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Posted on January 17th, 2020 by Patrick Sands


As a Legacy Sponsor, Kia will Donate a 2020 Telluride SUV to the Organization

  • 2020 marks the automotive brand’s eighth year in partnership with The King Center, and its first year as a major contributor to the Salute to Greatness Awards Gala
  • The Georgia-manufactured Telluride will support The King Center’s transportation needs to further its mission of inspiration and empowerment


West Point, GA, January 17, 2020 —Kia Motors today announced that they will serve as a Legacy Sponsor at The King Center’s upcoming Salute to Greatness Awards Gala, taking place on Saturday, January 18 in Atlanta, GA.

As part of the brand’s partnership with The King Center, Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia and Kia Motors America will donate a 2020 Telluride SUV to support the organization’s goal of building Beloved Communities all over the world. The award-winning vehicle will also be on display at The King Center through Tuesday, January 21.

“Kia is honored to support The King Center in its efforts to foster a more inclusive and peaceful society,” said Jang Soo (Jason) Shin, President and CEO, Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia. “Our company’s Core Values reinforce the importance of People, Collaboration, Globality, and the spirit of Challenge, which encourages positive action beyond the workplace and into the communities in which we live. Given our U.S. manufacturing plant in neighboring West Point, Georgia, we are proud to work with an Atlanta-based organization that shares these values.”

Kia Motors has partnered with The King Center since 2013 as part of its corporate social responsibility efforts and looks forward to The King Center’s continued success in its work to promote peace. Proceeds from the gala will be used to support the King Center’s Nonviolence365® Education & Training, Camp NOW Leadership Academy, and Students with King #Nonviolence365® Youth Initiative, as well as other initiatives that expand on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s teachings and legacy.

About Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia, Inc.

Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia, Inc. (KMMG) is the first manufacturing site in North America for Kia Motors Corporation based in Seoul, Korea. With an annual capacity of 340,000 units, KMMG is located on 2,200 acres in West Point, Georgia, and began mass production on Nov. 16, 2009.  KMMG is home to the Telluride and Sorento SUVs and the Optima mid-size sedan.

About Kia Motors America

Headquartered in Irvine, California, Kia Motors America has been the highest ranked mass market brand in initial quality for five consecutive years according to J.D. Power[i]. and is recognized as one of the 100 Best Global Brands by Interbrand. Kia serves as the “Official Automotive Partner” of the NBA and offers a complete range of vehicles sold through a network of nearly 800 dealers in the U.S., including cars and SUVs proudly assembled in West Point, Georgia.*

*The Telluride, Sorento and Optima (excluding Hybrid and Plug-In Hybrid) are assembled in the United States from U.S. and globally sourced parts.

About The King Center

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change (The King Center) is a 501(c) (3) organization established in 1968 by Mrs. Coretta Scott King. The King Center is the official living memorial and programmatic nonprofit organization committed to educating the world on the life, legacy, and teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The King Center serves to inspire new generations to carry forward King’s unfinished work, strengthen causes and empower change-makers who are continuing his efforts today. The King Center’s premiere educational initiative, Nonviolence365®, is based on Dr. King’s nonviolent philosophy and methodology. His teachings engage participants from various sectors of society, including emerging and next generation leaders, in modules and exercises that enhance communication, leadership, interpersonal and conflict reconciliation skills.


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