Kia Motors opens manufacturing plant in Georgia, USA
The state-of-the-art plant in West Point, Georgia, is capable of producing 300,000 cars annually for the North American and global markets. Representing a $1 billion investment by Kia Motors Corporation, the 2.2 million-square-foot plant is situated on more than 2,200 acres of land. The site has four main shops: stamping, welding, paint and assembly plus a transmission shop, module shop and a two-mile test track where every vehicle produced by KMMG will be thoroughly tested. KMMG says that its cutting-edge technology ensures high productivity and high efficiency for each process.
Mass production of the all-new 2011 Kia Sorento began on 16 November 2009, with the product officially going on sale in the US in January of this year. Selling 7,398 units in its first month, the 2011 Sorento was Kia's best-selling vehicle in January.
'The outstanding early performance of the first vehicle produced from our new plant is a significant achievement for KMMG, KMA and the Kia brand as a whole,' said Byung-Mo Ahn, group president and CEO of KMMG and Kia Motors America (KMA).
'As we grow we will continue to expand our line of vehicles here and abroad while staying true to the Kia brand tenets of value, quality, safety and technology; and KMMG will play a prominent role in achieving our goals,' he added.
Despite the industry downturn amid the global recession, Kia Motors' car sales in the US grew by 9.8% over the previous year to 300,063 units in 2009. Kia aims to increase sales by 15.6% to 347,000 vehicles in 2010.
'Continued diligence has helped elevate Kia to one of the fastest growing automobile brands around the globe. With the successful launch of the new Kia Sorento last month, and the opening of our first manufacturing plant in the United States, the Kia brand is well positioned for further growth and to become a worldwide leader in quality and innovation,' concluded Mr Ahn.