Kia produces first vehicle at U.S. plant

The first U.S.-built Kia vehicle, a white 2011 MY Sorento CUV, rolled off the production line on Nov. 17 at Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia (KMMG), in West Point, Ga., officially opening the first U.S. Kia Motors plant.

KMMG is expected to produce 300,000 vehicles at full capacity and employ 2,500 people, with onsite and nearby suppliers creating 7,500 additional jobs in the region. KMMG continues Kia Motors' aggressive investment in the U.S. market. Since 2002, more than $1.3 billion has been invested in various facilities throughout the country, including a dedicated corporate campus and design center in Irvine, Calif., a state-of-the-art research and development center in Ann Arbor, Mich., and custom-built vehicle proving grounds in Mojave, Calif.

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