Millionth Hyundai Sonata rolls off Montgomery assembly line

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama (HMMA) is marking a major milestone at its Montgomery assembly plant. The company announced that Friday its 1,000,000th Alabama-built Sonata rolled off the line and into company history books.

The vehicle, a 2012 limited edition 2.0 turbo has a radiant silver paint finish.

Team Members at the plant cheered as President and CEO Young Deuk Lim drove the Sonata off the quality inspection line. In the passenger seats: Vice President Production Ashley Frye and Robert Coleman, HMMA's Team Member of the year.

"I am so proud of everything our Team Members have accomplished in the past six years, eclipsing 1,000,000 total vehicles manufactured in November 2009, producing more than 300,000 vehicles in 2010 and now our 1,000,000th Sonata," said President Lim. "This milestone provides us an opportunity celebrate our many achievements and take pride in knowing our Hyundai spirit is alive and ready to reach any goal we set for ourselves."

HMMA says it has benefitted from enormous popularity of the Sonata. Its continues to be the company's top seller, and officials says it's part of the reason the plant is operating beyond its original capacity of 300,000 for nearly two years.

More than 2,500 Team Members are employed at the plant. Since production began in 2005, Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama has built more than 1.4 million vehicles.

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