Top sellers of the Hyundai lineup, the mid-sized Sonata and the compact Elantra are popular in Los Angeles due to their combination of features, quality, and value. Hyundai has an increasing presence in the U.S. Hyundai’s United States headquarters is located just south of L.A. in Fountain Valley; furthermore, the Sonata and Elantra are built by Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama (HMMA), headquartered in Montgomery. On July 29, Hyundai Motor America announced that the 1,000,000th Sonata had rolled off the assembly line: a 2012 limited edition 2.0 turbo with a radiant silver paint finish. Team Members at the Alabama plant cheered as President and CEO Young Deuk Lim drove the Sonata off the quality inspection line with Vice President Production Ashley Frye and Robert Coleman, HMMA’s Team Member of the year in the passenger seats.
“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.” The Alabama assembly line has benefitted from the enormous popularity of the Sonata in the U.S. marketplace. Its perennial role as Hyundai’s top seller has contributed to the plant operating beyond its original capacity of 300,000 units for nearly two years. In addition to the Sonata and Elantra, the plant also produces the Santa Fe SUV. 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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