- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Kia to build plant in West Point, Ga.

Kia Motors Corp., South Korea’s second-largest automaker, will build a $1.2 billion plant in Georgia, company officials said Monday.

Kia Motor President Chung Eui-sun and Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue signed an agreement in Seoul to build Kia’s first plant in the United States in West Point, Ga., according to Agence France-Presse.

The state had been competing with Mississippi and Kentucky for the new plant, which will be completed by 2009 with an annual capacity of 300,000 units.

It will employ approximately 2,500 Troup County workers.

A half-dozen suppliers are expected to set up operations in the county and surrounding area, possibly creating an additional 2,000 jobs.

Kia, an affiliate of South Korea’s largest automaker Hyundai Motor Co., chose West Point over rival sites because of its proximity to a Hyundai plant in Alabama, about 85 miles away.

The Hyundai Motor plant in Alabama, which opened last year, has an annual production capacity of 100,000 units.

Luxury, speed offered in new Maybach 57S

Text.normal:With the new model 57S, the Mercedes-Benz Maybach offers a high-end luxury vehicle with performance and handling that compares favorably to any sports car.

Power is improved with a Mercedes-AMG 6.0-liter V-12 biturbo engine that can do zero-to-60 mph in five seconds.

The speed-luxury combination makes the car attractive to the driver who expects the very latest high-performance technology and perfection typical of the Maybach brand.

Fax or mail items of interest to Bill O’Brien, Auto Notes, The Washington Times, 3600 New York Ave. NE, Washington, D.C. 20002. Use fax number 202/832-2167. The deadline is 5 p.m. on the Monday before publication.

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