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The Hyundai Elantra is currently produced in Ulsan, South Korea, with about 100,000 of those vehicles earmarked for the U.S. each year. But while the Elantra is currently Hyundai's most successful export product, word on the street is that production of the affordable compact could come to the Korean automaker's Montgomery, Alabama plant in April, 2011, with volumes reaching 150,000 units per year.

Wards Automotive reports that Hyundai is considering the move, though Hyundai was quick to tell the auto-focused publication that no decision has been made. To make room for the Elantra, Hyundai could consider moving Santa Fe production to Kia's West Pointe, GA plant. But while Hyundai has the available production capacity here in the U.S., the Elantra's 2.0-liter engine would still likely need to be made in China and exported to the States.

If Hyundai does indeed bring Elantra production to the U.S., it would likely mean more high paying manufacturing jobs at a time when high-paying jobs are very tough to find, and that certainly wouldn't suck.



[Source: Wards Automotive]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      I can't wait to see these on the streets
      • 5 Years Ago
      The possible downside is that it may mean that the new Optima won't be produced at Kia's GA plant as originally planned, since the plant's manufacturing capacity of 300K annually won't likely be able to meet the demand for the Sorento, Santa Fe and Optima (Kia could very well build the Optima at its GA plant and import additional units if the need arises).

      • 5 Years Ago
      If true, the only fly in the ointment would be the imported Chinese engine. That would stop me from buying one even if the rest of it was made in the USA. From what I have read, the next-gen Elantra gets the 1.6L GDI engine dubbed 'Gamma'. The 2.0 is the GEMA 'World Engine' they designed with Chrysler and Mitsubishi, called 'Theta' by Hyundai. Hyundai builts that in Montgomery, Alabama for the US market. Time to add on to the engine factory.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hyundai's products are amazing as of late and beyound first class IMO..I hope Hyundai bring production of the elantra here to the US at the automaker's Montgomery, Alabama plant . Only thing that can make a great looking, reliable and good value for this great car better is knowing the car is giving jobs here to people in the usa when ford is taking more jobs of making cars out of the USA..GO HYUNDAI and I don't care about the big guy, I care about the little person, the person working a 9/5 shift trying to feed his or her kids. That new 2011 elantra is a nice looking car too. cAN'T WAIT TO SEE INSIDE OF IT
      • 5 Years Ago
      Beautiful little car. Now just give me a 2 door coupe or 3 door hatch, and I'll consider it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Dang-it all! I am going to end up buying a Hyundai one of these days. They're the new Honda. If this Veloster is what I think it is going to be. I'll buy a Korean car, and to hell with anyone who says anything about it.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I don't really understand any animosity towards South Korea. I have many Korean colleagues, they all hold the US in high esteem. They DO remember that we help keep their crazy relatives to the North at bay, and they ARE grateful.

        Also, they're generally a pretty fair trade partner, although for some reason the Democratic Congress won't ratify the more comprehensive free trade agreement with them that's been sitting around for a couple of years now.

        Anyways, I don't own a Korean car, but there's no reason I won't consider one now that they aren't garbage.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wasn't the rumor last week that Hyundai was moving Santa Fe production to Georgia to make room for more Sonatas? Perhaps Montgomery goes to 2 8 hour shifts instead of 1 10 hour shift per day?
      • 5 Years Ago
      they need a new plant if they do bring elantra. hyundai should be able to sell 250k sonata when turbo/hybrid arrives. and this looks like it will double the current elantra's sale.
      • 5 Years Ago
      toyota/honda vs. hyundai/ford TAG TEAM match will be on.

        • 5 Years Ago
        That's still teir 1 vs teir 2.

        Honda and Toyota still make the best engineered vehicles, they're teir 1. But Ford and Hyundai are teir 2, and that's not a bad thing. In fact, it's what people want. Ford and Hyundai have 92%-95% of the "car" that Honda and Toyota have but the cost is much lowr for the Ford or Hyundai. I mean, I don't want to pay an additional 10% for my car just to know that the company refined it to the nth degree. I drive my cars for 5-7 years, I wont see the quality difference.

      • 5 Years Ago
      This is my third purchase of a Hyundai , and have enjoyed them till recently. Seems that a dealership was putting moonroofs on them independently and forgot to remove the domelight and covered the light creating a fire hazard. Also my rear window is coming loose and it rattles loudly like a machine gun. Hyundai USA doesnt cover this by warranty. About this 10 year warranty they have, well its true they do have a 5 year warranty but thos dealership sold me a ma and pa store extended warranty which was bogus so I opted out of it. As far as that fixed gas price deal they had last year, that was a bogus deal too because they said the Elantra was 23,000 and they sold it to me for 18,000. LOL what a joke.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Good.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Angelo - as a former resident of Montgomery and the state of Alabama I do not care what your opinion is of Hyundai. All I know is that Honda, Mercedes, Hyundai, and Toyota have all brought very good jobs to the state...and your wonderful Big Three haven't....
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