To understand just how far Hyundai has come in the past few years, look no further than the Sonata. The smartly styled sedan has earned attention and praise with fantastic efficiency and reliability, but we shouldn't forget that the last generation Sonata was a big step forward as well.

More important than critical success, Sonata has been winning over buyers as well. In fact, one million units of Hyundai's top-selling sedan have now been produced at its Alabama manufacturing facility. Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama plant celebrated the milestone with a small ceremony last Friday, a 2012 limited edition Sonata turbo with a radiant silver paint finish taking the millionth car honors.

The popularity of the Sonata has only increased with the latest redesign, helping Hyundai exceed the 300,000 unit capacity at the Alabama plant for the past two years. Hyundai has been building the Sonata in the South since 2005. Hit the jump to read over the official press release. ONE MILLIONTH SONATA ROLLS OFF HYUNDAI MOTOR MANUFACTURING ALABAMA ASSEMBLY LINE

MONTGOMERY, Ala., 07/29/2011

In a brief, internal celebration today, Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama (HMMA) marked its 1,000,000th Alabama-built Sonata -- a 2012 limited edition 2.0 turbo with a radiant silver paint finish. Team Members at the Montgomery, Ala. assembly plant cheered as President and CEO Young Deuk Lim drove the Sonata off the quality inspection line with Vice President Production Ashley Frye and Robert Coleman, HMMA's Team Member of the year in the passenger seats.

"I am so proud of everything our Team Members have accomplished in the past six years, eclipsing 1,000,000 total vehicles manufactured in November 2009, producing more than 300,000 vehicles in 2010 and now our 1,000,000th Sonata," said President Lim. "This milestone provides us an opportunity celebrate our many achievements and take pride in knowing our Hyundai spirit is alive and ready to reach any goal we set for ourselves."

HMMA has benefitted from the enormous popularity of the Sonata in the U.S. marketplace. Its perennial role as Hyundai's top seller has contributed to the plant operating beyond its original capacity of 300,000 units for nearly two years.

The plant has produced three different vehicles since 2006, the Sonata, Santa Fe and Elantra. Mass production of the Sonata began at the site on April 5, 2005. The plant built the Santa Fe from

April 2006 until August 2010. The Elantra sedan joined the Sonata in November 2010.

More than 2,500 Team Members are employed at the plant. Since production began in 2005, Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama has built more than 1.4 million vehicles.

HYUNDAI MOTOR MANUFACTURING ALABAMA

Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama, headquartered in Montgomery, Ala., is an independent manufacturing operation of Hyundai Motor Company, based in Seoul, Korea. HMMA currently produces the 2012 Sonata and Elantra sedans. Hyundai vehicles are distributed throughout the United States by Hyundai Motor America and are sold and serviced through more than 800 dealerships nationwide.


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      Zkrp
      • 3 Years Ago
      Seriously my hat goes off to Hyundai way to kill the game and wipe the floor with Nissan with the Genesis Coup and Mercedes, BMW, and Audi with the Genesis and Equis really impressed as well as Honda and Toyota with the Sonata. Can we please get a Turbo charged all wheel drive version of the Veloster
      Ultra
      • 3 Years Ago
      Won't take long before govt motors conspires against them and manufactures some fictious flaw like they did to Toyota with the whole unintended acceleration LIE. All allegations turned out to be false but the campaign succeeded in tainting Toyota's name. Hopefully Hyundai's leadership will have more of a fighter attitude than the crybaby Toyoda character who pooped himself in front of the bureaucrats.
        Rob
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Ultra
        It was Toyota's arrogance that got them in the mess they were in...they should have learned from Audi. Audi's gas pedal and brake were just a bit too close together on automatic tranny models and the gas pedals were found to stick on some of the toyotas along with the floor mats getting caught These were flaws that did cause some issues. Toyota chose to sweep it under the rug and they got caught. Your conspiracy theories ( as with most people who claim there is a conspiracy) is rubbish Do your research before you post
      ExoPlanet
      • 3 Years Ago
      US GOV't must tax 40% of all exported cash made in the US...min....should be 60.
        ExoPlanet
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ExoPlanet
        If they dont like it, move away and your not allowed to sell cars here anymore
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          @ExoPlanet
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        jchatman
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ExoPlanet
        Well... even though the corporate money is going overseas, the blue collar jobs are on U.S. soil. Do some research and see how many "imports" are assembled in this country and how many "domestics" are assembled in Canada, Mexico, and elsewhere. You may be surprised.
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        @ExoPlanet
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      darkness
      • 3 Years Ago
      Screw Alabama
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        @darkness
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      natron3030
      • 3 Years Ago
      I can't love this car with that front. But I can respect it.
      Vien Huynh
      • 3 Years Ago
      erm... i have a serious question, before I read comments on autoblog, virtually everyone praising Hyundai and the Sonata, why so many against it now?
      Danny Eckel
      • 3 Years Ago
      Good for them. It shows what investment in quality engineering can do. Good feature content, nice power trains, although I am not a fan of the styling namely the grill. But at least it's original not something Hyundai is known for
      boomchakalaka
      • 3 Years Ago
      Congrats on America's rapid descent into becoming a banana republic for Asia. Still enjoying KKKlinton years later, like tainted egg foo yung.
        Halcyon
        • 3 Years Ago
        @boomchakalaka
        newsflash, Ford just recall a million vehicle that were made in the USA. not China. i myself dont drive a korean car or an american so you both can go to hell with your xenophobe whinning and ranting about foreigners. This foreigner says you owe your chinese friends a few trillion with interest so shut your unread, uneducated xenophobe pie hole up and go look in the mirror.
      pauldke
      • 3 Years Ago
      i own one and love it
      tenspeeder
      • 3 Years Ago
      Good job Hyundai. And I think the grill works just fine on this car. When it comes refresh time, I just hope they do not stick the hybrid catfish front end on all the models. Now that is hideous
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