Hyundai achieves another great milestone as the one millionth Sonata rolls off the assembly line at Alabama production plant.
The car in question is a 2012 limited edition 2.0 turbo with a radiant silver paint. T mark the event, Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama’s 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.
Hyundai has been on a constant rise in the American market since 2006 and the production of the old Sonata. In this short period of time they’ve come a long way and achieved incredible results by making the car that people need, rather than what they want!
I’m sure you have experienced this too. Hyundai, and Korean cars in general, are superb value, very easy to live with and enough for every occasion. But they lack the feel and passion you get from a European and even an American car. Trouble is, in today’s world of efficient motoring, nobody really cares about the ‘feel’ of the car anymore. All people want is value for money. And that’s why Hyundai is so successful.
“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.”
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.