MONTGOMERY, Alabama — Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama’s leadership, team members, and special guests today celebrated a production milestone — the 5 millionth vehicle built at the Montgomery assembly plant.
Hyundai reached the 5 million mark in a little more than 16 years, with the Alabama factory having begun production in May 2005. The milestone vehicle — a Santa Cruz Sport Adventure Vehicle — was revealed in auto show style at HMMA’s training center.
Mass production of the Santa Cruz began June 22, 2021, and signified many firsts for HMMA: the first open bed Hyundai vehicle built for the North American market, the first time a Hyundai vehicle has been launched at a U.S. facility before being assembled in South Korea, and the first time HMMA has produced five vehicles on the same assembly line.
“Reaching today’s milestone in HMMA’s storied history in Alabama would not have been possible without the energy and enthusiasm of our valued team members, the dependability of our supplier network and unwavering support of state and local governments,” Hyundai Alabama President and CEO Ernie Kim said.