MONTGOMERY, Alabama – Hyundai’s Alabama auto plant today kicked off production of the redesigned 2019 Santa Fe, with plans to produce more than 84,000 models this year to meet growing demand for SUVs.
The 3,200-worker Montgomery factory also produces the Sonata and Elantra sedans. Since late last year, the plant has been coordinating retooling, robot programming and other logistical projects to prepare for the start of Santa Fe production.
Today, workers and local leaders celebrated with a vehicle roll-off ceremony and a parade through the plant led by the new SUV.
“We’re thrilled about the design and technological features of this generation Santa Fe,” said Dong Ryeol Choi, president and CEO of Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama. “This SUV features Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist; Safe Exit Assist to warn drivers if a car is approaching when they exit the vehicle; and Rear Occupant Alert to remind drivers to check the rear seats when exiting the vehicle.”