One of the best aspects of Kia vehicles is that many of the most popular models are built right here in the United States. Take the West Point, Georgia Kia manufacturing facility. This Southern facility builds the 2012 Kia Sorento Crossover SUV and the Kia Optima midsize sedan. Recently, the factory produced its 500,000th vehicle- a Snow White Pearl Kia Optima SX.
Byung Mo Ahn, CEO of Kia Motors America, explains the importance of this milestone, stating, "Building 500,000 vehicles in just over two years is quite a milestone for our first U.S. manufacturing plant to accomplish. The commitment from each one of our team members is a big reason we've been able to achieve 17 consecutive months of record sales. Their dedication to building world-class, high-quality vehicles is apparent in each vehicle we produce."1
The Georgia factory began by only producing Kia Sorento models, but it added the Optima lineup after a short time due to high demand. The factory has only been open since November 16, 2009 and has accomplished much during that short time. Recently, the factory underwent a $100 million expansion, which added two additional work shifts and boosted employee numbers to 3,000 people.
The Kia Optima has been one of the brand's best-selling vehicles so far this year, so if you haven't yet, be sure to stop by Kia of Waldorf, located at 3188 Crain Highway Waldorf, MD 20603, and check it out! If the Optima doesn't suit you, we have a variety of other new Kia models from which to choose, so be sure to stop by today!