• Sep 20th 2010 at 4:31PM
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Hyundai is getting ready to launch its redesigned Elantra here in the United States. Not only will it sell that car here, it will also be built here as well. Slated to join its Sonata and Sante Fe siblings, the 2011 Hyundai Elantra will be built at the Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama facility in Montgomery, Alabama.

Already on sale in South Korea, the redesigned Elantra will join a strong Hyundai lineup that aims to take a larger slice of the U.S. automotive vehicle sales pie. The design is attractive, the fuel-economy rating should be good, the interior will be feature packed and we expect the price to be just right.

According to CEO and President of Hyundai Motor America John Krafcik,
"Hyundai's philosophy is to build our vehicles where we sell them, and with the addition of the Elantra to our U.S. production mix we now manufacture our three most popular models right here in the U.S."
The North American-spec 2011 Hyundai Elantra is expected to make its North American debut at the upcoming Los Angeles Auto Show, and sales of the re-designed model are earmarked to begin early in 2011.

[Source: Hyundai]

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Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama to begin Elantra production this fall

  • Hyundai's three most popular models (Elantra, Sonata, and Sante Fe) will now be built in the U.S.

MONTGOMERY, Ala., 9/20/10- An all-new Hyundai Elantra will join its larger sibling, the Sonata, in production at Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama (HMMA) starting in late fall this year. This change, along with the recent move of the Santa Fe to a production facility in Georgia, will further increase Hyundai's overall U.S. production capacity, which was already producing over half of total U.S. sales volume.

"Hyundai's philosophy is to build our vehicles where we sell them, and with the addition of the Elantra to our U.S. production mix we now manufacture our three most popular models right here in the U.S.," said John Krafcik, president and CEO, Hyundai Motor America.

The all-new 2011 Elantra sedan will make its public debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show this November, while sales are scheduled to begin early next year. The new Elantra shares the same game-changing recipe of distinctive design and class-leading fuel economy that has made the 2011 Sonata the most shopped vehicle in the entire industry the last four months (source: Compete), and the 6th best-selling vehicle in the industry in August.

Sonata is the best-selling vehicle in Hyundai's U.S. lineup, with sales of 128,484 though the end of August, a 50% increase over the same period last year. Elantra sales through the same period of 90,960 are up 21% over the same period last year.

HMMA has consistently ranked as one of the highest quality plants in Hyundai's worldwide operations and is an outstanding example of Hyundai's focused commitment to quality. This year Sonata was again ranked in the top-three in quality by the J.D. Power and Associates Initial Quality Study in the competitive mid-size sedan category. The HMMA-built Sonata was also recently awarded Auto Pacific's first-ever President's Award in recognition of its record-setting consumer performance in 48 categories ranging from the basics of comfort and convenience, to performance and environmental friendliness.

More than 1,200,000 vehicles have rolled off the HMMA assembly line since production began on May 20, 2005.

"We're thrilled to be adding another pillar of the Hyundai lineup to our production mix here at HMMA," said Ashley Frye, director of production, HMMA. "We've been extremely proud to build both Sonata and Santa Fe on our assembly line, both of which have been hugely successful models for Hyundai in the U.S. and we hope to carry that momentum with us as we embark on the new 2011 Elantra."

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Wondering when if ever is Braumont's plant reopening.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Hyundai no longer owns the Bromont, Quebec facility. They build Goodyear Tires and Wind Turbines in the buildings now.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Autoblog, Hyundai has already moved the production of Santa Fe to Georgia - Kia's US plant. Partly to increase the production of the Sonata (to keep up with the unbelievable demand; partly to allow for some of the production of the new Elantra to be built here in the US.
        • 5 Years Ago
        To Hyundai :

        Quality suffer when your vehicle build in USA!
        • 5 Years Ago
        "The Bromont plant was operational for four years before it closed in 1994 — with Hyundai's sales unable to support the plant.[12] Hyundai subsequently sold the plant to Olymbec Inc.,[12] which in turn subdivided the plant leasing the former paint and assembly plant to Goodyear at beginning in February 2007 and later the former metal stamping portion of the plant to AAER Inc., a manufacturer of wind turbines based in Quebec."

        Interesting. Their first plant was in Canada.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I tested the current Elantra. Great car with great interior space. Almost perfect for a small family on a budget.

        I like the updated look of this model way better.
        One downside though, the last one had a punishing ride.

        If Hyundai can get a loaded model with Navigation out for $18,500 or less, they'll have a winner.
      • 5 Years Ago
      What kind of philosopher is John. Its a 30 Years old Soichiro Honda Philosophy when
      Honda built his first car in America.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I had one of the the previous generation Elantras for a weekly rental.

      The car easily surpassed my admitttedly modest expectations. If you are looking at one of its competitors, make sure you also look at the Elantra.
      • 5 Years Ago
      That's right buy American made rather than Canadian or Mexican made.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Good news for American workers. They need it. Keep it coming.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Apologies; wrong car! My comment was meant for the Citroen Lacoste. I'll repost it there.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I love how the front and rear lights continue their contour into the sheetmetal, along continuous, but parallel creases. Very attractive!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I like it!

      Is it just me, or do I see the Mazda 3's smile on the front end?

        • 5 Years Ago
        Not quite the same.

        Btw, you must mean Peugeot's smile front fascia (Peugeot had it before Mazda).
      • 5 Years Ago
      Nice car you got there.

      Still not allowed to park in the UAW parking lot!

      • 5 Years Ago
      I might be reading this wrong but one of the hyper-linked articles says it will be here in 2010 while this article says it will be early 2011
      • 5 Years Ago
      crappy autoblog...

      that plea was posted for CanadianCraig at the Hyundai offices.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Will Elantra Touring make the same changes?
        • 5 Years Ago
        I hope not but I fear so. The new Sonata and Elantra are overwrought imitations of Mercedes and Camry design elements, especially the bulgy front with a warped trapezoid grille. Sides and rear not too bad, but the current Touring is a model of simplicity, clean design, and balanced styling elements. Style sells for me, but not pretension. I haven't yet driven one, but on looks alone it's on my short list with the VW Sportwagen TDI. If the 2011 Touring looks like this sedan, I lose interest in Hyundai. I could get a used 2010 model, but then I couldn't select the options.
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