1000000th Hyundai Sonata rolls off the production line

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 3, 2011

Hyundai has a lot to celebrate, one of which is the milestone attained by its Montgomery-based facility, Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama (HMMA), which has recently rolled out its 1,000,000th Alabama-built Sonata. There’s just no denying that the Hyundai Sonata is a tremendous success in the U.S. This anniversary model is a 2012 limited edition 2.0 turbo that features a stunning silver paint finish.

Among those who attended the celebration at the Alabama facility were the plant employees and its President and CEO Young Deuk Lim, who drove the Sonata off the quality inspection line himself.

His passengers for this celebration “drive test” included the Vice President of Production Department Ashley Frye and Robert Coleman, HMMA’s Team member of the year.

President Young Deuk Lim said that he takes pride in the team’s accomplishments in the last six years. It built more than 300,000 vehicles in 2010 and it has now produced its 1,000,000th Sonata, proving that the Hyundai spirit is “alive.”

According to officials, the success of the Sonata is a major reason as to why the plant has been working beyond its original capacity of 300,000 units for the last two years.

In 2009, the Los Angeles Autoshow gave us a sneak preview of its upcoming Hyundai Sonata 2011 model. This exclusive event was for the Sonata’s much-anticipated debut in North America. In line with this, Hyundai presented an advanced all-four-cylinder engine to go along with its new “fluidic sculpture” design philosophy.

After the all-new Tucson, Hyundai is bent on commencing the production of its second car in the line-up beginning December 2009. The Sonata is among the seven new products of Hyundai from its 24/7 2.0 project. Hyundai’s initiative is to produce 7 brand-new models within the next 24 months. As early as January 2010, the all-new Hyundai Sonata is expected to be out in the showrooms.

Hyundai’s newest creation shows an all-new sophisticated approach compared to the rest of the vehicles in the segment. The latest midsize sedan is already equipped with highly efficient four-cylinder engine while incorporating luxury and style.

Momentarily, the new attitude in design is expected to show up in all the upcoming Hyundai models. The basic principle of this is to create an impression of non-stop motion. That is how the “fluidic sculpture design language” is interpreted in the latest model.

The all-new Hyundai Sonata is characterised with a high beltline that continuously flows all the way through the roofline up to the 3rd window. Also, the chrome trimmings reach out to the headlamps all throughout the beltline and along the hood.

On side view, the chrome accent conforms to the sleek, sophisticated lines that flow freely around the surface. Likewise, there’s a fabulously designed chrome grille and stunning headlamps waiting up front.

Needless to say, the interior is created to blend perfectly with the 2.0 design formula from inside and out. The all-new sedan is equipped with luxurious seats, sophisticated accessory panels and a highly elegant centre console with fluid outlines. Overall, the multi-spoke wheels (16/17/18) add up to Hyundai Sonata’s powerful and commanding presence as soon as it enters the US market.

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