Report says Apple to invest $3.6 billion in Kia for Apple Car production

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What you need to know

  • A new report claims Apple will invest $3.6 billion in Kia for Apple Car production.
  • The report also says the car will be built in its Georgia (U.S.) plant as soon as 2024.

As reported by Bloomberg, a local media report claims that Apple is planning to invest $3.6 billion in Kia Motors in order to produce the Apple Car with the South Korean car manufacturer.

The report came from DongA Ilbo and says that the automaker will begin to produce an Apple electric car at its Georgia factory in the United States as soon as 2024.

The iPhone maker plans to set up production with Kia and build Apple cars at the automaker's facility in Georgia, U.S., DongA Ilbo reported, without citing anyone. The companies may sign a deal on Feb. 17 and aim to introduce Apple cars in 2024, according to the newspaper, which said they have an initial target to produce 100,000 autos a year.

The report lines up with another from mid-January that said Hyundai had handed off a potential partnership with Apple to Kia, and that the company would be building the electric car in - you guessed it - its Georgia factory. After Hyundai had walked back a potential confirmation of talks with Apple, Kia was careful to say that it was "reviewing cooperation on self-driving electric cars with multiple foreign firms."

South Korean automaker Kia Corp said on Wednesday it's reviewing cooperation on self-driving electric cars with multiple foreign firms, making no mention of a report linking it to a project with tech giant Apple Inc.Kia's comment, issued in a regulatory filing as its shares surged nearly 20% in Seoul, came after domestic online publication Edaily reported late on Tuesday that Kia's parent, Hyundai Motor Group, had decided Kia would be in charge of proposed cooperation with Apple on electric cars. The report cited unnamed industry sources.

Reports have been incredibly varied around the production and release of a potential electric vehicle from Apple. Another report from earlier today says that the car would not see a release date until at least 2025.

Both Kia and Apple declined to comment on the story.

Joe Wituschek

Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.