Hyundai Motor Co. intends to implement a third production shift beginning in September at its Montgomery facility in Alabama in an effort to boost supplies of the compact Elantra and Sonata mid-sized sedan. An additional 20,000 automobiles will be produced at the plant by the end of 2012 due to the additional shift, the company disclosed.
Hyundai also revealed that it will add 877 workers for the new shift. This increases employment at the facility to at least 3,000 workers.
Hyundai is aiming to increase U.S. retail sales level by 100,000 automobiles in 2012, even as its car inventories are among the leanest in the auto industry. CEO John Krafcik at Hyundai Motor America commented that it is "definitely going to help us get there."
The sales of Hyundai in the United States increased 15% to 163,573 vehicles in 2012 through March. Meanwhile, the sales of Hyundai's bestselling Sonata model have increased 6% this year.
Demand for the company's second bestseller -- the Elantra -- has risen 8%. According to Krafcik, the automaker had no intentions to add an automobile at the facility in Alabama. In 2011, Hyundai manufactured 338,127 cars at the plant.