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Millionth Hyundai rolls out of plant

Montgomery's Hyundai production # 1,000,000 Montgomery's Hyundai production # 1,000,000
A special tag on the front of a white 2010 Sonata marks its significance. A special tag on the front of a white 2010 Sonata marks its significance.
Streamers fall from the ceiling as the car leaves the line. Streamers fall from the ceiling as the car leaves the line.

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Hyundai Motors celebrated a milestone Monday morning when a white 2010 model Sonata rolled off the assembly line.

The sedan marks the company's 1 millionth vehicle at the Montgomery plant, a feat that took just under 5 years of production to pull off.

The Carver High School drum line escorted the vehicle, decked with floral arrangements across its roof and hood, as it made its way down the quality control line. 

Four people were inside the car as it made its way down the ceremonial red carpet: Hyundai President H.I. Kim, Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange, President of HMMA Suppliers Association Ho Sung Kim and representing the quality control department and team members of HMMA Ms. Angela Collins.

The historic sedan will not go into a museum like other historic Hyundais. The plant's first Sonata rolled off the line in March, 2005 and the first Santa Fe SUV followed a year later. Both were signed by plant workers and held for the company's museum.

Officials say the millionth Hyundai will probably end up in a rental car fleet because of the industry's high demand for Hyundais. Rental dealers have been stocking up on models as of late, especially the 2010 Sonata.

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