West Point, Ga. — Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia, Inc. (KMMG) celebrated production of its 50,000th Kia Sorento today in its new West Point, Ga. manufacturing facility.
More than 1,300 team members currently work at the facility, which began mass production of the all new Kia Sorento CUV on Nov., 16, 2009. The new state-of-the-art facility is the first manufacturing plant for Kia Motors in North America and will employ approximately 2,500 people by the end of the year.
“We’re proud of our team,” said Stuart Countess, Senior Manager, General Assembly. “They have demonstrated that by working together as a team and by having passion about what they do, we can produce a great quality automobile right here in West Point, Georgia.”
The all new Sorento CUV has spurred strong sales in the U.S. market since its introduction in January. It was Kia’s best-selling vehicle the first three months of this year, and helped lead Kia Motors America (KMA) to a record best first quarter ever with sales up 11.3 percent year-to-date over last year.
“The new Kia Sorento is a product of a world-class team equipped with the latest technology in manufacturing,” said Countess. “We look forward to applying those same concepts to our second vehicle scheduled for production later this year.”
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.