Hyundai revealed that the 2011 Elantra will be manufactured at Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama with the Sonata. Moving the production of the Santa Fe to Georgia and starting Elantra production give a boost to the overall production capacity of the brand in the U.S. market.
Georgia facility had been responsible for the manufacture of more than half of Hyundai’s total sales volume in the U.S. President and CEO of Hyundai Motor America John Krafcik shared that the brand’s main philosophy has always been to make the cars where they are sold.
The addition of the Elantra to the U.S. plant means that Hyundai is manufacturing its three most popular cars in the country, Krafcik adds. The sales of the 2011 Elantra started after its public debut at the Los Angeles auto show.
The 2011 Elantra has the same distinct design and fuel economy features that enabled the 2011 Sonata to become the most shopped car during the second quarter of 2010. The 2011 Sonata was named the 6th best-selling car in August 2010.
2011 Sonata had sold 128,484 units in August 2010, representing a 50% increase compared to the same period in the previous year making it the best-selling car for Hyundai. The 2011 Elantra, on the other hand, reported 90,960 units sold -- a 21% increase compared to the previous year.
Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama remains an excellent example of the company’s focused commitment to the quality of its vehicles and it has constantly been ranked as one of the best Hyundai quality plants in its worldwide operations.
2011 Sonata had previously been awarded as one of the top three in terms of quality in the mid-size sedan category by the J.D. Power and Associates Initial Quality Study. The 2011 Sonata also received the first President’s award by Auto Pacific.
The award was given in recognition of the 2011 Sonata’s record-setting consumer performance in about 48 categories from performance, convenience, comfort, to being environment-friendly. Production at the HMMA plant started in May 20, 2005, and since then, it has rolled off more than 1.2 million vehicles.
Production director of HMMA Ashley Frye shared that everyone at HMMA is excited at the addition of the 2011 Elantra to the mix. Frye adds that there was a great deal of satisfaction in knowing that the Santa Fe and 2011 Sonata were added to the assembly line. The two models have been very successful and Frye says that the HMMA hopes to continue this amazing momentum with the 2011 Elantra.