First U.S.-Built Kia Rolls off Production Line at Georgia Plant

The first ever U.S.-made Kia, a 2011 Sorento, rolled off the production line, at the South Korean automaker's newly built factory in the state of Georgia, on Tuesday. The US$1 billion manufacturing plant is expected to produce 300,000 vehicles a year at full capacity and employ 2,500 workers directly, with on-site and nearby suppliers creating another 7,500 additional jobs in the area.

"The start of production at our first manufacturing facility in the United States further demonstrates our commitment to growth in North America and we are proud to be adding 2,500 jobs to the local economy," said B.M. Ahn, President and CEO, Kia Motors America (KMA) and Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia (KMMG).

With the opening of the Georgia plant, Kia's total global production capacity currently stands at 2.56 million vehicles per year of which 1.53 million units are built at the firm's factories in Korea, 430,000 units in China, 300,000 units in Slovakia and now, 300,000 units in the US.


Anonymous said... »November 17, 2009

one of the better looking suvs on the market. hope it goes as well as it looks.

KJB434 said... »November 17, 2009




Anonymous said... »November 18, 2009

This would have been a great idea in 1995 to compete with the Explorer but I think the suv is a relic of the past.

Anonymous said... »November 18, 2009

To KJB434: At least they are providing jobs and a boost to the local economies where they reside. What have the domestics and unions done lately besides contribute to our economic woes? I'd rather work non-union for a foreign manufacturer than be starving in the street. Manufacturers like Kia/Hyundai have been pumping improved models with great warranties into the pipeline and are a step(if not two steps)ahead of the domestics. It's amazing that foreign manufacturers can build vehicles cheaper in the States than the domestics. We are in deep trouble my friends.

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