- New Generation i10 being produced at HAOS factory in Ízmit in Turkey
- Annual Turkish capacity now 200.000 units; European capacity now 500.000
- 90% of Hyundai cars sold in Europe from 2014 will be built in Europe
- The New Generation i10 heralds a new era for Hyundai: the start of European production of its A-segment model.
European investment, European production
The move of production involved a €508 million investment in the Hyundai Assan Otomotiv Sanayi (HAOS) production facility in Ízmit, made in 2012. The investment has created more than 2.700 jobs at the plant and in the local supplier base, and takes Hyundai’s total investment in its Turkish production facility to more than €1 billion.
The addition of New Generation i10 to our production line in Turkey is a very positive step, guaranteeing European consumers high levels of build quality thanks to the plant’s world-class standards.Allan RushforthSenior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Hyundai Motor Europe
In total, Hyundai employs 2.350 people at the plant, which also utilises 170 robots. The number of direct suppliers based in the Ízmir region has increased to 43 thanks to the expansion in production capacity. The lines at the 123.167 m2 Turkish facility have been extended by 55,5% to accommodate New Generation i10 production – they are now 560 metres long and capable of producing 36 cars per hour.
The addition of the New Generation i10 to the production line – alongside Hyundai’s B-segment model, New i20 – will see the HAOS factory increase its annual production capacity to 200.000 units from 2014. Hyundai’s annual production capacity at its two European plants – in Turkey and the Czech Republic – now stands at 500.000 units.
Production of New Generation i10 at the Turkish factory began in September 2013 with European sales starting in November 2013. From 2014 onwards, more than 90% of all cars built at HAOS will be destined for sale in Europe.
Simplified production, greater choice
The adoption of a pan-European trim strategy for New Generation i10 has reduced factory complexity by approximately 85%, lowering production times while increasing customer choice.