Kia Building First Mexican Plant To Alleviate Strained U.S. Production
In light of high demand in the United States for its offerings, Kia will build its first Mexican plant in Monterrey to help bring additional capacity to North America.
Reuters reports the factory will open 21 months after groundbreaking, supplying a total of 300,000 vehicles annually to the United States. Production will focus on Kia’s compacts — the Forte and Rio — at first before taking on work from the brand’s sole U.S. factory in Georgia, where the Optima, Sorento and Hyundai Santa Fe are assembled, and from Hyundai’s Alabama plant, where the Sonata and Elantra are built. No word was given on when the first shovels would break the earth.
Aside from supply-and-demand issues in the U.S., Kia is likely building the Monterrey plant — to go with Hyundai’s production expansion into Chongqing, China — in order to maintain its market share around the globe. The duo together hold fifth place in the global auto sales race, a position it could lose by 2016 if no more capacity is added, according to Korea Investment & Securities auto analyst Suh Sung-moon.
The capacity limit was unofficially put in place by Hyundai/Kia chair Chung Mong-koo over two years ago, fearing his two brands would end up like Toyota in the 2000s if they expanded as aggressively as had the Japanese automaker.
Can someone please post a short list of very popular car models being produced in America?
They won't strain for the new K900. Saw one yesterday in the flesh at a concours show, and it looked rubbish. The interior was -ok- I suppose, but the 8 squares of headlights and tiger mouth at the front really throw it off.
I don't know if the article explains why I haven't been able to buy a Kia Forte5 SX with both packages and manual-transmission until MAYBE next month, for the first time since they were announced 15 months ago, and from when it SUPPOSEDLY went on-sale, 7 months ago. Too late for Kia, though. I have given up and just bought a MINI Cooper F56 instead. I don't honestly know what Kia's problem is/was, but my patience only goes so far. Haven't said that, The Forte is a great car, and nothing can touch it for content. I much preferred it to the Mazda3.
Some have suggested that Hyundai dealers demanded that Forte supply be limited because it was killing Elantra sales, until the 2014 Elantra's engine upgrade. It's as hood an explanation as any.