The latest episode of "who wants Kia's U.S. plant" contest: next month, Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco will be visiting Kia's headquarter in South Korea to persuade the company to build its new plant in her state. This news comes after Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour visited the firm last week at its Seoul HQ to lobby for building a Kia plant in his state. Governor Barbour offered incentives to Kia equivalent to those given for Hyundai Motor's Alabama plant.
We believe Kia want to have a U.S. plant to build the Mojave concept (shown) from the 2004 Chicago Auto Show, as the truck would be a meaningful addition to its U.S. lineup, but Hyundai's plant in Alabama isn't set up to build trucks. Now that two southern states have put in bids, it's time for Tennessee, Georgia, and Florida to book a trip to Seoul and up the ante.