Where Is Kia Made?

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Kia Motors Corp. may be based in South Korea, but as a multinational corporation selling vehicles in a variety of markets around the world, it has manufacturing facilities located in many different countries. A majority of the models available for sale in the U.S. are built in South Korea, while four are built in the Americas — three in the U.S. and one in Mexico.

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Made in the U.S.

The three models built in the U.S. are the Telluride three-row SUV, Sorento mid-size SUV and Optima mid-size sedan (just the gas-only version). All three are manufactured at Kia’s West Point, Ga., assembly plant.

Made in South Korea

Given that it’s headquartered in South Korea, it makes sense that a majority of Kia’s cars would be made there. Models made in South Korea include all versions of the Soul and Niro hatchbacks, the Cadenza and K900 full-size sedans, the Sportage and Seltos SUVs, the Stinger sports sedan, the Sedona minivan, the Optima hybrid and plug-in hybrid, and the Rio subcompact car.

Where Is the Kia Forte Made?

The Forte compact car is the outlier among the manufacturer’s U.S. lineup. It’s built in the company’s factory in Mexico.

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