• Aug 23, 2010
Straight from HQ at The Department of the Obvious, the 2011 Hyundai Sonata is selling as quickly as Miley Cyrus tickets before Cyrus lost the plot. That's got Hyundai Motor America shuffling production plans around in order to build enough Sonatas in the U.S., instead of getting them from South Korea.

Hyundai's Alabama plant produces the Sonata sedan and the Santa Fe, but Santa Fe assembly is being moved to a Kia plant in Georgia where the Sorento is built – easy stuff as they share a platform. With a production capacity of 300,000 cars at the Alabama plant running full tilt, the way things are going, it's no wonder Hyundai might be looking use all of it.

[Source: Automotive News – Sub. Req.]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Get 'em while they're hot!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Maybe Camry is your cup of tea?
      • 4 Years Ago
      This car must be for the blind because it is just awful looking, especially in the example picture on this page.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Wally

        A disparaging remark about the new Sonata? Surely, you knew you'd get downrated. I knew it.

        This excitement over a new design should send a clear message to the others that they need to pencil-in some daring-yet-tasteful elements into their next efforts. This particular car is more different than new, though. The CLS was first, followed by the CC. I wish VW would change nothing but the base price for the CC. I still think it's the best execution of this "4-door coupe" idea.

        @Larry
        The most recent Tiburon was underrated. I agree with you.
        • 4 Years Ago
        While a cars looks is always a subjective matter, I still think YOU need to get your vision checked. Different? Sure. Awful? Definitely not.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I am a Hyundai fan, repeatedly reporting my original trepidation to buy my '03 Tiburon GT, and repeatedly exclaiming that seven years later it has been one of the best cars I have ever owned, yet, when I first saw pics of the new Sonata I felt like you. But seeing it up close in person it looks MUCH better. Looks like a much more expensive car.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm, perhaps reluctantly, willing to give LILTIM the benefit of the doubt and assume that was his attempt at some low-brow humor. If not, then all I can say is, who let this fool out?!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Huuuu ugly looking?????? Well guess we all have our opinions. Like it or not Hyundai is here to play and they now are here to stay. Those who knock this beautiful car either A. never drove one or B. are scared that there own Cam/Cord just got outclassed by the "inferior" competition!
        • 4 Years Ago
        "Yeah, how could something with the styling blantantly copied from Mercedes be all that ugly?"

        @jake

        Actually, it was the CC that was blatantly copied from Mercedes.

        Unlike the Sonata, the CC's greenhouse and C pillar much more resembles the CLS, while the Sonata's greenhouse and C pillar is more reminiscent of a more rakish Audi A6 (let's not forget the Ford 500 was nearly identical to the A6 in greenhouse/C pillar).

        Funny how the same people are picking on Hyundai when VW was the more blatant copier, as well as totally overlooking Jaguar, which, w/ the new XJ, copied the greenhouse/C pillar of the A6/Azera (albeit more rakish/elongated).
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yeah, how could something with the styling blantantly copied from Mercedes be all that ugly?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Quote : "i don't know jake, mercedes are the ones who poached a hyundai designer."

        Yes, I remeber it.
        "Mercedes reportedly swiping Hyundai design (chief)"
        http://www.autoblog.com/2009/01/09/backwards-world-mercedes-reportedly-swiping-hyundai-design-chi
        • 4 Years Ago
        And let's not forget that the front (esp. the side positioned headlights) of the Mercedes F800 (which is supposed to indicate the future design path of Mercedes) resembles that of the Sonata.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Blatant copy? I dare you to prove it, Jake.

        Sharing styling cues are done among all automakers across the whole industry. Blatant copies are only done by third-tier Russian/Chinese automakers.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Ugly is in the eye of the beholder! IMO this how a Mercedes should have always looked, sporty!
        • 4 Years Ago
        "Yeah, how could something with the styling blantantly copied from Mercedes be all that ugly?"
        Merc's swoopy lines go down. Hyundai's swoopy lines go up. They got it all backwards! No wonder it's so ugly!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Many new cars designs look ugly to me if they step out from the norm. The new Sonata looks a bit ugly to me too. I have to say that its a good thing Hyundai stuck its neck out and came up with this unique car. The previous Sonata was vanilla for sure. Something that Toyota would have come up with.
      Someday I will have to drive one just to see what makes this car so great.
      Its beautiful and ugly at the same time?.
      I ask myself if I were to come up with a new car design how would I do it?
      You have to figure, a new fresh design is a tough thing to do considering what has come before it. How to design a car with out copying someone else, I think Hyundai did a great job with this car.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Everytime I see the Snota grill, I picture the beast from the Predator Movie.
      • 4 Years Ago
      If they're selling like hotcakes how is this "Another loss for Hyundai"? You're assumption that the percent of people attracted to this is ludicrously low is not all reflected by what's actually going on (see sales figures). But you are entitled to your opinion...not matter how incorrect/misguided you are!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Did someone press this thing into a car compactor? Looks a much uglier version of the 1998 Intrepid. And those wheels are horrific.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Dear Hyundai,
      Please built a hot version of the upcoming Elantra.

      Thanks,
      Mr. You Guy
      • 4 Years Ago
      If this were a sign that people are buying less SUVs, that would be nice. But the santa fe sucks from what i hear, so.. meh!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Where the hell did you hear the new Santa Fe sucks?
        • 4 Years Ago
        The frame rust problem affects 1st gen Santa Fes in snowbelt states, so it wouldn't really hurt sales too much. Haven't heard of complaints with the current version.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @middle way

        There has been a greater issue w/ rust on frame w/ Toyota Tundras and Tacomas (I guess that must mean that they truly "suck").
        • 4 Years Ago
        Remember the santa fe frames rusting away?

        I guess the truth is that they may not suck, they just have a bad rap and the sonata is selling like a wildfire, and the santa fe's aren't as hot of sellers.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Santa Fe dont suck. You may not like the styling but they are pretty practical suvs

        I own a 2004 and my friend owns a 2009 CDRi and have been very reliable. The current model is getting old and perhaps people are more interested in the new tucson.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Count me among those that like the new Sonata. I haven't sat in one so I don't know about the interior but from the outside I really like it's styling.
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