Kia’s plant in Georgia celebrated on Tuesday its two millionth vehicle built since it started production more than 6 years ago.
Kia Motors’ Georgia factory is the central pillar of the South Korean automaker’s success in North America, as is its first manufacturing site in the region. Located on 2,200 acres in West Point, the plant has begun the mass production process on November 16, 2009, and it can build up to 360,000 cars per year. This week, it reached an important milestone, as the plant’s two millionth vehicle – a white 2016 Sorento SXL – rolled off the assembly line. The company has invested more than 1.1 billion dollars so far in Georgia, where there are being assembled more than forty percent of all Kia cars sold in the United States.
“Assembling two million vehicles in less than seven years is a remarkable achievement, and one that each of our team members can take a lot of pride in,” said KMMG President and CEO Hyun-Jong Shin. “The world-class quality that goes into every Sorento CUV and Optima midsize sedan we build is a direct result of the hard work and commitment of our team members, and today we salute their commitment to excellence.”
Kia Motors America reported earlier year and all-time best annual sales of 625,818 vehicles for 2015, up 7.9 percent year-over-year. Brand’s best-selling nameplate was Optima with a record of 159,414 units, followed by the Soul model with 147,133 units, while Sorento was delivered to 116,249 customers.