October 20, 2016 @ 03:12 PM

​Hyundai opens fourth manufacturing plant in China

Opening of new plant coincides with Hyundai’s 14th year of operation in the country

Further strengthening their presence in China, Hyundai Motor Company had recently opened their fourth manufacturing plant in the strategically-important city of Cangzhou in north eastern China. With an annual capacity of 30,0000 units, the new Beijing Hyundai Motor Company Cangzhou Branch also benefits the local community by creating 6000 jobs as well.

“Completion of our Cangzhou Plant is the foundation that enables Hyundai Motor to make a new leap forward in China. Together, Hyundai Motor and Kia Motors can produce up to 2.4 million cars annually in China with plants in operation at eight strategic Chinese sites,” said Hyundai Motor Chairman Chung Mong-Koo during the plant’s opening.

The new plant is built on a 1.92 million square meter site with a floor space of 250,000 square meters. Fully equipped with press, body, paint, assembly line and an engine plant, the plant’s initial capacity of 200,000 units will manufacture strategically important small cars. However, they will expand to the maximum capacity of 300,000 units by 2018.

Also unveiled during the plant opening ceremony was the Verna Yuena which will be the first car to be produced at the new plant. The concept version was unveiled at the 2016 Beijing Motor Show and was developed specifically to satisfy the demand of the Chinese customers. 

Featuring Hyundai Motor’s ‘Modern Elegance’ approach with its large hexagonal grill and a spacious interior, the Verna Yuena will come with two engine choices: a 1.6-liter unit producing 118bhp and a smaller 1.4-liter with 99bhp. 

The Verna Yuena is jam packed with the latest safety technology to keep the occupants safe which include the VSM (Vehicle Stability Management) and TPMS (Tire Pressure Monitoring System). It also comes with a smart trunk, heated front row seats, a sunroof, and it will fully support Apple CarPlay and Baidu CarLife.

Hussein Zain

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