Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia reaches one million U.S.-built vehicles
WEST POINT, Ga., July 11, 2013
WEST POINT, Ga., July 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Kia Motors Manufacturing
Georgia, Inc. (KMMG) celebrated as the one millionth vehicle – a snow white
pearl 2014 Sorento SXL – rolled off the assembly line at the West Point, Ga.
automobile manufacturing facility.
Representing an initial investment of $1 billion, mass production of the
Sorento CUV began at KMMG on November 16, 2009. Together with on-site and
local suppliers, the plant is responsible for the creation of more than 11,000
jobs in West Point and the surrounding region. A $100 million expansion
completed in early-2012 increased annual capacity to 360,000 vehicles and the
Optima mid-size sedan, which was added to the line in 2011, has been Kia's
best-selling vehicle in the U.S. for 19 consecutive months.
"Building one million vehicles in less than four years is a tremendous
achievement and one that each one of our more than 3,000 team members can take
great pride in," said Byung Mo Ahn, Group President and CEO for Kia Motors
America and Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia. "People are the heart and soul
of this company, and our team members' commitment to world class quality is
one of the major driving forces behind Kia's unprecedented sales and market
share growth in the U.S. over the last few years."
The one millionth Sorento will be allocated to one of Kia Motors America's
more than 765 dealerships nationwide.
Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia, Inc. (KMMG) is the first manufacturing site
in North America for Kia Motors Corporation based in Seoul, Korea. With an
annual capacity of 360,000 units, KMMG is located on 2,200 acres in West
Point, Georgia, and began mass production on Nov. 16, 2009. KMMG is home to
the Sorento CUV and the Optima mid-size sedan, two of the brand's top selling
models in the U.S.
SOURCE Kia Motors America
Contact: Corinne Hodges, Manager, Public Relations, 706.902.7637,
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