Ever since the all-new 2011 Hyundai Sonata
went on sale in February, it's been selling faster than ever. Over 18,000 units were moved in both March and April and the new turbo and hybrid
models are still to come later this year. In order to continue meeting the demand for the new sedan, moving Santa Fe
SUV production out of Hyundai's
Montgomery, Alabama factory (where the Sonata
is also built) is now under consideration. Montgomery's been running overtime for weeks.
But if the Santa Fe
is ousted to open up additional Sonata capacity, where would it go? Sister brand Kia
recently opened factory in West Point, Georgia that builds the Sorento
. Relocating Santa Fe production there could work, since it the and Sorento
share many components already. If Hyundai does pull the trigger on a production shift for the Santa Fe, it could happen before the two new Sonata models are added in the fall.
[Source: Automotive News
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