Kia Motors has been appointed an ‘Official Supplier’ to the Slovakian Ministry of the Interior and awarded a contract to supply locally-manufactured Kia vehicles to the country’s police forces until 2010.
The first batch of 43 cee’d police patrol cars were handed-over recently and a further 350 cee’d cars are scheduled for delivery by year-end. Over the next three years, up to 4,000 Kia vehicles could be ordered as part of the Interior Ministry’s re-equipment programme.
At the hands of policemen operating different shifts, each cee’d patrol car will operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and will be expected to cover up to 200km per day in the course of regular police duties.
“This significant fleet order from the Slovakia Republic is an endorsement of the design, quality and durability of the Kia cee’d,” commented Mr Jean-Charles Lievens, Senior Vice President Kia Motors Europe. “Sin ce its launch in Europe in December 2006, more than 80,000 cee’d five-door models have been delivered, and the car has played a key role in winning over new C-segment customers to the Kia brand.”
The Slovakia Police patrol cars will be manufactured at Kia’s first-ever plant in Europe – the €1 billion operation at Zilina established by Kia in north eastern Slovakia over the last three years. With a highly-trained staff of 2,400 working two shifts, Zilina is already building three Kia models – cee’d five-door hatchback, cee’d Sporty Wagon and Sportage SUV – and will begin production of the pro_cee’d three-door later this year, living up to its promise of becoming the most productive car manufacturing plant in Europe.