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Thanks to parent Hyundai's new Montgomery, Alabama plant, Kia's mulling over its own factory in the South, this one in Meridian, MS. Due to its proximity to Montgomery, available acreage, and some glad-handing by Mississippi governor Haley Barbour, as well as the installed supplier base in the area due to the numerous other southern auto plants, Kia thinks Meridian might be a good fit. However, it ain't over 'til the Pontiac Aztek sings, and other southern states, including Louisiana and 'Bama are hoping for a slice of Kia's pie.

Kia Considers Mississippi [Detroit Free Press]

Spy Photos: 2007 Kia Magentis/Optima [Internal]