MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama just started building the all-new 2020 Sonata in November. It’s the first model to be based on Hyundai’s new, “innovative vehicle platform”, which delivers improvements in overall driving performance.
The vehicle has already been named as a finalist for the North American Car of the Year. The other two finalists in its category are the Corvette and Toyota Supra. The 2020 Sonata was also named "Sedan of the Show" by the Southern Automotive Media Association.
“We call it sensuous sportiness,” Robert Burns, Vice President of Human Resources and Administration for Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama described the new look of the 2020 Sonata that comes standard with a new package of safety features. “Really upgrading the safety features with lane keep assist, cruise control assist, as well as a variety of others like a rear seat occupancy warning. So if you have left a dog or a child in the backseat and you close the door and you feel anything back there, a sensor will sound off and your key fob will start activating and your horn will go off.”
This new car means new adjustments to the assembly line. We wondered what it takes for the workers to adjust to those adjustments. When we asked, the folks at Hyundai said, "come see for yourself".
WSFA 12 News Reporter Bethany Davis got an inside look at the assembly line inside the Hyundai plant like most people never get to see. She even got a hands-on experience on the assembly line, installing rear seat backs in the 2020 Sonatas and Elantras.
Bethany is the first-ever non-Hyundai employee to work on the line. Hyundai is generally very guarded about how much it allows the public to see of its processes.
HMMA puts together about 1500 cars a day: The Sonata, the Elantra, and the Santa Fe. It recently announced it will add the Santa Cruz within the next couple of years. That will mean a few more adjustments to the assembly line.
The very first 2020 Sonata, made in Montgomery, was just sold in Texas.