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First American Made Kia, the All New 2011 Sorento, Ready to Begin Production - VIDEO ENHANCED

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2009 Kia Sorento shown here

2011 Sorento Will be the First Vehicle Produced at KMMG in West Point, Georgia

• Unibody CUV offers more cabin room and improved fuel economy

• Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia to begin production before year-end

IRVINE, CA - August 21, 2009: Introduced in 2002, the original Kia Sorento midsize SUV marked a huge step forward for Kia Motors, challenging established brands and beginning the process of changing perceptions of Kia Motors as solely a maker of small cars. That process will continue with the arrival of the all-new 2011 model year Sorento CUV, which is scheduled to begin rolling off the assembly line at Kia’s first U.S. plant – Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia (KMMG) in West Point, Georgia – later this year, and offers improved fuel economy and more passenger room and seating capacity than the previous model.

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As Kia Motors America (KMA) continues to make dramatic market share gains in the U.S., the new 2011 Sorento will continue the brand’s design-led evolution, following the recent introduction of several dynamically styled vehicles including the Soul urban passenger vehicle, the Forte compact sedan, and Kia’s first-ever two-door coupe, the Forte Koup.

“It will be a historic milestone when the first Sorento rolls off the assembly line at our state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in West Point, Georgia later this year,” said Michael Sprague, vice president, marketing, KMA. “Our first domestically built vehicle, the all-new Sorento will be built by team members who have undergone rigorous training and who have great pride in their newly learned skills.”

Styled by a global team headed by Kia Motors’ Chief Design Officer, Peter Schreyer, the longer and lower 2011 Sorento brings sleek styling and a futuristic touch to the world of the urban CUV. Following Kia Motors’ core philosophies of providing value, safety, warranty and fun to the driving experience, Sorento will offer an all-new design inside and out, a host of standard safety features, two- and four-wheel drive options and a variety of upscale appointments to appeal to a wide range of consumers.

Industry-Leading Warranty
Like all Kia models, Sorento will be covered by a comprehensive warranty program, which offers unprecedented consumer protection. Included in this program are a 10-year or 100,000-mile limited powertrain warranty , a five-year or 60,000-mile limited basic warranty, and a five-year or 100,000-mile anti-perforation warranty. A five-year/60,000-mile roadside assistance plan is also part of the comprehensive coverage program.