Kia's Monterrey, Mexico plant is one of the newest and most technologically advanced auto manufacturing plants in the world. Kia manufactures the Rio, Forte and Hyundai Accent there. Thirteen suppliers are located around the factory.
Opened in 2015, the $3 billion facility is massive, spanning some 2.9 million square feet. Every vehicle that rolls off the line is put through its paces on a specialized test track that spans the entire width of the property. It employs more than 7,000 people.
The plant can produce 400,000 vehicles annually, about 10 percent of Kia’s global capacity, equivalent to the number of Ford F-Series pickups sold in the U.S.
Last week the governor of Nuevo León, Mexico, claimed Kia will invest $1 billion to upgrade its factory for production of two new EVs.