• Dec 7, 2009
Hyundai first started building cars at its Montgomery, Alabama assembly plant in May 2005, and last week amidst considerable fanfare, the plant's one millionth car rolled off the line. The milestone vehicle was a 2010 Sonata sedan, one of the last of its type before the plant switches over to the new 2011 YF model that debuted in Los Angeles at nearly the same time.

The plant also builds the mid-sized Santa Fe crossover and the mix so far has been about two-thirds Sonata with the CUV making up the rest. According to Hyundai, approximately 2,700 people work at the assembly plant. An adjacent engine plant produces V6 and four-cylinder engines including the new 2.4-liter direct injected engine for the Sonata. Official press release after the jump.

[Source: Hyundai]

PRESS RELEASE:

ONE MILLIONTH VEHICLE ROLLS OFF HYUNDAI MOTOR MANUFACTURING ALABAMA ASSEMBLY LINE

Montgomery, Ala., November 30, 2009 - Today, Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama (HMMA) President and CEO H.I. Kim, drove HMMA's 1,000,000 vehicle - a 2010 Sonata ? off the assembly line with Mayor Todd Strange, Hyo-Seung Kim, CEO and President of Sejong and HMMA Team Member Angela Collins joining him in Hyundai's top-selling vehicle in North America.
"Our guests of honor today are without a doubt the team members wearing the Hyundai logo on their chest," H.I. Kim proudly exclaimed to the crowd gathered for the ceremony. "We've over came many challenges since production began in 2005 and through it all our Team Members never turned away from those challenges. It is because of you that we were able to accomplish this tremendous milestone."

In a little more than four and one-half years, HMMA reached the 1,000,000 vehicle mark. The plant has produced two different vehicles since 2006, the Sonata and Santa Fe.

A total of 655,496 Sonatas and 344,504 Santa Fes were built to reach this achievement in the plant's short history.

"Most of you had never worked in automobile plant, but you embraced the opportunity to be trained to do a brand new job, with brand new equipment in a brand new manufacturing facility," explained Rick Neal, HMMA vice president and general counsel. "You learned to build cars in a very short time. Your vehicles have won numerous awards because you worked together as one team to build world class, high quality Hyundai vehicles. Congratulations to each and every one of you."

Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange, who helped bring Hyundai to Alabama during his tenure as director of the Alabama Development Office, congratulated Team Members for reaching 1,000,000 vehicles and helping to expand the automotive manufacturing sector in Alabama. Mayor Strange was one of the first representatives from Alabama to meet with Hyundai executives. More than eight years ago, on Thanksgiving Day, he flew to Seoul, South Korea to lure the global company to Montgomery.

Carver Senior High School's Drum Line, under the direction of Stephen Langford, entertained everyone with a raucous performance as the 2010 Sonata traveled down the quality inspection line. Plus, team members enjoyed spraying confetti over the sedan as it exited the line.

HMMA started producing Sonatas in May 2005. Santa Fes were added to the assembly lines in April 2006. The plant is currently manufacturing the 2010 Santa Fe and will soon begin assembling the "all new" 2011 Sonata.

HMMA employs more than 2,700 team members and has an annual economic impact of $420 million on the River Region.


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      • 5 Years Ago
      One of the reasons Hyundai built its plant in Alabama was because it is is a non-union state.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Good for Mary !!!
      JDM Life
      • 5 Years Ago
      In total?

      Theres cars that have sold well over that amount for ONE model.


      Congrats to Hyundai this show growth.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @JDM Life
        JDM, you realize that plant only builds two models, right? A million is pretty damned impressive.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @JDM Life
        With the words you omitted, spelled incorrectly, or the generally poor sentence structure, I cant figure out what you are attempting to say?

        Is the comment snarky, sarcastic, congratulatory?
        JDM Life
        • 5 Years Ago
        @JDM Life
        Thanks for explaining that DesignGuy


        Epyx is having trouble comprehending...
        • 5 Years Ago
        @JDM Life
        JDM Life...You lose.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I am happy for them! Although I would never drive a Hyundai (not my taste), two of my first cousins work at that plant and with the cost of living in Alabama so low a lot of positive things have been happening for the workers and of course my family members. My cousin Mary recently bought a house.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I still can't figure out why people say the cost of living in Alabama is so low. Just moved here from Connecticut 6 weeks ago:
        1. My car insurance for 2 cars went up $900. a year.
        2. Wine and beer costs more here than in Connecticut.
        3. There is a sales tax of 10% on EVERYTHING, including food. My previous Conn. sales tax was 6%, with NO TAX ON FOOD.
        4. Looked at new Scions yesterday- the distributor for the southeast has their own window stickers, which added $700. to the same Scion as sold in Connecticut.
        5. Gasoline is priced higher here.
        I could go on, but the point is clear. And besides, no decent pizza or Italian food here.
        • 5 Years Ago
        where abouts in CT? i live in connecticut.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Congratulations to Hyundai and to the workers in Montgomery, Alabama. I've a feeling the next million will take much less time withe the new Sonata.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I've driven past this plant. It is massive and the ONLY thing around for miles!
      • 5 Years Ago
      This country needs more manufacturing jobs. I wish Hyundai would build a few more plants. Oh yeah Hyundai......please build the next Accent 3-door here in the states. Korea is a long way off, and the dealer had to search the west coast to get me the car I wanted.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Hyundai just built another plant for its Kia subsidiary in Westpoint Georgia.
      • 5 Years Ago
      GOOD FOR HYUNDAI.. I have driven a sonata before and it does not surpass a Camry or an accord, but it sure is very close to them. but the price just puts it over the top.. I just hope that hyundai doesnt turn like those JAPs and raise the prices right after they start getting some recognition.
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