Kia is setting up the streamers and the champagne is on ice. The 100,000th Sorento crossover just went home with a new owner and it marks the first U.S.-built Kia vehicle to pass that milestone. For the past 11 months, the Sorento has been the brand's sales leader and it was only a matter of time before 100,000 of the crossovers took up residence in American driveways.
The Kia Sorento is built at Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia, which is located in city of West Point. It shares the facility with the Hyundai Sante Fe. KMMG has an annual capacity of 300,000 units so perhaps the 100,000th sale is just the beginning of many more Sorento sales for the United States.
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Kia's First U.S.-Built* and Best-Selling Vehicle Reaches Historic Milestone
IRVINE, Calif., Dec. 10, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Kia Motors America (KMA) today celebrated the sale of its 100,000th Sorento CUV, the brand's first U.S.-built vehicle from Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia (KMMG) in West Point, Georgia. Since going on sale, Sorento has been Kia's best-selling vehicle for eleven consecutive months and is the first Kia vehicle to eclipse the 100,000 unit mark in the U.S. in one year.
"Selling 100,000 Sorentos over an 11-month period is an extraordinary achievement for not only the Kia brand, but our first U.S. plant as well," said Byung Mo Ahn, group president and CEO of KMA and KMMG. "This impressive sales milestone demonstrates Kia's growing brand impact in the U.S., which is a direct result of our ongoing design-led transformation which has delivered a growing stable of new generation Kia vehicles, highlighted by our best-selling Sorento, and will continue into the future with the arrival of several more exciting, stylish and fun to drive products."
The 2011 Sorento encompasses both the brand's signature design cues as well as its distinct combination of value, safety and style, offering consumers a well-equipped, well-appointed CUV with impressive horsepower suited perfectly for the fun, dynamic and discerning driver. Shortly after its debut, Sorento received a 2010 "Top Safety Pick" award by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS)(1).
Kia's model year 2011 vehicle line includes the Sorento CUV, Sportage compact CUV, Optima midsize sedan, Soul urban passenger vehicle, Forte compact sedan, Forte 5-door compact hatchback, Forte Koup two-door coupe, Rio sub-compact sedan, Rio5 sub-compact hatchback and Sedona minivan.
*Kia vehicles built at the Kia U.S. plant are assembled from U.S. and globally-sourced parts.