Hyundai has been on a consistent sales tear for many months, and that means additional production isn't far behind. Automotive News reports the Korean automaker will invest $173 million to modify and expand its Alabama engine plant. The expansion, which will make room for a new engine for the Hyundai Elantra, could be completed by March, 2012, and it will require Hyundai to add 214 much-needed jobs.

The expanded engine plant is good news for all parties involved, and according to AN, the good news could soon become even better. Sources claim Hyundai has had informal discussions regarding a new U.S. plant with at least three states in the Southeast. Hyundai CFO Lee Won-hee reportedly added fuel to the fire last month, saying that if the auto market continued to improve, Hyundai could consider building a second U.S. factory. South Carolina and Mississippi are reported to be among the states involved in early negotiations.

Hyundai's sales have jumped by 31 percent so far in 2011, yet Hyundai CEO John Krafcik added that the only thing stopping sales from improving more are capacity restraints. We're guessing that even if Hyundai doesn't build another plant in the U.S., the Korean automaker will add another assembly plant somewhere else in North America.


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      daniel
      • 3 Years Ago
      Adding more jobs to the plant is just the beginning, they are adding jobs to the suppliers that are surrounding the plant as well! So it's good news for Alabama and Georgia! Good job Hyundai!
      1guyin10
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hyundai has come a long way in the last 25 years. Its good to see more local sourcing going on. I'm sure those former Saturn and Pontiac customers will enjoy their new Hyundais.
      Bruno Nekic
      • 3 Years Ago
      For whatever reason anytime a Japanese/Asian brand starts building in the U.S. the quaily deteriorates. I personally try to buy vehicles actually built in those countries as they seem to be better made.
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        1guyin10
        • 3 Years Ago
        214 idiots laughing all the way to the bank - and they don't even have to give the communists a cut of their pay in order to work there. Hyundai is a very well run company and is here to stay. The best thing the Detroit 3 can do is keep their eye on the ball and make sure they are building the best car they can build. If there is something to be concerned about it is the day that someone starts selling a well equipped Chinese built car in the US for around 10 grand. That may be a flood no one can hold back.
        • 3 Years Ago
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      MAX
      • 3 Years Ago
      They're not adding jobs, they're stealing jobs. With the Detroit 3 gaining marketshare lately and Toyota losing marketshare, there probably be will be layoffs in Toyota world.
      longducdong
      • 3 Years Ago
      I just hope their quality levels stay up. Rushing and being behind = shoddy quality control. I think the Hyundai we bought was built on a late Friday afternoon before a big holiday or something. Nothing but problems....
      tenspeeder
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hyundai..call Mitsubishi..They may have an auto plant to offload to you.
      Paul
      • 3 Years Ago
      New engine for the Elantra? Do we know what this is?
        Scr
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Paul
        It's the same engine that is in the 2011 Elantra, which is a brand new engine. The 1.8 of the Elantra is only built in Korea right now. The Alabama engine plant only produces the 2.4 GDI that is found in the Sonata. Hyundai and Kia have big plans for these engines as they start using them in the rest of their lineup to replace the older engines which have less power and are less efficient.
        1guyin10
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Paul
        That is correct - the NU engine for Elantra. They are also adding capacity for the Sonata and Santa Fe / Sorrento engines. I believe one of the articles mentioned adding 300,000 units of capacity. Sounds like someone is going to be making a bunch of tooling. Maybe the next production line they build makes an NU powered Accent?
      duffypad
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hurry and show the the new Santa Fe and its engines.
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