9 out of 10 European Hyundai models to be made in the continent
The new i10 arrives later this year and will see production of Europe-bound versions of its smallest model from India to Turkey, according to a report from news agency Headlineauto.
The bulk of the cars Hyundai sells in the EU comes from its Nosovice factory in the east of the Czech Republic, close to partner company Kia's Zilina plant across the border in Slovakia. Although there is no exchange of models between the two, Nosovice produces transmissions for both brands while Zilina is responsible for engine production. The cars built in the two factories are based on shared platforms.
Nosovice makes the Hyundai i30 range, ix35 crossover and ix20 mini-MPV. The corresponding Kia models are the cee'd, Sportage and Venga. Both plants have a nominal capacity of 300,000 cars a year, based on a five-day, triple-shift system.
The i30 is Hyundai's star performer in Europe, but close behind is the ix35, which is due for a mid-term update in the autumn. The ix35 is the fastest-selling model Hyundai has ever introduced in Europe and this year will be the biggest-volume model to come out of Nosovice, accounting for 45% of total production against 41% for the i30 range.
Nosovice now supplies cars to 60 countries and ‘destinations’ – a term Hyundai uses to describe places such as the Canary Islands which are linked to European states but distant from them. Around 18% of the cars it makes go to non-EU countries. The plant is working flat out, and theoretically exceeded its capacity last year by turning out 303,000 cars.
‘We're very proud that we've been able to keep the factory running at 100% when the market in Europe is so weak and unpredictable,’ said Hyundai's European COO and senior vice-president, Allan Rushforth. ‘So far this year our volumes in Europe are down by about 5%, but our market share is slightly up.’