Possible production changes for Hyundai plant

While it's not been confirmed by Hyundai, there are reports out of Korea of a major shift coming to the company's Montgomery plant.  The reports say the plant may lose one model and gain another.

A Korean newspaper, Chosun Ilbo is reporting a major announcement will soon come from Hyundai's headquarters in Korea.  The Montgomery facility currently makes the top selling models the Sonata and Santa Fe, but is reportedly about to change.

The Korean newspaper reports Hyundai will soon ship production of the Santa Fe SUV across the start line to Hyundai's sister company KIA's new plant in West Point, Georgia.  Once that happens, the Korean paper is reporting Hyundai will start making the Hyundai Elantra at the Montgomery plant in April of next year.  As many as 150,000 Elantras would be made here each year.

The Korean newspaper suggests making the change would drastically reduce exports from Hyundai's Korean plants and it would be more cost effective and boost production efficiency and product quality.

WSFA 12 News tried to get a response from Montgomery Hyundai plant.  A spokesman says they can't comment on this report and no official statement has been issued by Hyundai Motors.

Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange also isn't commenting on the report.  The head of the Alabama Department Office was not available for a comment.