MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Automotive writers and other journalists from around the country are in town, guests of Hyundai Motor Manufacturing. Many of them are anxious to get behind the wheel of the newly released Hyundai Elantra. The Elantras are rolling off the assembly line here in Montgomery.
The journalists enjoyed dinner at the Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center Tuesday night, as they learned their itinerary for the rest of the week. Wednesday, they'll get that chance to test drive the Elantra over the streets of Montgomery and the surrounding area.
WSFA 12 News was at the Los Angeles Auto Show when Hyundai unveiled the new Elantra. Those writers and reporters will also tour the Hyundai plant where the Elantra and Sonata models are made. The journalists say they're eager to see what Hyundai and the River Region have to offer.
"I really want to see what Hyundai is doing down here in Montgomery," said Kurt Ernest, lead writer for RideLust.com. "I want to see the manufacturing facility. I've been fortunate to tour facilities from BMW and other manufacturers. Hyundai's doing things right. I want to see and get a feel for exactly what they're doing right."
"What better place to host this than the city where we actually make our American-made, 2011 Elantra," said Ariel Garcia-Linares, the event's manager. "We really want to showcase how proud we are of building this car in the United States. It's great that we selected Alabama, it's been a great state for us."
Hyundai touts the Elantra's design and fuel economy as reasons why they think sales will be strong.
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