Where are Kia Vehicles Made?
Up until 2006, all Kia vehicles were made outside of North America, meaning any Kia vehicle you saw on the road was made overseas. These days, though, six of our beloved Kia vehicles are built in North America, with different models coming from two different manufacturing plants. Being a South Korean brand, many shoppers wonder if the vehicles themselves all come from South Korea. Get a look at exactly where your Kia vehicle was built in this Kia brand production location overview from Friendly Kia.
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Where are Kia Cars Made?
While a majority of Kia manufacturing plants are located in South Korea, a handful of the models you see here in the U.S. are built in plants located in North America.
There are five Kia manufacturing plants that manufacture the vehicles sold here in America. Those plants are located in Georgia, USA; Nuevo León, Mexico; Kwangmyong, South Korea; Kwangju, South Korea; and Hwasung, South Korea. Each of these different Kia manufacturing plants makes different Kia models you see around the U.S. This means that not every plant makes every vehicle in the U.S. lineup. Below we’ve laid out which models come from which Kia manufacturing locations across the globe.
- KMMG Georgia: Telluride, Optima, Sorento, K5
- KMM Mexico: Forte, Rio
- KMC Sohari (Kwangmyong): Sedona, Stinger, K900
- KMC Kwangju: Seltos, Soul, Sportage
- KMC Hwasung: Niro, Cadenza
Of course, these are not all the Kia manufacturing plants that are found across the globe, but they are the only ones that produce vehicles for U.S. sale. In total Kia Motors has 14 manufacturing facilities that are located across eight countries. Additionally, Kia houses four different design centers across the globe, with locations in Hwaseong, South Korea; Irvine, California; Frankfurt, Germany; and Shanghai, China.
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The Kia brand spans across the globe, with manufacturing plants in eight different countries. We hope this Kia brand production location overview guide gave you a better idea of where your favorite Kia vehicles come from before they arrive here at Friendly Kia in New Port Richey, FL.
Find your next Kia vehicle in the Friendly Kia online inventory or stop by our dealership at 5819 US-19, New Port Richey, FL near Tampa Bay to find your new Kia today.
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