U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) and Hyundai Motor Group Chairman Mong-Koo Chung toured the Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia assembly plant in West Point on Wednesday.
The pair toured the $1.1billion facility with Kia leaders and local and Korean press in tow. Chung met with Chambliss after the tour to talk about the economic impact of the plant and Kia’s record-setting sales momentum and potential for future growth in the U.S.
“Kia Motors has quickly grown to become the seventh largest auto brand in the U.S. and this success is the result of hard work and commitment to quality by all Kia team members and management, as well as a strong and mutually beneficial partnership with the state of Georgia,” Chung said in a written release. “Kia is on pace to achieve an all-time sales record this year with nearly 50-percent of sales coming from vehicles built at KMMG, and I expect this momentum to continue into the future.”
Kia Motors America recently completes its best first-half sales performance in company history, representatives said, and achieved 23 consecutive monthly sales records. Kia’s year-to-date sales in the United States are up 15.9 percent over 2011, due mostly to demand for the Sorento and Optima models, both built in West Point, Kia officials said.
“We are so proud that Kia has become and integral part of Georgia’s economy, and a valued and welcome member of the local community,” Chambliss said in a written release. “The Kia facility has created jobs and improved the quality of life not just in Troup County, but across the state. We know this is a great place to live and work, and it is wonderful to know that a company of Kia’s caliber agrees.”