Kia Builds One-Millionth Vehicle In United States
- Automaker builds one-millionth vehicle in U.S.
- Special vehicle is a 2014 Sorento in Snow White Pearl
- Brand has built cars in the U.S. since November 2009
After less than four years of production, Kia has built its one-millionth car in the U.S. The one-millionth vehicle, a Snow White Pearl 2014 Sorento SXL, rolled off the line at the brand's West Point, Ga. manufacturing plant earlier this month.
Of course, reaching one million vehicles is no easy feat -- especially so quickly. The plant, officially called Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia (KMMG), opened in November 2009 and began producing the midsize Sorento crossover shortly thereafter. In 2011, production expanded to include the midsize Optima sedan.
"Building one million vehicles in less than four years is a tremendous achievement and one that each one of our more than 3,000 team members can take great pride in," said Byung Mo Ahn, chief executive of Kia Motors America and KMMG.
Industry insiders won't be surprised that the plant has already churned out a million vehicles. The Sorento is the automaker's most popular SUV, while the Optima is the brand's most popular car. And at the plant's current capacity of around 360,000 units per year, the next million could come even quicker than the first.
Kia has no special plans for the millionth Sorento. The brand says it will allocate the unique crossover to one of its "more than 765 dealerships nationwide," where it will likely be sold to an unsuspecting buyer.
The KMMG plant employs roughly 11,000 people in Alabama and western Georgia. The site, which comprises around 2,300 acres, represented an initial $1 billion investment in the brand's future on the U.S. market.
What it means to you: Kia continues to display its status as an up-and-coming force among automotive brands.