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Kia Motors to expand engine production line in Slovakia

Autos 16:48 June 12, 2020

SEOUL, June 12 (Yonhap) -- Kia Motors Corp., South Korea's second-largest automaker, said on Friday that it will invest 70 million euros (US$79 million) to expand its engine production facility in Slovakia.

The affiliate of Hyundai Motor Group said it plans to complete the expansion of the engine production line at its plant in Zilina, Slovakia, by Aug. 31.

The revamp of the facility is to produce the next-generation 1.6 GDi and T-GDi engines that are expected to be used for the Ceed, Kia's compact car designed exclusively for the European market.

"We originally planned to start the construction in March, but it was postponed due to the novel coronavirus outbreak," a Kia official said. "The completion date for the production line expansion could change depending on the virus situation."

This undated photo provided by Kia Motors Corp. shows workers at the company's plant in Zilina, Slovakia. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

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