Strong US demand for Optima prompts Kia to expand production
The carmaker is to expand its manufacturing plant in Georgia – which also produces the Sorento SUV – from September 2011 to raise annual capacity to 360,000 vehicles starting in 2012.
The $100 million project will see a series of expansion projects in each of the plant's four main shops – stamping, welding, paint and general assembly.
Byung Mo Ahn, group president and CEO of Kia Motors America and KMMG, said: 'Kia is experiencing unprecedented growth in the US, led by the best-selling Sorento, and with demand for the critically acclaimed Optima currently outpacing supply we are proud to add the popular sedan as the second Kia vehicle on the production line.'For more of the latest industry news, click here.