The history of the motor car and Kia Motor's

Kia's production  process & history of the car and Kia brand


Here are two videos for you to watch to show you the history of the Kia brand and show you the production process's of Kia .

The production process video shows you from the start the R&D, design, manufacturing all the way through to quality control and testing.







Kia's Manufacturing Plants

Kia - Slovakia


ŽILINA - Slovakia

  • Kia’s European production facility
  • Opened 2006
  • 1,886,732 square metres
  • Capacity 300,000 vehicles per year
  • Produces cee’d, cee’d Sportswagon, pro_cee’d, Sportage, Venga
  • 3,696 employees
Kia - Yangchen, China


  • Joint venture with Dongfeng-Yueda Kia
  • Opened 2002
  • 405,256 square metres
  • Capacity 130,000 vehicles per year
  • Produces Soul, Sportage, Optima, Rio
  • 4,941 employees (with plant 2)
Kia - Yangchen plant 2, China


  • Joint venture with Dongfeng-Yueda Kia
  • Opened 2009
  • 1,467,752 square metres
  • Capacity 300,000 vehicles per year
  • Produces Cerato, Forte, K5/Optima, K2
  • 4,941 employees (with plant 1)
Kia - Hwasung, South Korea


HWASUNG - South Korea

  • Kia’s flagship manufacturing plant, originally called Asan Bay
  • Opened 1990
  • 3,199,636 square metres
  • Capacity 600,000 vehicles per year
  • Produces Cerato/Forte, K5/Optima, Sorento, Mohave/Borrego
  • 12,005 employees
Kia - Sohari, South Korea


Sohari - South Korea

  • Kia’s first integrated car assembly plant
  • Opened 1973
  • 498,908 square metres
  • Capacity 340,000 vehicles per year
  • Produces Rio/Pride, Carnival/Sedona, K9/Quoris
  • 5,710 employees
Kia - Gorgia, USA


  • Joint car and commercial vehicle assembly plant, formerly the home of Asia Motors which was absorbed into Kia in 1999
  • Opened 1990 (Production there since 1965)
  • 1,022,244 square metres
  • Capacity 420,000 vehicles per year
  • Produces Soul, Carens/Rondo, Sportage, Bongo III, K-series trucks, buses, military vehicles
  • 6,675 employees
Kia - California



  • Opened 2008
  • US headoffice & research centre
  • 6,000 square metres
Kia, Namyang, South Korea

NAMYANG, South Korea

  • Centre of Hyundai-Kia global research and development activities
  • Opened 1996
  • 3,500,000 square metres
  • Pre-design, design, prototyping, track testing, powertrain engineering, chassis engineering, wind tunnel aerodynamic development, crash testing, employee training
Kia R&D Frankfurt, Germany

Frankfurt, Germany


  • Opened 2007
  • Located within Kia’s European headquarters next to the Frankfurt Messe, home of the Frankfurt IAA Motor Show
  • 5,800 square metres
Kia - California


  • United States R&D centre linked to California proving ground and other Kia R&D facilities around the world
  • Opened 2005
  • 20,000 square metres
  • Supports the development of new Kia and Hyundai cars specifically for North America, especially in relation to design, emissions, durability testing and regulatory certification
  • Location: Superior Township, Michigan, USA
Kia - Namyang, South Korea

Namyang, Korea

  • Kia’s flagship design centre is located within the Namyang global research and development centre
  • Opened 1996
  • 3,500,000 square metres
  • Co-ordinates the programmes from Kia design studios around the world
  • Location: Hwaseong, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
Kia - Eco Research

MABUK Eco Research, South Korea

  • A joint Hyundai-Kia facility and the only dedicated environmental R&D centre in the global auto industry.
  • Opened 2005
  • 30,500 square metres
  • Emissions lab, special facilities for testing electric propulsion systems, hydrogen fuel cell endurance tester, 700-bar hydrogen station, pilot plant to improve end-of-life materials recycling
Kia UK


Kia Motors UK ltd Head Office

Kia Academy UK


Kia UK Training Academy

Kia Headquarters Seoul, Korea


Kia Motors Corporation, Seoul, Korea

Kia Stallingborough, UK

September  2015

A multi-million pound 10 year deal has been signed by Kia Motors UK and Paragon to operate a key automotive storage and preparation centre at Stallingborough, North East Lincolnshire to handle and process up to 120,000 cars every year.