MONTGOMERY, AL - Hyundai Motor Company is moving production of its Elantra compact sedan to Montgomery from South Korea by the end of this fall, according to a news release from the company.
The move, coupled with shifting production of the Santa Fe to a facility in Georgia, will further increase Hyundai's U.S. production capacity. More than half of its cars sold in the U.S. were already being produced in America.
The company is redesigning the Elantra, which will make its public debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show this November. The Sonata, already the company's best-selling model, will continue to be built at the Montgomery plant.
"Hyundai's philosophy is to build our vehicles where we sell them," said John Krafcik, president and CEO of Hyundai Motor America.
Sonata, the best-selling vehicle in Hyundai's lineup, sold 128,484 vehicles through the end of August, a 51 percent increase over the same period last year. Elantra sales through the same period were almost 91,000, up 21 percent.
"We're thrilled to be adding another pillar of the Hyundai lineup to our production mix here at HMMA," said Ashley Frye, vice president of production, HMMA. "We've been extremely proud to build both Sonata and Santa Fe on our assembly line, both of which have been hugely successful models for Hyundai in the U.S. and we hope to carry that momentum with us as we embark on the new 2011 Elantra."