Kia ships its 10 millionth car amid increasing production rates

March 30, 2011 12:00 AM

Kia, the famous Korean automobile manufacturer, has announced it exported the company's ten millionth car, reports MotorTrend.

The news came amid a few years of increased presence by the Asian automaker, which often goes unnoticed thanks to Toyota's massive influence over American car buyers.

So what was the 10 millionth vehicle? A "Snow White Pearl-colored Optima destined for the United States," reports Automobile Magazine. The trade paper said that the model has gotten a lot of praise in its niche market.

According to MotorTrend, half of Kia's exports have been shipped in the past five years, despite being founded in 1944.

As proof of the company's increased production, look no further than Kia Motor's plant facility in Zilnia, Slovakia. In 2010, some 229,500 vehicles were crafted - a 52 percent rise in building efforts from 2009. The Kia Cee'd and Kia Sportage are made at the Slovakian factory.

"Last year was very positive for us as we managed to exceed our production plan," said Myung-Chul Chung, the chief executive of Kia Motors in Slovakia. 

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