• Feb 7, 2011
2011 Kia Sorento SX – Click above for high-res image gallery

Kia is fresh off a fantastic 2010 in which the Korean automaker increased sales by 19 percent versus 2009, boosting its market share from 2.9 to 3.1 percent. A major reason Kia fared so well in 2010 was the success of the Sorento, which managed 109,000 sales for the year.

Automotive News reports that Kia will look to increase that total in 2011 by adding a third shift to the company's West Point, Georgia plant. Kia feels that stronger Sorento sales are inevitable given the fact that the U.S. auto market is picking up speed. Add the fact that dealers have reportedly been asking for more Sorentos for months now, and increasing production becomes more of a no-brainer.

Kia hasn't yet announced a start date for the plant's third shift, though dealers tell AN that additional Sorento CUVs will begin hitting retail stores "in the next couple months." In the meantime Kia will be looking for additional workers in Georgia, and we're thinking the Korean automaker will receive more than enough applications.



[Source: Automotive News - sub. req.]


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      • 3 Years Ago
      It would be nice if KIA could get some more stock to Australia while they are at it, long waits on specced up Sportage & Sorento and we're only getting 1000 Optimas until 2012
        • 3 Years Ago
        Same story here in Canada!
      • 3 Years Ago
      Being in GA I definitely think it would be good to work for Kia.
      • 3 Years Ago
      It LOOKS like an SUV but is based on some FWD Korean crap box and will fall apart in 2 years.

      JUNK
        • 3 Years Ago
        Downvoted for being an closeminded idiot.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Wait a minute, aren't you a Mopar fan?

        100% sure Hyundai and Kia are rated FAR ahead of Chrysler as a whole, since Chrysler rates at the very bottom or near the bottom with JD Power, TrueDelta and Consumer Reports.

        Nice try though....
        • 3 Years Ago
        I own a 2005, old truck based Sorento. I towed my legends car on the weekends for 4 years and have had NO problems. Great vehicle at a Great price. I would buy another Hyundai / Kia.
        • 3 Years Ago
        What an ignorant hater! Your junky statement verifies that you are a JUNK.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Its not just the Sorento. That plant also builds the Hyundai Sante Fe, which was moved there because the Hyundai plant can't built enough Sonatas and Elantras.

      Kia has certainly come a long way in a short time. When I dealt with them almost 20 years ago they were struggling to roll cars off the line that would even meet Korean market expectations (which consisted of "it moves itself" at the time). Now, together with Hyundai, they are the fourth largest car manufacturer in the world and can rival anyones quality. You can say a lot of things about them, but "lacking effort" is not one of them.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Great news for Kia!
        • 3 Years Ago
        Downvoted for stupidity
      • 3 Years Ago
      Stock tip: Kia
      • 3 Years Ago
      Kia is on a roll.
      • 3 Years Ago
      The current Sorento is a sharp lookin little scooter. Keep it up, KIA!
      • 3 Years Ago
      no surprise, i see it as a sharper and manlier alternative to a CR-V and Rav4.
        • 3 Years Ago
        hmmm yes indeed. no wtf if, anything like an acura
        • 3 Years Ago
        Yes, a good call fordblog, I see a good dose of Acura MDX in the design of this vehicle
      • 3 Years Ago
      kia steppin up little by little. their so sneaky like hyundai. but their doing good. its like the new honda and toyota.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Maybe because Kia *is* Hyundai?
      • 3 Years Ago
      Just wait until the turbo version comes out! Never thought I would say this but Hyundai/Kia is a Juggernaut.... Unstoppable.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Rented one and was totally shocked at how good it was.
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