Kia Motors intensively works on power development of fuel cells. From November 21 until November 30, 2008, it introduced its new study of Borrego FCEV with fuel cell power at the Los Angeles International Auto Show.
On Tuesday, November 18, 2008, Slovak football representatives together with the whole realization team visited our factory. Vladimir Weiss thus ordered a site tour of production halls of the Kia Motors Slovakia company, an untraditional preparation before a friendly international match with Lichtenstein.
Kia Motors Corporation announced that its cumulative global sales of all Kia cars through October 2008 recorded 1,172,958, representing a 12.7% year-on-year increase
On October 28, Richard Wright, Brandy Foster, Charlie Pitts, Waymon McGriff and Michael McCabe, employees of Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia, USA, joined one-month training in press shop, Kia Motors Slovakia.
Hyundai-Kia Automotive Group, Microsoft and Korea’s Institute for Information Technology Advancement (IITA) opened an IT Center on November 3, 2008, to develop new technological products and services.
The registration of new passenger vehicles and small trucks up to 3.5 tons in Slovakia reached 7,098 vehicles in September which increased 23.98% year-on-year.
Kia Motors Corporation, a maker of quality vehicles for the young-at-heart and a leader in automotive information technology convergence, announced that it is a global sponsor of RoboChamps 2008, Microsoft’s virtual-world robotics competition.
We would like to congratulate our 20-year-old sportsman Vladislav Gacik from Assembly shop who can be proud of being the World Champion in powerlifting.
Slovak Kia cee’d with a driver Jaroslav Baranek won its first season in up-hill car racing among the cars with combustion engine organized by the Slovak Motor Sport Association.
To celebrate the world premiere of the all-new Kia Soul urban crossover passenger car at the Paris Motor Show on October 2, 2008, Kia Motors Corporation is displaying seven examples of its latest models in a special ‘Soul World’ zone throughout the 18-day event.
• The 300,000th car was Kia cee’d_sw - the most popular model out of production in Slovakia
• In 2008, Kia Motors Slovakia produced over 150,000 cars
• Assembly lines at Kia plant near Zilina are reaching 98% efficiency
Kia never introduced so many new cars at the motor show in Slovakia as this year in Nitra. The Motor Show Nitra 2008 was the place of six exhibition premiers of Kia cars, two concept vehicles and four production models.
New Kia sedan design has been inspired by Koup concept and will replace a popular model Spectra.
Kia Motors Corporation announced today that its global sales (export sales, domestic sales and sales from overseas plants) of passenger cars, recreation vehicles (RVs) and light trucks in August 2008 recorded 112,564, representing a 9.2% year-on-year increase.
From September 11 until September 15, the 16th International Motor Show will be held in Nitra at Agrokomplex exhibition grounds
• 122,230 Kia vehicles sold globally in July
• Sales in China, Korea, General Markets, Europe and North America post year-on-year sales growth of 114.1%, 37.5%, 37.3%, 8.4%, 6.2%, respectively
• Cumulative sales reach 839,384, an increase of 16.9% year-on-year
During the first six months of 2008, the production of Kia cee´d and Kia Sportage models increased by 66.74% year-on-year up to 108,000 produced vehicles. Nowadays, the youngest Slovak car manufacturer with two work shifts produces mainly model cee´d which represents 83.2% of total production.
A new facelift of Kia Sportage model for the year 2009 has been already sold in Slovakia as well as in Europe.
On October 2, 2008, the world premiere of new Kia Soul will be held at Paris Motor Show and its production will start from November 2008. This version will arrive on our market in February 2009.
On Monday, July 7, the second year of Kia Family Days started at Kia Motors Slovakia and during the following two weeks, our company was visited by almost 2,000 family members of our employees.
Kia Motors Corporation announced that its global sales (export sales, domestic sales and sales from overseas plants) of passenger cars, recreation vehicles (RVs) and commercial vehicles in June 2008 recorded 129,443, representing a 16.2% year-on-year increase.
With global sales of 3,961,629 units in 2007 the Hyundai-Kia Automotive Group has emerged as the world's fifth largest automaker moving up from sixth place in 2006.
On June 25, 2008, Byung Mo Ahn, group President and CEO of Kia Motors America and Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia was joined by local and state representatives for the grand opening ceremony of the new Kia U.S. corporate campus in Irvine, California. The $130-million investment includes the Kia Motors America Corporate Headquarters and state-of-the-art Kia Design Center America.
On June 22 and 23, a new facelift Kia cee’d was introduced to motor fans at uphill racing in Dobsina. The vehicle with 2.0L CRDi engine was driven by Jaroslav Baranek without any technical and driving problems. On Saturday, he won the second prize among the cars with combustion engine and on Sunday, he won the third prize. He thus added extra score to his final evaluation.
Kia Motors Corporation announced on June 17, 2008, that its global sales (export sales, domestic sales and sales from overseas plants) of passenger cars, recreation vehicles (RVs) and commercial vehicles in May 2008 recorded 127,323 units, representing a 16.5% year-on-year increase.
The football fever in Vienna is escalating and football fans are fully enjoying it. Fan Park is an official program which takes place in Fan Zone and is organized by UEFA&LOC during European Football Championship.
In January 2008, Kia Motors announced “Official Match Ball Carrier” competition for young football enthusiasts aged from 12 to 14 years whose dream is to enter the pitch and be a part of the match.
On June 5, Kia Motors Slovakia introduced 16 unique Kia cee’d cars featuring the national flags of the qualified countries for UEFA EURO 2008. One hundred days before the beginning of UEFA EURO 2008 the competition “Drive to Glory” was created by Kia Motors Corporation for the football fans of the qualified countries. In the competition “Drive to Glory”, one winner was chosen from each country.
The 14th Zilina City Festival took place from May 29 until May 31 and as every year, the folk craftsmen and various dance and music bands were presented
Kia Motors will provide 265 passenger cars and bus transportation to national teams, officials and delegates of European Football Championship to ensure efficient and smooth transportation during this event.
The tradition of festivities also found its place at our company. On the last Thursday in May, a musical festival took place on the Harmony Square in the rhythms of rock music.
New Kia Soul production model, which appeals to the young-at-heart, will retain concept’s name.
This month the 200,000th Kia cee´d already rolled off the assembly line at our plant. The three-door pro_cee‘d in Dakar Yellow colour was exported to a customer in Germany.
On May 6, 2008, the most important representatives Bill Gates, Chairman of Microsoft, and Eui-Sun Chung, President Hyundai-Kia Automotive Group, officially entered into a long-term agreement to co-develop the next generation of in-car infotainment systems in Seoul, Korea
On April 29, as the first ever, 29 students of the fourth year and 26 students of the third year of study in main fields such as mechanic-electrician, machinery mechanic, mechanic-repair operator and sheet-metal worker from three secondary vocational schools in the Zilina region finished their vocational practice in our company.
On April 25, the globally recognized, German-based, TÜV NORD presented Kia with a DFE (Design for Environment) and a LCA (Life Cycle Assessment) environment certificate at a special ceremony in Seoul, Korea.
More than 430 German dealers from Kia Motors Deutschland visited the Slovak Republic. The main purpose of their visit was the annual convention of Kia dealers called Dialog 2008 in the Training Centre Gbelany on April 17 and 18.
In March 2008, the global sales of passenger cars, recreational and commercial vehicles of Kia brand recorded 124,767 units, representing a 11.5% year-on-year increase.
On March 27, 2008, the 200,000th car, which happened to be the youngest version Kia pro_cee’d, rolled off the assembly lines at our plant since the launch of volume production.
Stylish and practical interior design makes KOUP a true driver’s car.
From March 4 till March 16 2008, Geneva was the automobile centre as the prestigious 78th international exposition opened its doors.Besides the eco_cee’d concept, model pro_ cee’d and the latest version of Kia Picanto, Kia has also uncovered its three SOUL concepts, which will make their World Premiere at the Paris Show in September.
103,002 Kia vehicles were sold globally in February 2008.
On Monday, March 3, 2008, the Slovak President Ivan Gasparovic welcomed the delegation of Kia Motors Slovakia led by our president In-Kyu Bae in the President palace.
Only 85 days are left before the beginning of European Football Championship under the auspices of UEFA (UEFA EURO 2008).
Kwang-Ho Nam joins the European headquarters of Kia Motors Corporation as the new President of Kia Motors Europe, while Paul Willis takes on the newly created role of Chief Operating Officer (COO).
For the second time, our company decided to support the idea of voluntary blood donation.
Kia Motors Slovakia successfully implemented the Environmental Management System and was granted an international certificate ISO 14001.
Bodybuilding is not only a sport, for some people it also becomes a lifestyle. Today, we will introduce our college Richard Chromik who, as a future psychotherapist, has dedicated himself to bodybuilding for the last ten years.
Kia Motors has a long association with tennis worldwide. Kia is the major sponsor of the grand slam tournament “Australian Open” as well as the worldwide sponsor of the “Davis Cup” since 2002.
Last year was the most successful for Kia in its history in Slovakia. Overall Kia was awarded the sixth place in best selling brands.
Kia Motors Corporation announced that cumulatively its global sales of passenger cars, recreational vehicles and light trucks in 2007 recorded 1,269,164 units, representing a 3.5% year-on-year increase.