Kia celebrates its 300,000th vehicle, a silver Sorento. Courtesy: Kia Kia celebrates its 300,000th vehicle, a silver Sorento. [Enlarge]

The Kia Motors plant in West Point has made its 300,000th vehicle, a silver Sorento SX, less than two years after its first Georgia-made car rolled off the assembly line.

The plant started full production in November 2009 and planned to ramp up to 300,000 vehicles annually. The Sorento quickly became the top-selling Kia model in the U.S., and now the plant is being expanded to increase capacity to 360,000 vehicles per year by 2012.

The plant, which operates as Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia, makes the Hyundai Sante Fe SUV and plans to begin making the Kia Optima midsize sedan later this year.

“Now, with three full shifts of production and the upcoming addition of the Optima, our production goals will continue to be very aggressive,” Byung Mo Ahn, group president and CEO of Kia Motors America, said in a news release.

The plant now employs 3,000 people.

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