On March 18, 2004, Kia Motors Corporation held a signing ceremony with the Slovak Government in Bratislava to officially authorize the construction of its first European automotive plant in Slovakia.
The decision made by Kia Motors Corporation to build its first-ever European facility was based on continued and projected strong sales and market share growth in Europe. The decision was also in alignment with Kia's plan to be one of the world's elite carmakers.
Kia Motors Slovakia in numbers
Time schedule of the plant’s construction
- Groundbreaking – April 2004
- Start of Construction – October 2004
- End of Construction – December 2005
- Start of Trial Production – Summer 2006
- Start of Production – December 2006
- around 3,800
Capacity and products
- 350,000 units a year
- 3 car models
- 6 types of engine
- site: 166 ha
- buildings: 56.8 ha
- Euro 1.7 billion
The company is registered with the commercial register maintained by the District Court of Zilina under section Sro, insertion no. 15074/L.