Sabah – The new version of Hyundai’s high-on-demand supermini, the 2014 i20, will soon roll out of the company’s plant in Turkey. To be showcased at Paris Motor Show in October, South Korean company’s new and significantly larger B-segment vehicle will only be built in Turkey, alongside its smaller sibling, the i10.
A hot seller in Europe, the i20 model entered production in the Hyundai Assan plant, located in Izmit in Turkey’s Kocaeli province in May, 2012. The plant received over USD 600 million of investments during the last two years for capacity increases and adding of new assembly lines. Its annual production capacity currently stands at 200,000 vehicles.
Established as a joint venture with the Turkish Kibar Group in 1997, the Hyundai Assan plant is Hyundai’s longest-operating overseas manufacturing facility and considered the company’s ‘supermini manufacturing hub’.
Home to global automakers Ford, Fiat, Toyota, Honda, Renault as well as Hyundai, Turkey’s automotive industry manufactured a total of 1.13 million vehicles in 2013.