LOS ANGELES -- The new headquarters of Kia Motors America in Irvine, Calif., will have its own design studio. The current Hyundai-Kia Motors Design and Technical Center nearby eventually will be used solely by Hyundai designers.
Kia's new $17 million, 65,000-square-foot studio is part of a $70 million headquarters on 21.7 acres. Kia broke ground last week on the headquarters, which is to be completed by December 2006. The studio will open in the spring of 2007.
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