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Kia compact vehicles contractor suspends production

SEOUL A South Korean contract manufacturer for Kia Motors’ < 000270. KS> compact vehicles has suspended production, a business official said on Monday, citing a drop in overseas demand as the coronavirus outbreak has spread across Europe.

Donghee Auto, which produces Kia’s Picanto and Ray models, has suspended production at its plant in Seosan, South Korea, until April 13, the state said.

Of the 195, 516 Picanto vehicles produced in South Korea last year 73% were exported, mostly to Europe, Korea Automobile Manufacturers Association data shows.

Hyundai Wia < 011210. KS>, which produces engines for the Picanto and Ray, also said in a regulatory filing on Monday that it’s going to suspend operations at its plant in Pyeongtaek, South Korea, from April 6 to April 9.

Kia failed to reply immediatley to a request for comment.