty with no mileage limit, five years
of roadside assistance and five years of vehicle health checks.
More information about Hyundai Motor Europe and its products is
available at www.hyundai.com/eu.
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