Kia's first U.S.-built vehicle is a 2011 Sorento CUV in white, and with the wheels in motion, the Korean automaker's Georgia facility is officially open for business. Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia is expected to produce 300,000 vehicles at full capacity and put 2500 people to work on-site at the 2200-acre plant.
KMMG includes a body stamping facility and a transmission shop where the 2011 Kia Sorento's six-speed automatic transmission is assembled. The 186-foot-long stamping press spans from almost 20 feet below the floor to 39.4 feet high, and delivers 5400 tons of pressure. In addition to the state-of-the-art manufacturing facility, Kia has also built a two-mile test track.
The 2011 Kia Sorento goes on sale January 2010.