New York, New York – Kia Motors will expand production at its plant in West Point, Georgia with the addition of the 2012 Optima in the third quarter of 2011.

The Optima, previously known as the Magentis in Canada, is currently built in South Korea.

The Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia (KMMG) plant currently builds the Kia Sorento and expects to have nearly 3,000 employees later this year once a third wave of hiring is done to support the expansion.

“The success of the West Point, Georgia plant and the high-quality Sorento CUV built there underscores the attention to detail and commitment to quality and craftsmanship exhibited by each KMMG team member and is the primary reason for Kia Motors’ decision to add Optima to the plant’s production line,” said Byung Mo Ahn, group president and CEO of Kia Motors America and KMMG. “Kia is experiencing tremendous growth in the U.S. and the increased volume at KMMG will create more jobs at the plant as well as nearby and on-site suppliers, and is the latest demonstration of our unwavering commitment to the U.S. and local economies.”

KMMG began producing the Sorento in November 2009. It has been Kia Motors America’s best-selling vehicle for 15 consecutive months and in 2010 represented 30 per cent of the company’s total sales.

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