Hyundai Santa Cruz to be Built at Montgomery, Alabama Plant in 2021
Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama has announced that the Santa Cruz compact utility vehicle will join the Santa Fe SUV and the Sonata and Elantra sedans at Hyundai’s U.S. automotive assembly plant in Montgomery, starting in 2021. The Santa Cruz was first introduced as a concept at the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama (HMMA), headquartered in Montgomery, Alabama, is an independent manufacturing operation of Hyundai Motor Company, based in Seoul, Korea. HMMA currently produces the 2020 Sonata, Elantra, and Santa Fe. Hyundai cars and sport utility vehicles are distributed throughout the United States by Hyundai Motor America and are sold and serviced by more than 900 Hyundai dealerships across North America.
The plant will require a $410 million expansion to support the addition of the vehicle. This includes additional space in the stamping, wielding and parts processing areas of the manufacturing complex. Direct employment will increase by 200 jobs and local supplies and logistics companies who support HMMA are projected to employ an additional 1,000 people in Montgomery and the River Region.
Santa Cruz is for those who want all the traditional attributes of a compact utility vehicle, but need the day-to-day versatility of an open bed. It’s the crossover that creates a whole new segment that successfully combines capability and utility to meet the unspoken needs of a new generation of buyers.
Stay tuned for more details as they become available!