U.S. Sales and Production Milestones for Subaru and Kia
Subaru has just delivered its 10-millionth vehicle in the U.S., while Kia has announced the production of its 3-millionth vehicle at its West Point, Georgia plant. Subaru executives were on hand last week for a surprise celebration as Dr. Craig Harmon picked up his new 2019 Subaru Impreza at the nations oldest Subaru retailer, Nate Wade Subaru in Salt Lake City, Utah. Harmon and his family have owned a combined total of seven Subaru vehicles. “It took us 41 years to achieve our first five million sales, and just over 10 years to achieve the next five million,” said Thomas J. Doll, President and CEO, Subaru of America. “ Founded in 1968, Subaru of America offered a single model, the 360 micro-car, and sold a total 332 vehicles in its first year. Today, eight available model lines including SUVs, sports cars, a mid-size sedan, a compact sedan and 5-door and a plug-in hybrid are propelling the company to a projected 700,000 in vehicles sales.
Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia, Inc. (KMMG) recently reached a milestone of its own when the plant’s three millionth vehicle – a white 2020 Telluride SX Prestige – rolled off the assembly line. Representing an investment of more than $1.1 billion, KMMG began mass production on Nov. 16, 2009 and today produces more than 40 percent of all Kia vehicles sold in the United States. The plant will celebrate its tenth year of production later this year.