Kia Motors announces plan for its first car factory in Mexico
South Korean car maker's $1 billion plant follows similar plans by BMW, Daimler and Renault-Nissan.
Kia’s announcement follows several by other car companies planning to expand or build new factories in Mexico.
Last month, Germany’s BMW said it will spend $1 billion to build a new luxury car factory in San Luis Potosi state that will start production in 2019 as part of an effort to expand the company’s presence in the United States. BMW’s announcement came a week after Daimler and Renault-Nissan said they would spend $1.6 billion on a factory in Mexico to make premium compact cars for the Infiniti and Mercedes brands.
Kia vice chairman Lee Hyoung-Keun said this will be the company’s first car factory in Mexico. Kia has five others car factories outside South Korea.
“Mexico has acquired unique experience during its integration into global value chains, especially in the automotive industry,” Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto said.
Mexico is a favourite spot for car makers, thanks in part to its relatively low wages, proximity to the United States and several free trade agreements with 45 countries.
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