Hyundai plans to increase the output at its Nosovice plant in Czech Republic by 20 percent to 300,000 units this year to cater to the strong demand for its new i30 model line. The plant started building the i30 compact wagon this week. The South Korean company is also planning to boost the production at its Izmit factory Turkey by 100 percent to 200,000 units.
This will effectively set Hyundai’s production capacity in Europe at 500,000 units by the end of 2013. Hyundai’s production and new-car sales success seem to contrast the fate of other volume vehicle makers in Europe like Fiat and Ford, which have been forced to temporarily stop production at sites in the continent to cope with weak demand. Vehicles sales in Europe have been declining steadily since four years ago.
The i30 wagon, unveiled at the 2012 Geneva Auto Show, will account for around 30 percent of the 115,000 i30 variants that Hyundai plans to make in 2012 for Europe. The i30 hatchback version, meanwhile, will account for the other 70 percent of the model line's production.
According to Hyundai, it has already received over 57,000 orders of the new i30 hatchback since it went on sale in March 2012. Data provided by JATO Dynamics show that Hyundai sold 101,328 units of the previous generation i30 in 2011, making the model Hyundai’s best-selling model in Europe ahead of the ix20 and ix35.
Around 70 percent of the vehicles that Hyundai rolls out in Europe are built at its plants in Izmit, Turkey and in Nosovice, Czech Republic. The Nosovice plant is also home to Hyundai’s ix20 small minivan and ix35 compact SUV. Hyundai plans to move production of the next i10 for Europe to Turkey from India by the end of 2013. Hyundai will build the i10 minicar at its joint venture plant with Kibar Holding alongside the i20 subcompact.