DEARBORN, MI – There are no preparations to launch a luxury brand at Kia Motor Corp., but plans for a U.S. assembly plant could get under way as early as next year, a company executive says here at an industry conference. “To seriously consider a plant in the U.S., which we will at some point in time, we need to be able to sustain volume in excess of 300,000 cars a year on a consistent basis,” says Peter Butterfield, president and CEO of Kia Motors America Inc. “We should get to that level ...

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