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New Alabama-built Santa Fe Sport SUVs roll off Hyundai line

MONTGOMERY, Alabama – Hyundai’s Alabama auto plant successfully launched mass production of the Santa Fe Sport on Wednesday.

Workers built about 50 of the SUVs on the first day, and they will ramp up to possibly 200 per day next week, said Robert Burns, spokesman for the automaker’s Montgomery operations. By the end of the year, more than 36,000 are expected to roll off the facility’s assembly line, part of Hyundai’s effort to meet growing demand in the segment.

The production launch prompted Governor Robert Bentley to visit the plant, where he spoke with Hyundai Alabama CEO J.H. Kim and saw the facility’s skilled workforce and high-tech robots at work.

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