Hyundai Plant May Produce More Than Expected - Montgomery Alabama news.

September 14, 2003

Hyundai Plant May Produce More Than Expected

Hyundai Sonata Hyundai Sonata
Hyundai Santa Fe Hyundai Santa Fe

Hyundai could build more types of vehicles at its billion-dollar Montgomery factory than the scheduled Sonata sedan and Santa Fe sport utility vehicle. Hyundai's New Product spokesman -- Mike Anson -- says additional types of vehicles are possible for the production line if they can be built on the same platform. But he says the plant will be running at capacity producing the Sonatas and Santa Fes.

A couple of years after launching the plant, Anson says other vehicles become likely because the plant should have the capacity. But he says no decision about what vehicle or how many will be produced has been made.

The first Hyundai vehicle to be produced in Alabama will be the 2005 Sonata, followed by the 2006-model Santa Fe. Hyundai will produce the new SUV in Korea through the end of 2005, then start making it in Montgomery.

Meanwhile, Hyundai continues signing up suppliers throughout Alabama. Also, the first of at least two-thousand workers are starting their new jobs. The first 160 workers were hired last month through the Alabama Industrial Development Training office.

Alabama Associated Press

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