Kia Motors America sells first 2011 Sorento

Kia Motors America (KMA) has sold the first retail 2011 Sorento CUV, which was built at Kia Motors M

According to Kia, it is poised to continue its momentum and will build the brand through design, quality, value, safety features and with new technology.

The new Sorento employs a unibody design with an ability to fit up to seven passengers. It also features an AM/FM/CD/MP3/Sat audio system with SIRIUS satellite radio capabilities and three months complimentary service, auxiliary and USB audio input jacks for connecting personal MP3 players, and bluetooth wireless technology connectivity with steering wheel-mounted voice activation controls, said the company.

The model also offers a push button-start ignition with smart key, rear sonar back-up sensors, voice-activated navigation, rear view back-up cameras and air ionization purification technology.

The new 2011 Sorento CUV built at it's first US based manufacturing facilities in West Point, Georgia, will further enhance lineup and is now arriving in dealerships.

B M Ahn, group president and CEO of KMA and KMMG, said: "The all-new Sorento, Kia's first US built vehicle, marks a turning point for the brand and further solidifies Kia's commitment to the US market. On behalf of the thousands of team members at KMA and KMMG, and our network of more than 670 dealers nationwide, we are honored that Chick-fil-A, one of Georgia's most prestigious companies, will add the first retail Sorento to Cathy's collection of displayed vehicles at its corporate headquarters."

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Is anyone prepared to solve the NHS funding crisis?

As long as the political taboo on raising taxes endures, the service will be in financial peril. 

It has long been clear that the NHS is in financial ill-health. But today's figures, conveniently delayed until after the Conservative conference, are still stunningly bad. The service ran a deficit of £930m between April and June (greater than the £820m recorded for the whole of the 2014/15 financial year) and is on course for a shortfall of at least £2bn this year - its worst position for a generation. 

Though often described as having been shielded from austerity, owing to its ring-fenced budget, the NHS is enduring the toughest spending settlement in its history. Since 1950, health spending has grown at an average annual rate of 4 per cent, but over the last parliament it rose by just 0.5 per cent. An ageing population, rising treatment costs and the social care crisis all mean that the NHS has to run merely to stand still. The Tories have pledged to provide £10bn more for the service but this still leaves £20bn of efficiency savings required. 

Speculation is now turning to whether George Osborne will provide an emergency injection of funds in the Autumn Statement on 25 November. But the long-term question is whether anyone is prepared to offer a sustainable solution to the crisis. Health experts argue that only a rise in general taxation (income tax, VAT, national insurance), patient charges or a hypothecated "health tax" will secure the future of a universal, high-quality service. But the political taboo against increasing taxes on all but the richest means no politician has ventured into this territory. Shadow health secretary Heidi Alexander has today called for the government to "find money urgently to get through the coming winter months". But the bigger question is whether, under Jeremy Corbyn, Labour is prepared to go beyond sticking-plaster solutions. 

George Eaton is political editor of the New Statesman.