Kia Celebrates Assembling of 300,000th Vehicle in U.S.
Yesterday Kia Motors America reported that the 300,000th vehicle was assembled at its West Point facility, located in Georgia. It was a silver Sorrento SX, the same CUV that became the first production vehicle, which rolled off the line in November 2009.
The South Korean automaker managed to achieve this milestone due to the addition of the third working shift. Currently the plant produces the second generation of Kia Sorento and the 2010 Hyundai Santa Fe. In September Kia plans to launch production of the Optima sedan at the KMMG (Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia) factory.
"The completion of our 300,000th vehicle in less than two years is another historic milestone for KMMG, and the success of the plant is attributable to each team members' commitment to outstanding quality," said Byung Mo Ahn, Group President and CEO of Kia Motors America (KMA) and KMMG. "Now, with three full shifts of production and the upcoming addition of the Optima, our production goals will continue to be very aggressive."
During the past years Kia has reached several key goals and has proven its leading positions on the U.S. market. In April 2010, the South Korean manufacturer celebrated the production of its 50,000th vehicle. Last September, the company passed a 100,000 vehicles milepost, even before the second working shift was launched. This year Kia experiences the unprecedented growth in the United States. The company has already reported record sales in 2011 and announced its plans to increase the production to 360,000 vehicles in 2012.