The company has been building cars in the US for a decade.
Earlier this year, the first 2020 Kia Telluride rolled off the assembly line at the company's US plant in West Point, Georgia. Kia has been building vehicles in the US for a decade now and also builds the Optima sedan and Sorento SUV at its Georgia facility. Just a few months after building the first Telluride, Kia just hit a major milestone in the US when it built the plant's three millionth vehicle - a white 2020 Telluride SX Prestige.
This is an important car for Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia, which began production on November 16, 2009, following an investment of over $1.1 billion. KMMG now produces more than 40% of all Kia vehicles sold in the US just a decade after coming online.
"Producing three million vehicles in less than 10 years is another example of the commitment and results of the KMMG Team's 'One System, One Team' philosophy," said KMMG President and CEO Jangsoo (Jason) Shin. "The world-class quality that goes into every Telluride, Sorento, and Optima we build is a direct result of the hard work and dedication of our team members, and today we salute their commitment to excellence."
"KMMG is an outstanding example of hardworking Georgians performing at world-class levels," said Georgia Governor Brian Kemp. "The company's continued investment here is yet another result of our pro-business atmosphere, and I am proud to see KMMG's relationship with the State of Georgia continue to strengthen. I want to congratulate Kia's team members on the latest of many accomplishments."
We always preach paying attention to where your car is built because the badge on the hood does not always tell the full story. If you are in the market for an American-built car, for example, the Kia Optima, Sorento, and Telluride can all be on your shopping list, whereas "American" models like the Chevy Blazer, Buick Envision, and Dodge Challenger are not actually built in the US. KMMG has even been recognized for its quality vehicles, ranking at number two on this year's JD Power Initial Quality Study.