Production of the new cee’d Sportswagon has begun at the Kia’s Zilina plant in Slovakia, becoming the second new model to be built at the facility this year. The Sportswagon is the estate variant of the second-generation cee’d hatchback that made its debut in Geneva this year.

Demand for the new cee’d Sportswagon, previously known as the cee’d SW, is expected to boost production at Zilina to 285,000 vehicles in 2012. The previous gen cee’d SW represented more than 20% of the site’s overall production. This year Zilina has produced 167,000 vehicles and 266,000 engines in the first seven months, recording 11% and 52% year-on-year increases respectively.

“The cee’d Sportswagon is an important addition to the Kia range in Europe and we have been preparing for its production throughout 2012. We are confident that the Sportswagon will prove very popular with European customers and help the Zilina plant in meeting its production target,” said Eek-Hee Lee, President and CEO of Kia Motors Slovakia.

The Sportswagon boasts a load space of 528 litres, or 1,642 litres with the rear seats folded. It is otherwise similar to the hatchback version, which you can read all about here. Kia is also preparing for the launch of the new three-door pro_cee’d, which will begin production in early 2013.