Hyundai Motors' forward momentum has certainly captured a lot of headlines, and in lieu of all the positive praise and sales improvements, the Korean automaker is raising its 2011 United States sales goal by 18.2 percent. This means that, between both of the Hyundai and Kia brands combined, the Korean automotive group hopes to sell 1.06 million vehicles in the U.S. this year.

The company's chairman, Chung Mong-koo (pictured), delivered this statement during a visit to the company's manufacturing facilities in Alabama and Georgia. To make up that 1.06-million-sales goal, Hyundai is targeting sales of 624,000 units, while Kia is anticipating 433,000 sales. Combined, the automakers sold 894,496 vehicles in 2010.

Mong-koo's visit to the U.S. also created speculation that the automaker may be looking to add another manufacturing facility here in the States. Currently, Hyundai/Kia has a plant in Alabama that manufacturers the Sonata and Elantra sedans, as well as a facility in Georgia that produces the Sorento and Santa Fe crossovers. According to Reuters, Hyundai has denied plans for an additional U.S. factory.

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      I just don't get it. I read these posts from you folks that are willing to sell out to companies from countries who have very restrictive, and sometimes even hostile policies towards American companies. I have no issue with Hyundai or Honda, just have an issue with them playing downhill, with the wind at their backs. Meanwhile, their country of origin create an atmosphere for US companies that is very restrictive and damn near impossible to work with. As someone who has travelled the world, and lived in other countries, I find it appalling they way Americans regard America. The very people who wave old glory and chant USA - USA - USA will at the drop of a hat, engage in acts of economic treason, then blame someone else for the state of affairs around them. Happy 4th of July to all you "wonderful" Americans.
        • 4 Years Ago
        "Engage in acts of economic treason" But... I thought that was the free market regulating itself in its own oh-so-beautifully elegant way, as described by so many American idealogues. Are you suggesting big-government intervention into the private sector to influence consumer behaviour would be a good idea, in this instance?
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      I will have to see what the US origin % parts content is looking like on the redesigned Elantra, Accent, and Sonata is. Hyundai didn't start building here in the US because the love American laborers, they did it because of currency fluctuations and the fear of a backlash by Americans against foreign good. The first Sonatas and Elantras they assembled in the US still used 100% parts of Korean origin. I need to see a little more support for our US economy before I get inside 2000 lbs of Korean steel and plastic.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Is that their domestic logo? It's much nicer than the italicized Honda H that I'm used to.
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        that is the Equus emblem. I feel the same way that they should change their emblem or the name itself.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It's the logo for Hyundai brand Equus, the most high-end Hyundai product as of today.
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      I am so happy that they are doing so will, they have the best looking products on the market right now, I have a 2006 Kia Sedona that I bought new, and just love it, this has been the best new car I ever bought. I have purchased many over my years, this was the second non American for me, I had purchased a new Kia Optima in 2004. They have been very trouble free and the warranty is just great for the minor things I needed, they even replaced the battery. I wish my gas mileage was better on the Sedona, but we only use it locally, so none of the vans this size would do any better. Total thumbs up here!
      NAIF S
      • 4 Years Ago
      Contact GM. They have a plant in Spring Hill, Tn that is not being used. Might get a deal. Just remember to send me a finders fee check.
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        @NAIF S
        your finders fee will come with your unemployment check courtesy of Korea Motors...Enjoy the benefits of the Koreans increasing their production in your country...oh wait, they build the factories in the USA, sorry I forgot you are manufacturing the rope with which they'll hang you No wonder the USA is becoming a third world country...
          • 4 Years Ago
          Do your Homework...Learn about the global automotive again when your worthy...
      Bryan Lund
      • 4 Years Ago
      It certainly restores my faith in the American people that they're finally buying up these Kia motorcars left and right. I had ta cheerlead the brand on for literally years before the lamebrains would finally get it. Yikes and spikes. There is grey matter left in the U.S.!! Cue to Jim Carrey in 'Dumb and Dumber'..."We landed on the moon!"
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