Hot sales of 2011 Hyundai Sonata force production changes
The 2011 Hyundai Sonata has been selling like hot cakes since it came to market earlier this year. The stylish midsize sedan sold 107,085 units through July, up from 73,862 for the same period last year.
Sales are so hot that Hyundai has been running its plant in Montgomery, Alabama at maximum overtime for several months to meet demand. With new Sonatas still in short supply, Automotive News reports that Hyundai is shifting production of its Santa Fe crossover vehicle to free up capacity.
The Santa Fe is reportedly scheduled to move to a plant in West Point, Georgia that’s owned by corporate cousin, Kia. Hyundai’s crossover will be built alongside the new Kia Sorento, with which it shares a platform. A source familiar with the issue said that new workers have already been hired to staff the second production line.
Though Hyundai is staying tight-lipped on the subject, this is obviously good news for the company and good news for the local economies in Montgomery and West Point.