West Point, Ga. — Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia (KMMG) transferred ownership of three 2011 Kia Sorentos to the Troup County School System. The vehicles will be allocated to Callaway High School, LaGrange High School and Troup High School for their automotive education program. Representatives of the school system and the automotive education departments visited the plant to participate in a ceremony to donate the vehicles on Thursday.
“We are delighted to make this donation because we know that by exposing students to current automotive technology we are contributing to the success of this plant and our community,” said Keun Sik Kim, senior vice president, human resources, administration, legal and public relations.
The three Sorentos are pre-production models meaning they are not permitted to drive on public roadways. William Scarborough, Owner of Double A Towing and Recovery, provided complimentary vehicle delivery to each high school following the event.
“We are grateful for this most recent addition to the automotive education fleet as these Sorentos will be instrumental in skill development for more than 300 students per semester,” commented Janet Greer, Troup County Schools director of post secondary opportunities.
Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia, Inc. (KMMG) is the first manufacturing site in North America for Kia Motors Corporation based in Seoul, Korea. KMMG is located on 2,200 acres in West Point, Georgia, and began full mass production of the 2011 Kia Sorento on November 16, 2009. At full capacity, the plant will have the ability to build 300,000 vehicles annually. The 2011 Kia Sorento is assembled in the United States from U.S. and globally-sourced parts.