Hyundai to expand operations in Alabama

After sales slump, production to jump with new Sonata design

By Plant Engineering Staff December 12, 2007

The Birmingham Business Journal reports that Hyundai’s plant will be making more Sonata sedans next year, as the South Korean company

Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama spokesman Robert Burns said the plant will begin making the new Sonata model in January that should be ready for sales lots by the end of the first quarter.

Hyundai Motor Co. said it plans to produce 300,000 Sonata sedans and Santa Fe sport-utility vehicles at its plant in Montgomery in 2008, a company spokesman

Hyundai Motor produced 237,000 units at the factory in the first 11 months of this year and expects to build about 250,000 by the end of year, the company said.