Some 160 employees of Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia Inc. are headed to South Korea this month as part of an ongoing training process to develop skills they can use at the automaker’s West Point factory.

More than 1,200 workers from the Georgia plant have trained in Korea, mostly at the research and development center in the city of Namyang. The center covers all aspects of the vehicle design process, from pre-design studies to crash testing, according to a Kia news release.

During the trip, the workers will also gain cultural insight on Korea and learn more about the Kia Way, the company’s guiding philosophy.

Kia began making the Sorento sport-utility vehicle in Georgia in November 2009 and plans to ramp up to producing 360,000 cars per year in 2012. 

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