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Kia’s European factory reaches major milestone

Four millionth car produced at Kia's Žilina plant in Slovakia

The four millionth car has rolled off the production line at Kia’s Žilina plant in Slovakia. A Kia Sportage was the milestone motor at the factory which acted as a springboard for the South Korean brand’s expansion across Europe when it opened 15 years ago. The first vehicles produced at …

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Celebrating a MINI milestone

20 years of MINI production at Swindon and Oxford

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the first modern MINI – and production at BMW Group’s two plants in Oxford and Swindon. Since 2001, more than five million MINI models (3-Door Hatch, 5-Door Hatch, Clubman and the Electric) have been built at Plant Oxford, all on the same production …

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End of an era for the Bentley Mulsanne

Bentley Mulsanne milestone

After more than a decade in production, the final example of the Bentley Mulsanne has been completed. More than 7,300 Mulsanne luxury saloons – all handcrafted at Bentley’s home in Crewe, Cheshire – have left the production line. The Mulsanne’s lineage can be traced back through Bentley’s history, from the …

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Volkswagen passes 150 million vehicle milestone

Volkswagen's 150,000th vehicle

German automotive giant Volkswagen has passed a major production anniversary – its 150 millionth vehicle has left the main plant at Wolfsburg. Perhaps it’s appropriate that the landmark car was a plug-in hybrid VW Golf GTE – a sign of the future for the company. Series production of the Volkswagen brand …

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Skoda Fabia celebrates double milestone

Fabia production double celebration

Skoda has produced the 500,000th third-generation Fabia – and the four-millionth Fabia since the model debuted in 1999. The half-millionth Fabia – a Combi with a 1.0 TSI petrol engine and an automatic DSG transmission in Moon white – rolled off the production line in Mladá Boleslav in the Czech …

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Honda celebrates 100 million cars

Honda Civic manufacture in Swindon

Japanese car giant has reached an automotive milestone, building its 100 millionth car globally. Vehicle production began in 1963 with the T360 mini-truck and S500 sports car – a year later came the iconic S600 roadster. Honda now has 34 production facilities on five continents. For instance, Honda’s huge UK …

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Export milestone for Kia

Kia cars ready for export

Kia has exported its 15 millionth car from South Korea – 40 years after the first shipment of Brisa pick-up trucks. Or put another way, 15m Kia Optima cars, each measuring 4,845 mm in overall length, would circumvent the earth (40,000 km) 1.8 times when lined up bumper to bumper. During …

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Happy birthday Range Rover

Range Rovers

It’s 45 years to the day since the iconic Range Rover was launched to the world’s media. Range Rover is the original luxury all-terrain vehicle and Land Rover has brought together four generations of the “Rangie” to show its evolution over the years. It’s been a busy year already for …

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