. Hyundai Alabama Produces First Saleable
Ala. - Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama, LLC (HMMA) produced
its first saleable 2007 Santa Fe sport utility vehicle today,
marking the official start of production of the newly redesigned
SUV. The Santa Fe follows as the second vehicle added to
the Montgomery plant's production, where the first Sonata
sedan rolled off the line last May.
The 2007 Santa Fe debuted
in January 2006 at the North American International Auto Show in
Detroit, but has not been available for purchase until now. After
today's launch, HMMA starts production of saleable SUVs; shipment
to dealers across North America will begin once there is a sufficient
variety of vehicle trim and color choices.
With its segment-leading standard
safety technologies, all-new unibody SUV platform, bold new styling, a choice
of fuel-efficient V6 powertrains, and Hyundai's first SUV third-row seat,
the Santa Fe becomes a "must-drive" for consumers shopping in the crossover
segment. As the first production vehicle designed at Hyundai's design center
in Irvine, Calif., the Santa Fe is targeted to meet American consumers'
demand for safety, style, sophistication and performance.
"The Santa Fe is a very important
vehicle for Hyundai in the U.S.," stated J. S. Ahn, President of HMMA, "and
we are proud to produce this next generation SUV at our Alabama plant. Its
success will further strengthen our company and our plant."