Sohari Plant

The birthplace of Korea's automobile industry

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Gwangmyeong , Location with ready access to labor and transportation facilities.
Biggest automotive plant facility near the country’s capital, Seoul.

Sohari Plant Gwangmyeong, South Korea

Manufacturing the heart of car, Engine shop.
The birth place of world-famous Gamma and Ramda engine.
Manufacturing outer and inner panels of a vehicle body.
Forming the body structure by welding floor, side and roof panels.
Apply pre-treatment and color to protect and enhance exterior appearance.
Assemble various parts to complete vehicle production.
Final inspection line to ensure top quality before being shipped to customer.
Test track to prove its excellence in quality.
Vehicles shipped to Kia’s dealerships.
Lifetime partner in automobiles and beyond, Kia Motors

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The Original Plant of Kia Motors

When it first opened in June 1973, the Sohari Plant produced two-wheeled vehicles. Then it added three-wheeled vehicles and four-wheeled trucks to its lineup before it finally started producing four-wheeled passenger cars.


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The Driving Force for the Growth of Korea's Automotive Industry

The lineup formerly produced in the Sohari Plant, including the Brisa, the Bongo and the Rio, fueled the tandem development of Kia Motors and Korea's auto industry.


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Close proximity to the Greater Seoul Area

The Sohari Plant is a major production site in close proximity to the Greater Seoul Area that plays a critical role in the regional economy.
Its social contributions and close ties to local people contribute to the development of the community.


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Opened in

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The origin of Kia Motors


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71 times the size of a soccer field


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15 percent of Kia's entire employees

Annual production capacity

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10 percent of Kia's total capacity

Models produced Five

  • Rio


  • K9


  • Carnival


  • Stinger


  • Stonic


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Facilities of the Sohari Plant

Today the Sohari Plant has 4 times the production capacity it had when it first opened. Its size is over 10 times greater. Discover interesting facts about the facilities within the Sohari Plant as it gears up to create a new future based on its tradition.

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Experience the Sohari Plant

Take the opportunity to have a closer look at how Kia cars are produced through its state-of-the-art production process.


Main gage > Watch our promotion video > Press > Body (welding) >Assembly Shop 2 (Rio) > Gamma engine unit > Assembly Shop 1 (Sedona, Quoris, Rio) > End of tour


Kia-ro 113 (Soha-dong), Gwangmyeong, Gyeonggi
Phone: 02-801-3408

If you come by car from Seoul:

Gangbyeon Expressway > Seobu Expressway > Geumcheon Interchange > Anyangcheon-ro > Geumha-ro > Hahan-ro > Kia Crossroads > Sohari Plant

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