Hyundai, Kia's overseas car production tops 3.68 mn units in 2023

Seoul, Feb 26 (IANS): The combined overseas production of Hyundai Motor and Kia, including in India, surpassed 3.68 million units in 2023, setting the biggest offshore output since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, data showed on Monday.

According to data from the Korea Automobile Manufacturers Association, Hyundai Motor and Kia, South Korea's leading automakers, produced 3,678,831 finished vehicles at 13 overseas production bases last year., reports Yonhap news agency.

Hyundai produced 2,243,069 vehicles in eight countries -- the United States, India, China, Turkey, Czech Republic, Brazil, Indonesia and Singapore -- and Kia produced 1,435,762 vehicles in the U.S., China, Slovakia, Mexico and India.

Last year's combined output represents a 2.9 percent increase compared with 2022. It also marked their biggest tally in four years since 2019 before the onset of the pandemic.

Per nation, vehicles produced from India amounted to 1.08 million units, followed by those from the U.S., China and Slovakia, with 727,000 units, 394,249 units and 352,240 units, respectively.

Within an overall growth trajectory in production, the consistent production decline in China stood out. The combined output of the companies in China amounted to 1.83 million units in 2016.

Russia stood out as well, as Hyundai, which has operated a production base in Saint Petersburg, did not produce a single vehicle in the country last year.

Hyundai had consistently produced over 200,000 units annually in Russia from 2012 to 2022. However, production sharply declined to around 40,000 units in 2022 and has remained suspended since the outbreak of the Ukrainian War.

For the first time, the company last year produced 595 vehicles in Singapore, where it opened the Hyundai Motor Group Innovation Center Singapore.



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