Kia Motors got a boost from a local report out of South Korea saying the car maker is partnering with Apple to produce a new generation of electric vehicles.
Apple is investing 4 trillion won ($3.6 billion) in Kia as part of the collaboration, according to the report, which sent shares of Kia up 9.7% in Korea.
Shares of Apple were up 0.13% to $135.16 in pre-market trading on Wednesday.
Apple will set up production with Kia and build Apple cars at the company’s facility in Georgia, Korean newspaper DongA Ilbo reported, though the report did not cite sources for the information, Bloomberg reported.
The newspaper also said that the two companies could sign a deal on Feb. 17 and are planning to introduce Apple cars in 2024, with an initial target to produce 100,000 vehicles a year.
Video: Samsung’s M&A in new growth areas could drive its business in coming years: CLSA (CNBC)
Last month, South Korean automaker Hyundai, an affiliate of Kia’s, announced it was in preliminary talks with Apple on developing a self-driving car, before quickly backing away from the statement and saying it has received requests from a number of technology suitors to develop autonomous electric vehicles.
The initial statement sent shares of Hyundai soaring 19%.
Also in January, analysts at Evercore raised their price target on Apple in a note suggesting that a potential “Apple Car” could have the same disruptive impact as the company’s iPhone.
Evercore analyst Amit Daryanani, who kept an outperform rating on the shares, said in a note to investors that his near-term “bullish bias” is driven by expectations for an iPhone supercycle, the monetization of its installed base and gross margin expansion, according to the Fly.
The analyst also said that recent discussions around an Apple Car “have become louder” and sees increased odds that Apple will have a product in the automotive space in the next five years.
This article was originally published by TheStreet.