Kia says the first vehicle at its US plant will be the all-new 2011 model year Sorento CUV, which is scheduled to begin rolling off the assembly line at Kia's first US plant - Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia (KMMG) in West Point, Georgia - later this year.

Kia claims the new models offers improved fuel economy and more passenger room and seating capacity than the previous model.

"It will be a historic milestone when the first Sorento rolls off the assembly line at our state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in West Point, Georgia later this year," said Michael Sprague, vice president, marketing, KMA.

"Our first domestically built vehicle, the all-new Sorento will be built by team members who have undergone rigorous training and who have great pride in their newly learned skills."

Styled by a global team headed by Kia Motors' Chief Design Officer, Peter Schreyer, the longer and lower 2011 Sorento brings what Kia says is 'sleek styling and a futuristic touch' to the world of the urban CUV.

Sorento will offer an all-new design inside and out, a host of standard safety features, two- and four-wheel drive options.