Hyundai has disclosed plans to build two additional factories in China, raising the total number of assembly plants to five.

Hyundai has disclosed plans to build two additional factories in China, raising the total number of assembly plants to five.

China is the world's largest car market so naturally Hyundai (and Kia) want a bigger piece of the action which is why in the second quarter of this year work will start on a new plant located in the Hebei province in northern China. Production of small vehicles is programmed to commence in the second half of 2016 and by 2018 it will reach full capacity.

The other factory is located in Chongqing (southwest China) will enter construction phase in the third quarter of this year and will be ready to assemble small and mid-size cars (including China-specific models) from the first half of 2017.

Both assembly plants will have a maximum annual production capacity of 300,000 units and will help Hyundai and Kia keep their market share above the ten percent mark. By 2018, all five factories will enable the South Korean duo have a combined production capacity of 2.7 million cars, a lot more than last year's 1.95 million.

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